"The Vixens of Broadway"
Friday, Dec 13, 2013 8:00 PM PST
Feinstein's at The Nikko, San Francisco, CA
** There is a $20 Food and Beverage minimum per person in the showroom**
Betty Buckley brings "The Vixens of Broadway" to Feinstein’s at the Nikko Hotel which highlights some of Broadway's most popular shows celebrating the second female leads. Song selections will include hits from "Chicago," "Evita," "Company,” “Oklahoma” and "Into the Woods." Buckley will also perform songs from Jerry Herman's "Dear World" in which she just starred in the London Premiere earlier this year.
You leave few cabaret evenings feeling exhilarated after peering into the souls of more than a dozen musical theater characters, all embodied by the same singer. "The Other Woman: The Vixens of Broadway," the title of Betty Buckley's new show at Feinstein's refers, she explained last week, not just to mistresses, bad girls and femmes fatales but also to characters played by second female leads.
The show, rich in musical theater lore and spicy autobiographical tidbits, is the sequel to last year's revelatory "Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway" in which Ms. Buckley considered famous theater songs introduced by male characters from a lighthearted feminist perspective. Both shows are master classes in how a singer arrives at the right balance of the self, the personality of a song and the character who sings it.
Never once did Ms. Buckley judge her characters harshly or make fun of them. Although she has her regal side, this show, brings out her streak of mischievous playfulness.
-Stephen Holden The New York Times October 9, 2012