Our Tony-winning Broadway star Betty Buckley is gearing up for another round of workshops in Fort Worth, followed by two concerts with the workshop participants in June. Here's the complete press release:
Theatre Hall of Fame honoree and legendary Broadway star Betty Buckley will be offering a three month Spring Intensive Song Interpretation Workshop at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth beginning April 7. The training will focus on preparations for Story Songs IV, two nights of concerts to be presented in June, starring participants in the workshop.
Buckley is back in Texas from an amazing year in London and NYC garnering critical acclaim in Jerry Herman's Dear World and the world premiere of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends. She will be sharing with singers and actors those skills that had reviewers calling her recent performances of Countess Aurelia as a "rare treat" "a triumphant return to the West End" (Frontrowdress.com), "the woman is amazing!" (musicalstalkers.com), "This master class in Broadway stardom from Buckley is a rare treat on or off the West End, take full advantage." (Bargaintheatreworld.com).
Last Fall in The Old Friends she had the critics raving, “a tour de force for Betty Buckley, combining venom and spice. (NY1), “a virtuoso ensemble led by Betty Buckley…delivers a master class in precision acting (NY Post) “Buckley shines” (NY Daily News) “her performance is as rich and layered as any of her award-winning musical theatre outings.” (Playbill)
The Workshop includes high school age, amateur and professional singers and actors. Auditors are welcome and will participate in the group exercises. Full participants will also do one on one work with Buckley directing their songs or monologues. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram observed Buckley's passion for teaching a few years ago, here.
Buckley is especially proud of her high school students, all of whom, through the work they have done in her past workshops, have been admitted to the universities & performing arts conservatories of their choice. "It gives me such joy to assist the growth of my younger students and to facilitate the dreams of my mature students to step into their true potential. It is my privilege to pass along the tools given to me by my great teachers," Buckley said.
Actress/singer Buckley, additionally a film, television and concert/recording artist, has been teaching in her hometown of Fort Worth for the past eight years. She shares her expertise and guides her students through a methodology that facilitates audience connection through songs and monologues. Her emotional connection to songs and audiences is renowned, and that very connection is at the heart of what Ms. Buckley imparts to her students.
The Workshop consists of 18 evening meetings beginning at 6:30pm on April 7 and is held at the Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth. An accompanist will be provided. For further details and to arrange an interview, prospective participants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to www.bettybuckley.com.
About Betty Buckley:
Ms. Buckley starred in the World Premiere of Horton Foote’s brilliant play The Old Friends at New York’s Signature Theatre. Earlier last year she received rave reviews starring in the London premiere of Jerry Herman's Dear World directed by Dame Gillian Lynne. She plays a recurring role on ABC Family's hit show Pretty Little Liars. Her critically acclaimed shows, Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway and The Other Woman: The Vixens of Broadway debuted at Feinstein’s, New York City’s illustrious cabaret room. In 2012, she co-starred in Dallas Theatre Center’s smash hit Arsenic and Old Lace. The Tony award winner has thrilled audiences with acclaimed performances in such shows in Broadway and on London’s West End as Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Carrie, Song & Dance, Triumph of Love, Pippin, Promise, Promises and 1776. Her highly praised starring role in the M. Night Shyamalan feature film The Happening, joins her other memorable film performances including Tender Mercies, Frantic and Carrie.
In addition to her recent Theatre Hall of Fame induction, in 2009, Ms. Buckley was honored with the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Theater and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2007. She is a Tony Award Winner & has been nominated for a second Tony, an Olivier Award & Evening Standard Award in London. She has received two Emmy nominations for her work in television & two Grammy nominations for her recordings.
She has a new recording to be released by Palmetto Records, Ghost Light produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, in August 2014.
The Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, honoring outstanding Musical Theater in Tarrant County High Schools, was named for Buckley and her outstanding contribution to Musical Theater.