Signature Theatre to Host BETTY BUCKLEY: SIGNATURE SONGS Today

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Signature Theatre presents an evening of cocktails and a special one-night-only concert starring one of Broadway's living legends, Betty Buckley, tonight, September 30 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd Street) to support the Legacy Program in honor of Horton Foote.

Betty Buckley: Signature Songs begins with cocktails at 6:30PM followed by the performance beginning at 7:30PM. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street. Tickets start at $150. To purchase your tickets and for more information, please call 646-388-8118 or email tcorren@signaturetheatre.org.

Betty Buckley is performing this fall in Signature's World Premiere production of Horton Foote's The Old Friends. The production is directed by Michael Wilson, who helmed The Orphans' Home Cycle at Signature during the 2009-10 Season, and also features HAllie Foote (The Orphans' Home Cycle) and Lois Smith (Heartless, The Illusion, The Trip to Bountiful). In The Old Friends, members of two Texas farming families are forced to confront generations of disloyalty and disappointment when one of them returns after a 20-year absence. Performances of The Old Friends will begin on August 20, 2013 in The Irene Diamond Stage. Tickets go on sale July 16, 2013.

The Legacy Program was introduced in Signature's 10th Anniversary Season to honor the lifetime achievement of playwrights who have previously been in residence at Signature by premiering new works or revisiting existing plays. Past Legacy Program productions include works by Edward Albee, Sam Shepard and last season's productions of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson and Bill Irwin and David Shiner's Old Hats.

Signature has a long history with Horton Foote, who was the theatre's fourth Playwright-in-Residence during its 1994-95 Season. Signature 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 an award-winning performance, in the 2005-06 Season. During the 2009-10 Season, Signature co-produced the world premiere of the three-part The Orphans' Home Cycle with Hartford Stage, directed by Michael Wilson. Signature remains committed to celebrating Horton's significant contributions and is thrilled that this season's production of The Old Friends reunites Signature with longtime collaborators HAllie Foote, Lois Smith and Michael Wilson.

Betty Buckley, who has been called "The Voice of Broadway," is one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. She is an actress/singer whose career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She most recently was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for 2012.

Betty Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. She 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.



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