‘An evening with Betty Buckley’ comes to campus
By Nicole Lord
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will share “An Evening with Betty Buckley” Sept. 16 at the Givens Performing Arts Center. The Tony Award winner is visiting the campus as a part of her fall concert tour. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Betty Buckley, born in Fort Worth Texas, has been singing since she was two-years-old. Buckley’s inspirations came from listening to Della Reese and Judy Garland when she was a child.
Buckley won a Tony Award for her role as the glamour cat, Grizabella, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats.” She received her second Tony Award nomination in 1997 for her performance in “Triumph of Love.”
Buckley then ventured into the world of television, devoting three seasons to the HBO series “OZ.” Buckley also made an appearance on the USA series “Monk.”
Today, at the age of 58, Buckley intends to make more “Memories” with her fall concert tour.
The fall tour will start at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill, on Aug. 28 and 29. Then, after a four-day tour in Palm Springs, Calif., Buckley will make her way to UNCP.
“We are thrilled,” said Patricia Fields, executive director of the Givens Performing Arts Center. “She is a multitalented performer.”
Fields also said that the Givens Performing Arts Center is encouraging as many students to attend as possible.
“We’ve even cut the student ticket prices down,” she said.
As for the rest of the crowd, Patricia Fields hopes that the Givens Performing Arts Center will be sold out for the show.
When asked about the Broadway star, and any diva-like qualities she may have about the show, Fields said, “She is very easy to work with.”
Buckley is a really diverse performer and she should put on a great show; we all look forward to seeing her perform, said Fields.
David Thaggard, assistant director at GPAC was the man behind the recruiting.
We work with different agencies to book shows and when David saw that she was touring he went after her, said Fields of her co-workers’ ability to arrange a Betty Buckley performance on the campus.
In addition to the performance, Buckley will offer a Musical Theatre Master class for the UNCP students on Sept. 15, the day before her big show. The class is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. and will be held in GPAC on the stage.
“My students are definitely excited,” said Travis Stockley, assistant professor for music.
“She has won two Tony Awards and that is something big in our department,” Stockley said.
Buckley will be showing the students a “thing or two” about musical theatre, from a professional position.
“ New York has it’s own stars, you know, different from Hollywood, and she is one of them,” Stockley said.
Ticket prices for the concert are $28, $26, or $15 for general addmission, $12 for child or student, $5 for UNCP student and $15 for Faculty or Staff. Box office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, one hour before the performance and during the intermission of any performance.