Betty Buckley in “The Old Friends”

Me with Betty Buckley and Michael after Betty’s fab performance in “The Old Friends” in NYC

BEST anniversary ever!

Last night on our quick NYC trip, we saw why Betty Buckley and company are receiving rave reviews for the Signature Theatre world premiere of Horton Foote’s “The Old Friends.”

A force of Texas nature, Betty is amazing in a role worthy of her considerable skills and star power.  This play is an “event” and her performance is fantastic.

While the production closes this weekend after being extended twice, one can only hope we see this gorgeous play moved to Broadway.

Bravo everyone!

I interviewed Betty this week for my radio show, The Candi & Randy Show. Click the play button below to her Betty chat on her new hit play, her upcoming concerts in Las Vegas, and how she sees her creative process.

Opening night – Betty Buckley’s dressing table

I don’t I can even explain how much I love this pic…

Betty Buckley shared this pic on her Instagram (if you don’t follow her there, you’re really missing out).

Something about the energy of an opening night in NYC with a new play, etc, etc…  You can just see the exuberance in Betty Lynn’s face.

And then there’s the perfect “Texas” hair – which Betty would know something about, don’t you know?

p.s. did I mention she got RAVE reviews…?

Betty Buckley window shopping in NYC

Betty Buckley is one of the most fab people I know (how cool that I even get to say that???).

Betty is in NYC for the new world premiere of the Horton Foote play, The Old Friends.

Directed by Michael Wilson, the play will star Betty, Hallie Foote (the late playwright’s daughter and a renowned interpreter of his work), and Lois Smith. It begins performances Aug. 20 at the Signature Theatre’s Pershing Square Signature Center, with official opening set for Sept. 12.

However, Betty loves taking pictures and she recently posted great photos on her Instagram account of the gorgeous window at Bergdorf Goodman. What I love is that Betty captures not only the window design itself, but in the reflection you can see her taking the picture in the middle of all the gorgeosity (I may have made that word up, but it seems appropriate).

Don’t miss the premiere of Horton Foote’s play – here’s ticket (and more) info.

And if you’re in NYC, just note that that person taking pictures next to you on the street just might be a certain Tony Award winner… 🙂

Follow Betty on Instagram here.

Orange County: Betty Buckley in concert this weekend

Hey Orange County!  You have three opportunities to see the fab Betty Buckley this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, starting tonight at 7:30.

Betty will be performing her acclaimed “Ah Men – the Boys of Broadway” along with some songs from the follow-up “The Other Woman: The Vixens of Broadway.”  I’ve seen Miss Betty perform many times in concert, and every time I walk away breathless.  Here’s a link to my review of the show when Betty was in Las Vegas last fall.

What could be better than great songs performed by a great artist in a beautiful setting?

If you don’t have the opportunity to see Betty Buckley this weekend, you can enjoy this evening of songs on her CD of the same name. Check it out on Amazon. 

For more info, click here.  

Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center

NYC: Betty Buckley to star in world premiere of “The Old Friends”

Tony Award winner Betty Buckley and Tony Award nominees Hallie Foote and Lois Smith will appear in the world premiere of  Horton Foote’s The Old Friends as part of Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 season.  Performances will begin Aug. 20 with a Sept. 12 opening.
Go to Signature Theatre’s official website for more info.

Horton Foote’s work has been produced at Signature Theatre in previous seasons. He was the fourth Playwright-in-Residence during its 1994-95 season.

Signature Theatre also produced the world premiere of The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-01 season and The Trip to Bountiful, featuring Lois Smith, in the 2005-06 season.

“In The Old Friends, matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families await a visit from Mamie’s son Hugo and his wife Sybil,” press notes state. “When Sybil arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations.”

Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful is currently on Broadway starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Betty Buckley talks about DEAR WORLD in London

Tony Award winner Betty Buckley

How fantastic to see longtime entertainment TV reporter Bobby Wygant of Fort Worth, Texas (my hometown!) interview the brilliant Betty Buckley about her beautiful new production of DEAR WORLD in London.

I saw the production last week and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Gillian Lynne (Cats, Phantom of the Opera) on directing duties, Betty Buckley bringing her luminous artistry to the lead role, and a score by Jerry Herman. What’s not to like?

Great bits of numbers in the video here. Go, Betty!

Betty Buckley night in London

With Betty Buckley and Michael at The Ivy in London

First night in London, and we saw the fantastic Betty Buckley in the UK premiere of Jerry Herman’s DEAR WORLD at the Charing Cross Theatre. The show AND Betty were terrific! Seeing this beautiful gem of a show on stage finally was worth the wait. And Betty knocked it out of the park with each scene and song. Highlights were her tender readings of “I Was Beautiful,” “Kiss Her Now” and of course “I Don’t Want To Know.” Betty’s “Madwoman” was both hilarious and touchingly vulnerable.

Plus – you travel around the world to run into friends 🙂

Walking out of the theater we realized our friend Billy Stritch saw the same performance. He’s in town as music director for Liza’s sold-out concert tonight here in town. So he joined us for late dinner with Betty and friends at The Ivy.

Ah, The Ivy! Great London atmosphere and the staff was so kind to endure all of the picture taking and seat-switching as the conversations went on. I can’t repeat anything said at the dinner because apparently membership to the club means nothing you hear there can be passed on later. Some rule Betty explained to us. Oops – I think I just passed something on…. Erase, erase, erase…

Great night.

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Michael and I with Billy Stritch after DEAR WORLD

Our London friend and host (and “Mr. Knows-Everyone”) Michael Valdes

The group at the Ivy. We closed the place down 🙂