NEW YORK POST: Betty airs her memories
Betty Buckley, who the Grammys love, everyone’s loved for 40 years, is now at Joe’s Pub. So how did she become the original Grizabella in “Cats”:
“I auditioned twice. They turned me down saying they needed someone to radiate death and dying. Six months later they called back. I sang ‘Memory’ three times. I was turned inside out. Finally I said, ‘Nobody can do this better.’ Then they looked at me strangely and offered me the job.
“I’ve sung ‘Memory’ so often that at one concert I actually lost my memory of it. The band kept replaying the same chord until I finally remembered the word.