Author Archives: Rick Thorne

VAUGHN IRVING

Chicago, IL / Santa Fe, NM
Vaughn is an actor/singer/musician who has performed the roles of Jerry Allison (the Crickets) and Ritchie Valens in dinner and regional theatre productions of Buddy.

DANIEL JACKSON

Birmingham, AL
Daniel has played Buddy to great acclaim in a number of productions of the show, most recently at Theatre Winter Haven in Florida (2012).

ZACHARY STEVENSON

Vancouver/Toronto, Canada
Singer/songwriter, actor, and multi-instrumentalist, Zachary has generated a tremendous response as Buddy in Drayton Entertainment's productions of the show and also Arts Club Theatre's record-breaking run in Vancouver (2010).

BENNETT DUNN

Philadelphia, PA / Los Angeles, CA
An accomplished actor, singer, and musician, Bennett has played the lead on a U.S. national tour of Buddy, and more recently reprised the role in smash hit productions at the Arvada Center and Media Theatre.

MATTHEW GRAY

New York, NY
Matthew recently performed in the smash hit production at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach (FL) receiving wonderful reviews for his portrayal of Buddy. He trained at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

BRANDON ALBRIGHT

Las Vegas, NV
An accomplished singer/songwriter, Brandon most recently played Buddy in the highly successful run for McCoy-Rigby Entertainment at La Mirada's 1200-seat Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.

ANTHONY RAND

New York, NY
Anthony has played over 500 performances of Buddy in ten different productions across the U.S., most recently in the lead role of Buddy Holly. A drummer and bassist, as well as a guitarist, Anthony has also played Crickets Joe and Jerry and has also directed/music directed the show.

MARK JONES

Asheville, NC
An accomplished actor/singer, Mark played Buddy in Haywood Arts Regional Theatre's fall 2010 production of the show in Waynesville, NC.

ERIC FONTANA

Providence, R
A full-time musician with many music and theatre credits under his belt, Eric received fabulous reviews playing Buddy in the summer 2010 production of the show at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, in Rhode Island.

JOSEPH WIENS

Buffalo, NY
Joseph recently starred as Buddy in the MuscicalFare production of Buddy in Amherst, NY - the best-selling show in the theatre's history.

BAXTER L. CLEMENT

Southern Pines, NC
A multi-skilled musician with Broadway experience, Baxter played Buddy in two very well received community theatre productions of the show in North Carolina.

ROBBIE LIMON

Shenandoah Valley, VA
Robbie is an award-winning entertainer who mixes acting and singing roles at professional theaters in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, with solo and band appearances.

25 QUESTIONS

with Matt Salisbury, Director of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.
It’s 25 years since the curtains first opened on Buddyand one vital member of the production has been here from the start… Having seen thousands of performances, Matt Salisbury, the original Company Manager and now Director knows the show probably better than anyone else. Here we ask him 25 questions to mark this quarter century milestone.

True Love Ways

TRUE LOVE WAYS
by Rick Thorne

If such a thing as love at first sight really does exist, then Maria Elena Holly, Buddy's widow, says the two experienced that very thing the first time they met, one June morning in 1958. Puerto Rican-born Maria Elena Santiago was working at the New York offices of Peer-Southern Music, where her aunt Provi was head of Latin music. Here, she recalls her first encounter with the man she would marry just weeks later, and shares memories of life with Buddy the man, his music, and the legend...

Buddy Amazing

BUDDY AMAZING!
by John Beecher

(Author of Remembering Buddy)

How could a musical featuring the songs and the story of Buddy Holly become such a success more than 30 years after his death?