The Actors Fund will honor Tony-winning actress and recording artist Betty Buckley at its Tony Awards Viewing Party on June 11 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The evening will feature red carpet arrivals, cocktail hour, gala dinner, live performances, silent auction, and a live feed of the 2017 Tony Awards broadcast from New York City.
Buckley will be honored with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement. Previous honorees include Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Barbara Cook, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Jerry Herman, Rita Moreno, Lauren Bacall, Jason Alexander, Florence Henderson, and James Earl Jones.
A 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, Buckley is best known for her Tony-winning performance as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, which is now being revived at the Neil Simon Theatre. She received her second Tony nomination for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love and an Olivier Award nomination for her performance as Norma Desmond in the London production of Webber's Sunset Boulevard, which she reprised on Broadway.
She made her Broadway debut creating the role of Martha Jefferson in the musical 1776, played Catherine in the original Broadway production of Pippin, and created the role of Edwin Drood for the New York Shakespeare Festival in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Her other Broadway credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance and the musical adaptation of Carrie.
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