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Betty Buckley In Cabaret At The O'Neill

By FRANK RIZZO, frizzo@courant.com

The Hartford Courant

11:25 AM EDT, July 29, 2014

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Tony Award-winning actor Betty Buckley is presenting two shows on Friday, Aug. 1, as part of the Cabaret & Performance Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford. The 7 p.m. is sold out but tickets remain for the 9:30 p.m. show. (She will also give a private master class that day at the center.)

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musical director, conductor and arranger John McDaniel is artistic director of the conference, which runs through Aug. 2.

Buckley made her Broadway debut in 1969 in the musical "1776," following an out of town tryout at the Shubert Theater in New Haven. She won the Tony Award as Grizabella in the 1982 Broadway production of "Cats." She also played Norma Desmond in the musical "Sunset Boulevard" in London and New York. She also received a Tony Award nomination for the 1997 musical, "Triumph of Love." Last year, she was in the off-Broadway production of Horton Foote's "Old Friends," a role she is recreating this summer at Houston's Alley theatre. The production is staged by Michael Wilson, who directed her in "Camino Real" at Hartford Stage in 1999.

Tickets are $50 to $60; discounted for members. Information: theoneill.org.