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Betty Buckley: Dark Blue-Eyed Blues

May 28, 29, 30, 31

Joe's Pub

May 28, 29, 31: Doors at 6PM & 8:30PM; Show at 7PM & 9PM
May 30: Doors at 6PM; Show at 7PM

After her sold out engagement last fall, Betty Buckley returns with a quartet of musicians headed by pianist Christian Jacob, at the end of May for seven shows with a new show specifically tailored for Joe's Pub called Dark Blue-Eyed Blues. Her new collection of songs include standards and songs by contemporary writers featuring glamour, torch and comedy. 

Last October Stephen Holden of the NY Times wrote about her GHOSTLIGHT show for Joe's Pub: "The show amounted to a master class in song selection and interpretation by a voice whose true grit and trembling sensitivity suggest a Texan version of Tennessee William’s Blanche DuBois. With material as powerful as the songs on the record…The main attraction at any of her performances is the voice and sensibility of an interpreter who, at her best, can take you to the center of the earth all by herself."

Betty Buckley, who has been called “The Voice of Broadway,” is one of theater’s most respected and legendary leading ladies.  She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world.  She most recently was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for 2012.

"Buckley seemed to inhabit the character once more, extending a hand to the audience she had already won over through sheer grace. French pianist Christian Jacob, her musical director who writes many of her arrangements, had a light but essential touch."  -James Reed, Boston Globe (March 14, 2015)

"Betty Buckley just released an album, “Ghostlight, a collaboration with the great producer T Bone Burnett, an old friend form Texas, that captures more dimensions of her complex musical personality than anything she has recorded before...In uncovering the truths in song lyrics, Ms. Buckley might be described as a heart surgeon." -Stephen Holden, The New York Times (October 8, 2014)

About her recent star turn in the "Follies" concert in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 85th birthday, at London's Royal Albert Hall: 

In the case of Betty Buckley as Carlotta, the casting was inspired. Gracious and worldly, star power effortless in every gesture, every phrase, Buckley was the quintessential diva, the real deal. Rightly so, her powerful and joyful rendition of   I’m Still Here  stopped the show and saw audience members leap to their feet. There was something truly astonishing about hearing the orchestra change key while watching Buckley’s eyes dazzle with the expectancy of the notes to come, her whole body immersed in the task of selling the song. I have never heard this song sung better in live performance. Buckley alone was worth the price of admission.” -Stephen Collins, (April 29, 2015)

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