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Broadway legend to perform at Colonial Williamsburg’s palace garden party

Betty Buckley will perform at Colonial Williamsburg Mr. Jefferson's Palace Green Garden Party.
Betty Buckley will perform at Colonial Williamsburg Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Green Garden Party.

A Broadway musical legend is set to perform at Colonial Williamsburg’s Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party.

Betty Buckley will sing at the garden party, which is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. May 4 at the Governor’s Palace, located at 300 Palace Green St., according to a news release from Colonial Williamsburg.

Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party will feature 18th century-inspired entertainment, including music, games and a fireworks demonstration.

“On both the stage and screen, Betty has enchanted, inspired and challenged audiences through her memorable performances. I’m thrilled that she will share her artistic talents and take part in our national conversation as a Revolutionary in Residence,” said Bill Schermerhorn, Colonial Williamsburg creative director of signature events and supervisor of the Revolutionaries in Residence program.

Buckley is known for her role as Martha Jefferson in the original production of the Broadway musical “1776,” and for her Tony-winning performance of “Memory” in the original Broadway production of “Cats.”

In addition to her performance, Buckley will discuss her career and answer questions during a question and answer session at 2 p.m. on May 5 at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, located at 326 Francis St. W.

Buckley is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the Texas Film Hall of Fame. She is also a recipient of the Texas Medal of the Arts Award in Theater and holds honorary doctorates of fine arts from Marymount College and the Boston Conservatory of Music, according to the news release.

During the garden party, Colonial Williamsburg will offer desserts and complimentary refreshments, including two cups of alcoholic or non-alcoholic punch. Attendees can also sample fine wines from the Williamsburg Winery.

Tickets are $100 and available online on Colonial Williamsburg’s Garden Party page, or by calling 855-296-6627.

Guests must be 21 or older to attend, and are encouraged to wear 18th century clothing, which will be available for purchase or rent.

Troy Jefferson
Troy Jefferson
Troy Jefferson is the city of Williamsburg and James City County reporter for the WYDaily. Jefferson graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland. When he is not writing stories, he enjoys romantic comedies.

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