Saturday, February 10, 2007
Betty Buckley: Quintessence
I never pass up the chance to see Betty Buckley live. She's one of the most forceful and dynamic stage presences, and a truly flawless song stylist. She didn't disappoint tonight at the Allen Room, where she sang songs of love in honor of the upcoming holiday. Bathed in the beauty of the Upper West Side, Buckley delivered favorites old and new: a jazzy "No One Is Alone"; a haunting "Anyone Can Whistle"; and a definitive rendition of Brenda Russell's "Get Here". Her encore, the blues classic "The Down Don't Bother Me", brought the audience to its feet and the house down. I can't wait for Ms. Buckley's new solo show, Singing For My Supper, at Feinstein's next month. The interim will seem intolerable.