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For years, Triangle Theater Review has argued that the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina has the liveliest theater scene between Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA. The year 2010 provided further proof, if any was needed, that we have the onstage talent, the backstage genius, and the wherewithal to mount any show available for local production.
“Betty Buckley: Broadway by Request” is a splendid showcase for the extraordinary vocal talents of the justly celebrated 63-year-old actress Broadway diva from Big Spring, TX. Buckley won a 1983 Tony Award® for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her poignant portrayal of the bedraggled and bewildered Grizabella, the former Glamour Cat now in the final days of the ninth of her nine lives, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s British blockbuster mega-musical “Cats.” Last Saturday night, at The Carolina Theatre, when she reprised her heart-wrenching version of “Memory” — toward the end of Broadway by Request — it was a get-out-your-handkerchiefs moment, because Buckley smoothly slipped back into Grizabella’s tattered skin and gave the audience a glimpse of her show-stopping performance of what has since become one of her most requested songs.