PRESENTING MISS BETTY BUCKLEY FOR YOUR PLEASURE
BONNIE GOLDBERG

Miss Betty Lynn Buckley first took to the stage at the tender age of two when this precious precocious toddler sang for her church congregation.  By three, she was taking dancing lessons from her Aunt Mary Beth, a former Billy Rose hoofer, and by eleven when she witnessed a Bob Fosse rendition of “Steam Heat” in a summer stock show of “Pajama Game” her fate as a stage performer was sealed in stone.

Known as “the little girl with the huge voice,” a voice The Hollywood Reporter would later dub “one of the wonders of the world,” Betty made her professional stage debut at age 15 in “Gypsy” and by the following year was performing more than a dozen shows a day in Six Flags Over Texas musical revues.  After winning beauty pageants, entertaining troops overseas with Miss America, a journalism degree from Texas Christian University, she was lured to Broadway where she landed the role of Martha Jefferson in”1776” within hours of getting off the plane.

You can catch up with this busy lady for a few musical performances when she arrives on the Hartford Stage tonight through Saturday, July 11, doing her signature show “Broadway By Request.”  You pick the songs you want to hear and Miss Betty Lynn Buckley will belt them out, adding spice to the delectable dish with personal anecdotes from her glamorous stage career.  Certainly someone will request “Memory” from her spectacular show-stopping scene as Grizabella in “Cats.”  Perhaps she’ll be asked to sing a song or two from her latest CD “Quintessence” like ”Something’s Coming” or “So Many Stars.”  You decide.  Whatever you select, you know it will be memorable.

For tickets ($30-75), call the Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street, Hartford at 860-537-5151.  Performances are tonight at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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