Betty Buckley with John McDaniel

Betty Buckley is best known for her Tony Award-winning role as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal 1983 Broadway production of “Cats.”  She was also beloved by millions of television audiences when she starred as Abby Bradford in more than 100 episodes of the hit 1977-81 series “Eight is Enough.” In addition to winning a Best Actress Tony for “Cats,” Buckley was nominated for another in 1997 for “Triumph of Love.” She was nominated for two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Olivier Award (as Norma Desmond in Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard”). Buckley has been in numerous iconic Broadway musicals including “1776,” “Pippin,” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”; she appeared in the film “Carrie” and in its infamous, short-lived Broadway musical adaptation. Buckley was a 2012 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.

John McDaniel is a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning music director, composer, director, arranger, orchestrator and producer, and he serves as Artistic Director at the Tony Award-winning Eugene ONeill Theater Center. Most recently, he arranged, orchestrated and was Music Director for Carol Burnett's 90th birthday special on NBC, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Variety Special.