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”.
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!
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