Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

January 02 — February 01

THE MAN… THE MUSIC… THE LEGEND…

Over fifty years ago, a young man from Lubbock, Texas, changed the face of popular music, only to die tragically in a plane crash aged just 22. Now, BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show featuring timeless hits as “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “True Love Ways”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Heartbeat”, and “Raining in My Heart”.

 

Synopsis

BUDDY tells the story in words and music of the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life. We see how he and his childhood high-school friends, the Crickets, turn country music upside down and create a unique style of sound. We share Buddy’s frustrations at Decca Records, his skill as a songwriter and composer when recording and experimenting with Norman Petty, the excitement he and America felt when “That’ll Be the Day” went to #1, and his naive determination to be the first white act to play the Apollo Theatre, Harlem. And that’s just the first act.

Later we meet Maria Elena, his future wife, and witness his whirlwind romance and marriage, see how he and the Crickets part ways and are taken on his ill-fated ‘Winter Dance Party’ Tour of 1959. Finally, we are the audience at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy’s final performance with Ritchie Valens (“La Bamba”) and the ‘Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson (“Chantilly Lace”) is recreated, and what in theatre must be one of the most exciting musical concerts of all-time!

BUDDY has been seen by over 20 million people around the world, where the magical talents of Charles Hardin ‘Buddy’ Holley have been shared live with many more people than the real Buddy Holly ever had the chance to perform to. The young man with glasses whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period has enjoyed, via our show, a longevity that was denied him in 1959.

If you remember the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll, when ‘doo-wops’ and ‘ah hey, ah heys’ rang out from every jukebox, weren’t born yet, or were too young to be a part of this exciting period of musical history, then you won’t want to miss out on the electrifying party that is BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY!

Written by

Alan Janes

 

PRESS QUOTES – NORTH AMERICA

“It’s a straight ahead, feel-good rave up. ‘Buddy’ motors along with a gee-whiz innocence… Good times rave on for ‘Buddy’ on Broadway”
Dan Hubert, Atlanta Journal

“Golden oldies pounded out the way they used to be”
Frank Rich, New York Times

“‘Buddy’ shakes up Broadway! Those musical numbers will have you up on your feet clapping. ‘Buddy’ is a blast!”
Pia Lindstrom, WNBC-TV

“An infectiously happy and dynamic evocation of musical history. The fantastic energy; the beat; the pure snappy joy of Rock & Roll all hit me for the first time in my misspent life”
William B. Collins, Philadelphia Enquirer

“How refreshing to be time-tunnelled to a lighter, less angst-ridden era… Sends people out of the theater on an unstoppable high… Sensational”
Steve Morse, The Boston Globe

“If you like Rock & Roll, run do not walk to ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’. It was put together by genius. The audience was in an ecstatic swoon”
Patrick O’Conner, WBAH-FM New York

 

Review of ‘Buddy’ by The Column

Meet the Cast

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Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks

Hayrider Lead/Murray Deutch, Director
Billy Poole

Billy Poole

Apollo Soloist/Performer A
Caroline Probasco

Caroline Probasco

Hayrider Fiddle
Charles I. Bryant

Charles I. Bryant

Apollo Performer B
Chris Seil

Chris Seil

Decca Producer
Clint White

Clint White

The Big Bopper
Dan Johnston

Dan Johnston

Hipockets Duncan
David Seil

David Seil

Buddy Holly
Deedle Muncrief

Deedle Muncrief

Hayrider Lead/Murray Deutch
Derek Rock

Derek Rock

Hipockets Duncan
E. Scott Arnold

E. Scott Arnold

The Big Bopper
Mark Scott

Earl Mark Scott

Norman Petty
Elias Roman

Elias Roman

Ritchie Valens
Erin Hardy

Erin Hardy

Maria Elena
Grant Kapavik

Grant Kapavik

Tommy Alsop
Gwinevere Nelson

Gwinevere Nelson

Apollo Soloist/Performer A
Heather Sturdevant

Heather Sturdevant

Shirley/Mary Lou
Jamie Ecklund

Jamie Ecklund

Maria Elena

Jeremiah Massie

Tommy Alsop
Jim Brunell

Jim Brunell

Hayrider Drums
John Lattimore

John Lattimore

Decca Producer
Jordan Diebel

Jordan Diebel

Shirley/Mary Lou
Joshua Bucy

Joshua Bucy

Jerry Alison, Clear Lake Drums
Katy Hill

Katy Hill

Vi Petty
Kevin Acosta

Kevin Acosta

Ritchie Valens
Kirk Corley

Kirk A. Corley

Apollo DJ/Clear Lake MC
Kyle Lester

Kyle Lester

Joe Mauldin, Clear Lake Bass
Marina Fabian

Marina Fabian

Stage Manager
Meredith Stowe

Meredith Stowe

Hayrider Fiddle
Pilar Ortiz

Pilar Ortiz

Aunt Santiago
Sean Massey

Sean Massey

Apollo Performer B
Stephen Fagan

Stephen Fagan

Norman Petty
Thomas Goetz

Thomas Goetz

Tommy Alsop
Timothy Raif

Timothy Raif

Apollo DJ/Clear Lake MC
Troy Pruett

Troy Pruett

Jerry Alison, Clear Lake Drums
Tyler Lewis

Tyler Lewis

Buddy Holly
Wilson Garrett

Wilson Garrett

Joe Mauldin, Clear Lake Bass