‘Preacher’ Superfan Betty Buckley on Joining the Series: ‘I Was Literally Dancing Around My House’
Lori Acken June 23, 2018 3:00 pm
And now you’re about to embark on “Hello, Dolly!” — a 44-week tour of more feel-good.
My catch phrase for that is we’re gonna “Make America Happy Again!” I don’t know if you’ve seen the current Broadway production, but it’s just so joyous. I saw it last winter with Bette Midler, and the whole place was standing up at the end. Tears were just streaming down my face, everybody I’ve talked to had the same similar experience. It’s such a joyous production that you feel rapture by the end.
I’m just personally grateful to get to play somebody like Dolly Levi as an antidote to Madame L’Angell, after four months of immersing myself in this dark, murky world of Angelville.
I’m quite sure that my friends and family are gonna think I’m completely schizophrenic.
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Watch Betty Buckley in Preacher, Season 3 Premiere, Sunday, June 24, 9/8c, AMC
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Tony Award-winning Broadway legend BETTY BUCKLEY will release her inspiring and emotionally-compelling new live album Hope a profound mix of Americana, pop, rock and standards from Palmetto Records in physical, digital and streaming formats on Friday, June 8. Buckley will celebrate the album at Joes Pub at the Public in New York with an exclusive four-concert engagement from June 5 to 9. Buckley will also offer a Five Day Performance Workshop at New York s T. Schreiber Studio from June 2 to 8. The album Hope coincides with her debut as Madame L Angelle in the AMC television hit Preacher the third season begins June 25 and rehearsals this summer for her starring role in the first National Tour of the smash Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! These successes follow a remarkable year which included co-starring in M. Night Shyamalan s film Split (the #1 Movie in America and an International Box Office hit) opposite James McAvoy, and a recurring role in the CW hit Supergirl. Hope, Buckley s eighteenth album, features her quartet of musicians including the renowned multi-Grammy-nominated Christian Jacob, Buckley s long-term Pianist, Arranger and Music Director; Oz Noy on guitar; Tony Marino on bass; and Dan Rieser on drums. Buckley commented, this recording is a collection of songs by some of my favorite composers and songwriters. All were chosen as a response to all that we, as a World Community, have experienced from late 2016 through 2017 until now. I hope this musical journey will allow listeners to experience, feel, dream and, hopefully, inspire you to claim your highest hope for brighter days for our beautiful planet and our united human family. The Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown who also contributed two numbers to Buckley s previous album, the two-disc Story Songs provided the album s reflective title song, which serves as a thematic centerpiece to the recording. Other highlights include two numbers from the seminal jazz-rock fusion group Steely Dan, including the wry Any Major Dude Will Tell You and the scintillating rock groove of Don t Take Me Alive. Several selections originate from Buckley s favorite singer/songwriters. Falling In Love is a plaintive ballad by Grammy Award-winner Lisa Loeb, while the noir-inspired deep cut Shades of Scarlett Conquering comes from the iconic Joni Mitchell. The joyously rollicking I Feel Lucky from Mary Chapin Carpenter bristles with life. Buckleys childhood friend and collaborator T Bone Burnett provided three compositions from the album, including the haunting My Least Favorite Life, which he wrote with Rosanne Cash and Lera Lynn for the HBO Series True Detective. And true to her love of the great standards, the album features two timeless classics, a sensitive interpretation of the Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin gem Long Ago and Far Away. BETTY BUCKLEY, in an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, is probably best known as one of theater s most respected and legendary leading ladies. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber s Cats. Buckley received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically-acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber s Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.