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As we approach Wednesday 7 September, Buddy Holly’s 80th Birthday, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.
The production boasts a phenomenally multi-talented cast comprising of Glen Joseph and Alex Fobbester (who alternate the role of Buddy Holly), Miguel Angel, Joe Butcher, Celia Cruwys-Finnigan, Jordan Cunningham, Josh Haberfield, Kerry Low, Thomas Mitchells, Matthew Quinn, Tom Sowinski and Alex Tosh. Together they present two terrific hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics 'That’ll Be The Day', 'Peggy Sue', 'Oh Boy' and 'Rave On'.
With the Big Bopper’s 'Chantilly Lace' and Ritchie Valens’ 'La Bamba' completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment.
Although there have been many imitations Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story has stood the test of time. The show has inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals, including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, still remains a true original and a musical phenomenon.
Seen by over 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from aged 8 to 80 years old rockin’ in the aisles across the globe!
Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says of the show: “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later. I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”
Writer/Producer Alan Janes says: “Audiences aged 8 to 80 dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.
3,310 Buddy Trousers – due to knee slides across the stage!
98,000 Truck Mileage for UK Tours – nearly 4 times the circumference of the Earth
211,709 Plectrums used, which when stacked on top of each other would be around 300 ft. taller than the BT Tower
217,740 Batteries used, weighing 5,008KG or around the weight of 65 actors
6,893 UK only performances
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