Betty Buckley: Dark Blue-Eyed Blues

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Betty Buckley

Dark Blue-Eyed Blues

Joe’s Pub, NYC, May 31, 2015

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Betty-Buckley-Dark-Blue-Eyed-Blues-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212Nobody sounds quite like Betty Buckley, and I have never heard her sound better than she did in her Dark Blue-Eyed Blues show at Joe’s Pub. The still very beautiful Buckley has complete control of the stage, and her remarkable acting ability makes it virtually impossible to take your eyes off of her own twinkling eyes. Despite the title, this was not a “blues show,” but instead was a great chanteuse charming the audience.

After opening with “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me,” Buckley’s voice soared.

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Her facial expression captivated with “This Nearly Was Mine.” One great chanteuse paid homage to another, when Buckley performed Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose” in English and French. The seldom-performed verse of “Spring Is Here” particularly showed off Buckley’s talent as an actress. A very funny story about being traumatized in the third grade led into her only “bluesy” number of the evening, “Blues in the Night,” which included an amazing solo by Oz Noy on guitar. A moving commentary about her experiences after 9/11 preceded “Too Many Memories.

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” Buckley reminisced about Elaine Stritch before emulating Stritch’s performance, belting “I’m Still Here,” as her finale. Buckley’s encore: “Both Sides Now.”

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.