American Songbook Association Honors Betty Buckley and Seth Rudetsky October 2 | Playbill

Benefits and Galas American Songbook Association Honors Betty Buckley and Seth Rudetsky October 2

The evening features performances by Bonnie Milligan, Jason Robert Brown, Ken Page, Donna Murphy, and more.

Betty Buckley and Seth Rudetsky

American Songbook Association honors Tony winner Betty Buckley October 2 at its Fourth Annual Gala at New York’s Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center. Buckley will receive the ASA Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a guardian of the Great American Songbook who has also championed new songwriters.

Actor, music director, conductor, talk-show host, and Playbill columnist Seth Rudetsky is also set to receive the Bill Sensenbrenner Dream Maker Award—given annually to a leader in the art and business communities who exhibits a passion for investing in the cultural capital of our youth—at the fall benefit, which begins at 7:30 PM.

The evening features appearances/performances by Sandra Bernhard, Sharon Catherine Brown, Mario Cantone, Elizabeth Davis, Rupert Holmes, Joe Iconis, Jessie Mueller, Donna Murphy, Orfeh, Christine Pedi, Jennifer Simard, F. Murry Abraham, Bryan Batt, Jason Robert Brown, Veanne Cox, Paul Hecht, Bonnie Milligan, Ken Page, Kurt Peterson, Rudetsky, and Stephen Schwartz.

WATCH: 13 Videos Celebrating Tony Winner Betty Buckley

Texas native Betty Buckley, seen in an acclaimed performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the national tour of the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, won her Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, later earning another nomination for her work in the musical Triumph of Love. She starred in both the London and New York productions of Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier nomination for her take on the ill-fated silent-screen star Norma Desmond. London audiences have also enjoyed Buckley's work in Promises, Promises and Dear World, and her other Broadway credits include Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776, and Promises, Promises

A 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and the 2017 recipient of the Julie Harris Award from The Actors Fund for Artistic Achievement, Buckley's most recent screen credits include Split, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Cleaning Lady, Supergirl, The Film Crew, Preacher, Chicago Med, The Leftovers, Getting On, Pretty Little Liars, and The Happening. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates of fine arts for her contribution to the musical theatre by Marymount College and the Boston Conservatory of Music.

Rudetsky is the host of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, he has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Ragtime, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the artistic producer/music director for the first five annual Entertainment Community Fund fall concerts, including Dreamgirls and Hair. With husband James Wesley, he also created and hosted the pandemic fundraising, award-winning talk show, Stars in the House.

American Songbook Association Inc. seeks to preserve, promote, and advance the legacy of American popular music, the Great American Songbook (classic and new), and the unique art form of cabaret.

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