TIME: 2 hours 25 mins (includes 1 x 20 minute interval)
AGE RECOMMENDATION: BUDDY is suitable for all ages – from 8-80+!
The action takes place in Lubbock, Texas, Clovis, New Mexico, New York and Clear Lake, Iowa, between January 1956 and February 1959.
With the support of local radio DJ, Hipockets Duncan, Buddy and his two friends form a Country & Western band - Buddy Holly & the Crickets - and begin to carve out a career in music. After a difficult start at Decca Records in Nashville, they sign a contract with up-and-coming, innovative record producer Norman Petty. Within hours, Buddy Holly & the Crickets start to churn out hits from the recording studio built in Norman’s backyard, among them ‘That'll Be The Day’, which will rocket up the charts to number one in a matter of weeks. Buddy Holly & the Crickets are suddenly the hottest act in the country and out on national tour.
Whilst recording in New York, Buddy proposes to Maria Elena Santiago, the Puerto Rican receptionist of his music publisher after a courtship of all of five hours! Newly married and ambitious, he shifts focus to New York and a rift develops between him and the Crickets. After a declaration of home truths during a recording session, the band split and Buddy unexpectedly finds himself having to pursue a solo career.
Buddy joins ‘The Winter Dance Party’ of 1959, a bus tour through the Midwest quenching the teenage thirst for the ‘new music called Rock ‘n’ Roll’. The tour is hard work, the weather conditions appalling and the performers are alternating between sleeping in the luggage racks and dropping into hospital to be treated for frostbite.
Our story ends on February 3rd, 1959, after a rocking concert with the ‘Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson and Ritchie Valens at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Buddy makes the fateful decision to break his promise to his pregnant wife not to fly, as he and the other two headliners board a small plane and take off into the night destined for their next show. During a snow storm, in the dead of night, the plane crashes and spares no survivors.
The tragedy shocks the world, snatching the lives of three of the world’s most dynamic musical talents – Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Buddy Holly’s brief life is immortalized in this dynamic and heart-rending stage show. It’s a celebration of the man, his music and life, that catches that unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm that was Buddy Holly.
...and the rest will just be Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Grand Bowl, Lubbock, Texas
Decca Recording Studios, Nashville
KDAV Radio Studio, Lubbock
NorVaJak Studios, Clovis, New Mexico
Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York
Music Publisher’s Office, New York
Central Park, New York
NorVaJak Studios, Clovis
Buddy & Maria Elena’s Apartment, New York
Backstage Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa
Clear Lake Concert
ROSE OF TEXAS
CHANGING ALL THOSE CHANGES
THAT’LL BE THE DAY
BLUE DAYS, BLACK NIGHTS
ROCK AROUND WITH OLLIE VEE
NOT FADE AWAY
WORDS OF LOVE
LISTEN TO ME
IT’S SO EASY
THINK IT OVER
TRUE LOVE WAYS
WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE
PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED
RAINING IN MY HEART
IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE
JOHNNY B. GOODE
OH BOY (encore)