Betty Lynn Buckley Awards to Be Presented on May 16 in Fort Worth

Written by Maya Cantu

The Betty Lynn Buckley Awards will be presented on May 16th at the Casa Manana Theatre in Fort Worth, TX--the city from which the star they are named after hails.

The awards have been given to outstanding high school theatre students in the Tarragon County area since 2001. It's Tony-like format allows a panel of judges to vote for winners in such categories as Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Musical and Best Direction; each winner is presented with a $500 college scholarship.

Buckley has been a top Broadway leading lady for over 3 decades. Gaining prominence as Martha Jefferson in the original production of 1776, she was a replacement Catherine in Pippin before winning the 1983 Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony for her performance as Grizabella in Cats. Other Broadway credits include Song and Dance (replacing Bernadette Peters), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the ill-fated Carrie, Sunset Boulevard and Triumph of Love. She also performed Sunset Boulevard in London, winning an Olivier for her Norma Desmond; she had previously appeared in the West End production of Promises, Promises. She was featured in William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle at Lincoln Center, and the performance made it to disc.

Buckley's face is also a familiar one to TV audiences; she starred in Eight is Enough in the late 70's, and has also appeared on Oz and Monk. Her film credits include Carrie, Tender Mercies, Another Woman and Wyatt Earp. A cabaret star and recording artist, Buckley received a 2001 Grammy nomination for her CD, "Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar Warehouse." Other recordings include "The Doorway" (for Fynsworth Alley), "Heart to Heart," and "Betty Buckley: Live at Carnegie Hall."

Tickets for the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards go on sale on May 9th, and are priced at $20 for students and $28 for adults. They can be ordered by calling (817) 332-2272, ext. 3. More information on the awards can be found at www.casamanana.org  

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