Tweeting, posting and singing with Betty Buckley

Apr 27

Tweeting, posting and singing with Betty Buckley

Onstage and online, Broadway legend Betty Buckley is electrifying.

If you’ve ever seen her perform on Broadway – perhaps in the original cast of Cats or as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard -- or in concert halls large or small, you know just how electrifying she can be. Very few singer/actors connect to material the way she does.

But Buckley, at age 63, has embraced social media in a big way. On the advice of her brother, Norman, a television director, she got hooked up. Now she Tweets daily (@BettyBuckley) and posts on Facebook with regularity to her nearly 5,000 friends. To find a name for her latest concert, she asked her online followers for suggestions. The winner would receive two tickets to the show.

Buckley brings that show, called For the Love of Broadway, to the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko May 3 through 8.

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Eder, Wildhorn reunite for Now

Apr 21

Eder, Wildhorn reunite for <i>Now</i>

I talked to singer/actress Linda Eder a while back for a San Francisco Chronicle story pegging to her concerts this weekend (April 22 and 23) as part of the Rrazz Room Concert Series at the Marines Memorial Theatre. Read the story on SFGate.com.

The story focuses mainly on her reunion with ex-husband Frank Wildorn for her new album, Now.

There was only one question that didn't make it into the final piece, and it has to do with Linda's skills as a renovator.

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Spencer Day in Sacramento

Jul 03

I wrote a story for my former employer, the Sacramento Bee, about one of my favorite singers: Spencer Day, who was a San Francisco resident for a while but is now dwelling in Southern California and continuing his star-making journey. Read the story here. The story pegs to Day’s Sunday, July 5 concert benefit for Kiwanis House in Sacramento. He’ll be at...

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Cabaret review: Ben Vereen

May 06

Legendary performer Ben Vereen sang standards and songs from Broadway in his Rrazz Room show. Photos by Isak Tiner   Kick, kick, turn and SING! Ben Vereen does the cabaret thing«««« Toward the end of his exhilarating show at San Francisco’s gorgeous Rrazz Room, Ben Vereen was musing on the state of the world and trying to find something positive to...

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Mr. Harris and the wham of Sam

May 05

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: Sam Harris is well aware of Adam Lambert. Harris, the big winner on the first-ever season of “Star Search” back in the ’80s, has a gorgeous, seamlessly streamlined voice with an incredible range. Lambert, the current favorite on this season of “American Idol,” has a similar...

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Hey, Ben Folds! Please write a musical!

Nov 14

Pete Townshend and The Who did it. Phil Collins did it badly. Duncan Sheik did it brilliantly. Billy Joel sort of did it. And Elton John does it every other day. Now it’s time for Ben Folds to make the leap and write a Broadway musical. The 42-year-old Folds should be a massive pop star, up therein the pantheon with piano men Joel and John, but because the...

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