Djesse (Vol. 1) – Jacob Collier, Metropole Orchestra & Jules Buckley

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Djesse (Vol. 1)

Jacob Collier, Metropole Orchestra & Jules Buckley

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 8.99

Release Date: December 7, 2018

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The Pirates of Somalia – Bryan Buckley

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The Pirates of Somalia

Bryan Buckley

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: December 8, 2017


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You and I – Jeff Buckley

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You and I

Jeff Buckley

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Expected Release Date: March 11, 2016

© ℗ 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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The album You and I, due in March, is made up of songs recorded in Buckley’s very first studio sessions after signing to Columbia Records, and displays the singer’s wide range of influences.

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Betty Buckley Talks Provincetown Events, LGBT Equality and More (AUDIO)

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This week, I talked with Tony Winner Betty Buckley about her upcoming events presented by Adam Berry at the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble in Provincetown, Massachusetts on September 2, 3 and 4. Buckley is doing a “talk back” with the audience after the performance of Carrie the Musical on Sept. 2 and on Sept. 3 and 4, she will be performing songs from her album Ghostlight produced by T Bone Burnett, and material from her musical theater catalogue for a two-night concert event entitled “An Evening With Betty Buckley.”

Betty has been called “the Voice of Broadway” and won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Her career spans across theater, film, television and concert halls around the world and she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2012. Currently, she’s appearing as Big Edie in the musical Grey Gardens now through August 30th at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York. I talked to Betty about her busy summer schedule and as a fierce gay ally she shared her insights on our LGBT issues.

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When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Buckley stated:

Everyone in theater is completely committed to that and has great concern because all of our companions are gay. So many artists in the theater are gay men and gay women, that’s been a cause of mine.

My original dance teachers from the time I was eleven in Fort Worth, Texas were a gay couple. Thank God for gay people in the arts and in theater and design. What would we do otherwise? Some of the great fashion, great theatrical minds are persons from the gay community.

My brother Norman Buckley who’s a brilliant director in television, he directed Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Mysteries of Laura and Rizzoli & Isles amongst other TV shows is a gay man who just lost his husband last fall to suicide. His husband Davyd Whaley was a brilliant painter who had been very abused in his childhood for being gay.

It’s a profound and necessary concern of our community. We’ve all raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS through the years, which has been an honor and a privilege. I was just at a friend’s house in East Hampton and their little six year old son has been persistent about saying that he is a girl and they finally in recent months have allowed him to assume the identity that is obviously most naturally his.

It’s good that all this information is coming to our consciousness the way it is now. The bullying and the scare that people feel about not being part of the mainstream is such a sad thing and we have to stop because its uniqueness, its individuality that’s created all good things and we should praise that and celebrate it wherever it occurs in our world.

Betty Buckley other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Carrie. Her films include her debut in Brian de Palma’s screen version of Stephen King’s Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Woody Allen’s Another Woman, Lawrence Kasden’s Wyatt Earp and M. Night Shymalan’s The Happening. On television Buckley starred for three seasons in the HBO series Oz and as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight is Enough. She has also appeared as a guest star in numerous television series, miniseries and films for television. For information and tickets for her upcoming events in Provincetown,
Massachusetts on September 2, 3 and 4th: peregrinetheatre.com
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Thank You for Smoking – Christopher Buckley

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Thank You for Smoking

Christopher Buckley

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 10.95

Publish Date: January 1, 1995

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Cabaret: Betty Buckley Shines A (Ghost) Light At Joe’s Pub

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Fans won’t want to miss Tony winner Betty Buckley’s all-too-brief stint at Joe’s Pub through May 31. I’m still disappointed I missed her last fall here. First, Joe’s Pub is one of New York City’s best intimate spaces for live performance. Second, she was promoting her new album Ghostlight, which was co-produced by longtime friend T Bone Burnett and may well be the album of her career. It was certainly one of the ten best CDs of 2014. I hoped and assumed Buckley would still be promoting that work.

But ever restless as Buckley is, she’s created an entirely new show dubbed “Dark Blue-Eyed Blues.” It finds Buckley in a playful mood. She dished up some amusing anecdotes, ranging from singing one of her favorite songs in the shower (“Come To Me, Bend To Me,” a highlight of that album and this show), feeling jealous of the spotlight at a grade school talent show and falling in love with a hot but dumber-than-soap man and needing couples therapy to admit to herself she’d have to move on from this appealing but inert hunk.

This light mood was captured in quick, upbeat renditions of “Them There Eyes,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” and “Blues In The Night” (not to mention the defiant “I’m Still Here” which Buckley sang recently in an all-star concert production of Follies at the Royal Albert Hall in London).

But for me, this isn’t where Buckley lives. Like Peggy Lee and Shirley Horn, Buckley is a master at quiet, intimate, revelatory renditions of songs you thought you knew but which sound utterly fresh and new when she sings them.

“This Nearly Was Mine’ (from South Pacific, of course and a rare selection that appeared on Ghostlight) was an early highlight of the 80 minute set, a moving but dry-eyed spin on a number currently showcased on Broadway in that musical’s revival.

(Dry-eyed, by the way, is not the most typical phrase to use when discussing Buckley since she digs deep into the emotions of tunes — not to mention offering a tribute to her friend Stephen Bruton who has gone too soon –and the tears often flow.)

Another masterful moment was the lullaby “All The Pretty Horses,” a song which would have fit perfectly on Ghostlight but doesn’t appear on that album. The arrangements of musical director Christian Jacob here and throughout the show leaned on dissonance to create a shimmering backdrop that is deceptive and one imagines quite tricky for a singer to navigate, though Buckley makes it seem easy. Between threading the needle on the arrangement and using her microphone with consummate skill, Buckley made this promise of a treat for a baby feel like a blessing of prosperity for one and all. They delivered similar magic on an exceptional Rodgers & Hart medley that contained “Where’s That Rainbow,” “Spring Is Here” and “Falling In Love With Love.”

Here’s Buckley singing “Bewitched.” It’s on her new album Ghostlight though Buckley didn’t sing it in this concert.

With her mother and godmother in the audience, Buckley was on her best behavior like any daughter would be. She also kept a stand with lyrics facing her wherever she wandered on the stage and those paying attention could enjoy a master class of seeing her quietly move it this way and that without ever calling attention to the fact. Whether Buckley always keeps lyrics handy to free her of anxiety or just at the beginning of a new show, I can’t say. I can say that her casual glances at the sheets now and then didn’t detract from her performance.

It’s been almost 18 years since she opened a show on Broadway, which is absurd, as Buckley proved by her terrific rendition of Sting’s “Practical Arrangement,” a cooly observant tune about a lack of love not being an impediment to marriage that was written for his musical The Last Ship but not used in the show. One wonders how a mother feels hearing the child she once held in her arms deliver the insight of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” as an encore, though of course it’s always a shock to remember this wise song was written when Mitchell was just 23 years old.

So it’s a solid if not yet transcendent show, with her band in fine form and Buckley in excellent voice. If you can’t catch it, do yourself a favor and get Ghostlight right away.

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And to heck with variety, Buckley, give us a dark night of the soul show, an In The Wee Small Hours style evening of intimacy and regret. Leave the upbeat numbers to the kids who don’t know better. On the penultimate performance of the concert proper, Buckley delivered Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire” with grace, opening her arms wide as she sang “I have tried in my way to be free,” as if to say, “This is who I am.” Revered? Definitely. Underutilized on stage and screen because she doesn’t play the game the way they expect? Unquestionably. Free? Artistically for sure, and that’s surely the only way that matters.

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