Author Archives: Rick Thorne

SPENCER COMMUNITY THEATRE, Spencer, IA

Buddy had audiences dancing in the aisles in 2008, becoming the biggest hit in the theatre's history. The show was such a success, SCT remounted the production the following year in Mason City, IA, as part of the 50th Anniversary commemoration of 'the Day the Music Died'. And a very special person joined the cast on stage for the encore! 

BUDDY ANNOUNCES 2016 UK TOUR

On the back of an incredibly successful 25th anniversary worldwide tour, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, ‘the World’s Most Successful Rock & Roll Musical’, is back in the U.K. in 2016! The autumn tour opens at Harlow Playhouse on Wednesday 31 August ahead of a 14-week tour.

MATT McCLURE

Atlanta, GA

Originally from Kennesaw, GA, Matt played Buddy for the first time at the sold-out run of the show at Venice Theatre in Florida (January 2015), and repeated the feat at Tacoma Musical Playhouse in Washington (May 2015).

MIKE BRENNAN

New York, NY

Mike is a New York based actor/singer who has portrayed the Big Bopper to much acclaim in many highly successful runs of Buddy including the recent 2015 US National Tour. He has also appeared as the Bopper in productions of Buddy at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre (Fort Myers, FL), Laguna Playhouse (Laguna Beach, CA), Cortland Repertory Theatre (Cortland, NY), and Casino Rama Resort & Casino (Rama, ON).

DAVID REED

New York, NY

Originally hailing from Decatur, IL, David Reed has performed as Marvin Madison (Apollo Performer) on two national tours of Buddy (2015 U.S. and 2013 U.S. and Canada), and six productions of the show overall.

KARACK OSBORN

Stratford, ON / Chicago, IL

Karack is a classically trained actor and rock & roll guitarist from Chicago, IL, but currently living in Stratford, ON, where he is currently a company member with the world renowned Stratford Festival of Canada. He has appeared in Buddy both as the Big Bopper/rhythm guitar (Wisconsin Theatreworks, WI), and as Tommy Allsup (Highlands Playhouse, NC).

DALEN GUNN

New York, NY


Originally from the mountains of North Idaho and a graduate of New York City’s The Circle In The Square, Dalen’s Buddy credits in the lead role include two sold-out runs at the Civic Theatre of Spokane, WA, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, IL (2014), and the Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, FL (2015).


TODD MEREDITH

New York, NY


Todd is a New York-based actor/musician originally from Albany, New York, who has starred as Buddy Holly in numerous productions of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story. Most recently he has toured the country with the latest North American tour of the show.