I have seen many performers over my lifetime. Like that famous saying, "Some people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime," I feel that can apply to performers as well. On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, I saw one performer who is definitely around for a lifetime, the legendary Betty Buckley!
Betty's new cabaret show, "Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway" is at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in NYC until October 29! In this new show, Betty sings men's songs from Broadway shows that she has always wanted to sing, including numbers from "Sweeney Todd," "West Side Story," "Guys and Dolls," "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," "Pippin," and "La Cage Aux Folles."
What distinguishes Betty as a lifetime performer is that her talent has stayed with her since she first stepped into the spotlight! Betty captivated the audience from the moment she sung her first note. Betty's vocal quality is powerful with a belt that would leave most singers gasping for air.
It was such a treat to hear Betty sing some of my favorite male showtunes such as "Maria" (from "West Side Story"), "Younger Than Springtime" ("South Pacific"), "Not While I'm Around" (from "Sweeney Todd"), and "Hey There" (from "The Pajama Game") as well as introduce me to new ones: "Corner of the Sky" ("Pippin") and "A Hymn To Her" (which was one of my favorite moments in the show). The most special moment of the evening came at the very end when an audience member requested Betty sing "Memory" from "Cats" (the show which won her a Tony Award). Betty was so great to oblige! It was pure delight to see and hear Betty embody this song as she resurrected her chacter of "Grizabella" to do it.
Betty's show "Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway" is a must see for two major reasons: One is Betty's talent and two because it's like a master class combined into a show. I saw first hand what education, hard work, and passion does for someone and for Betty it has created a lifetime career!
The evening was extra special for me because I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to meet Betty after the show. She was so kind and gracious. I got to personally thank her for doing an interview with me for my blog a few weeks back (click here for my interview with Betty Buckley). As appreciative as I was of Betty for taking time out of her busy schedule to do the interview, Betty was equally appreciative of me conducting the interview of her.
With just two weeks left, the time to see Betty Buckley "Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway" is now! Betty Buckley "Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway" plays at Feinstein's at Loews Regency through October 29! Click here for tickets!