Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a musical in two acts written by Alan Janes, and that includes the music of Buddy Holly. It opened at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre on 12 October 1989. An early instance of the jukebox musical, Buddy ran in London’s West Finish for over 12 years, taking part in 5,140 performances. Janes took over the manufacturing of the present himself in 2004, and Buddy has been on tour extensively within the UK since then, having performed Broadway, 5 U.S. Nationwide Excursions and quite a few different productions all over the world. The present was nominated for an Olivier Award for Finest Musical.


A late-night fan-based dialog in a bar of the Montcalm Resort in London’s West Finish in 1988, between the theatrical agent Laurie Mansfield, movie producer Greg Smith and author/producer Janes, about rock and roll musician Buddy Holly, led Janes to develop and write Buddy. A 12 months later, supported by Paul McCartney, who owned the copyright to Buddy Holly’s music, the present had a check out on the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, earlier than its switch to London’s Victoria Palace.[1]


Unique manufacturing

Janes labored with originating director Rob Bettinson, and originating musical director Paul Jury, to current the present for a 3/week pre-London engagement in August 1989 on the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, with Paul Hipp as Buddy Holly. The primary reveals have been beset by technical issues as 26 actor/musicians performed and acted their means by means of two and a half hours of drama and hi-octane rock ‘n’ roll live performance. However whatever the set crashes and technical mishaps, the viewers wouldn’t let the solid go away the stage, demanding encore after encore till the solid had run out of songs to play.[2]

West Finish productions

Buddy transferred to the Victoria Palace Theatre and opened on 12 October 1989. With audiences on their toes each night time, structural engineers have been known as to the theatre to ensure the gown circle might take the burden because the construction bounced with the viewers as they danced. Buddy transferred to the Novello Theatre, finishing a complete of 12 and a half years and 5,140 performances on the two theatres. In 2007, Janes introduced the present again to the West Finish on the Duchess Theatre, the place it performed for an additional 634 performances making it one of many longest-running musicals in London historical past.[3][4] This revival ensured that the fiftieth Anniversary of Holly’s demise was celebrated on 3 February with a particular efficiency incorporating a number of new numbers for that one night time. The position of Buddy Holly was equally shared by Dean Elliott and Matthew Wycliffe, who performed the position within the 2007 UK touring firm.[5] Ritchie Valens was performed by Puerto Rican actor Miguel Angel, and J.P. Richardson (The Large Bopper) by actor Lee Ormsby.[6] The fiftieth Anniversary Tour performed concurrently throughout the UK and starred Oliver Seymour-Marsh and Glen Joseph as Buddy, with Chris Redmond and Dan Graham because the Crickets.[7]

UK nationwide excursions

Throughout the second 12 months of the unique manufacturing’s long term, a UK nationwide tour of Buddy started in June 1991 on the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. This was the primary West Finish manufacturing to tour the UK whereas nonetheless taking part in within the West Finish; it set a brand new file of 243 weeks of steady touring, or 4 years 35 weeks on the highway.[citation needed] Buddy has continued to tour continuously within the UK.[8]

Broadway manufacturing/US nationwide excursions

After a Toronto try-out and 15 previews, the Broadway manufacturing, additionally starring Hipp, opened on November 4, 1990, on the Shubert Theatre, the place it ran for 225 performances. Jill Hennessy performed various roles, together with Holly’s spouse Maria Elena. The present has toured extensively all through the US, beginning with a 53-week tour in November 1991, and with the newest fifth tour ending in March 2016.[9]

Worldwide and touring productions

Buddy has been in additional than 17 nations, together with Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Eire, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, UK and USA. Over 25 million individuals have seen the present worldwide. Buddy has had two main excursions in Australia, the first tour performed Sydney’s Theatre Royal for 36 weeks earlier than persevering with all through Australia for an additional 60 weeks. The second Australian tour in 2009 ran for 39 weeks.[10]

In Germany, the Stage Theatre in Hamburg was constructed on land subsequent to the river Elbe particularly for Buddy, the place the present performed for seven years between 1994 and 2001.[citation needed]



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Act I

The motion takes place in Lubbock, Texas; Clovis, New Mexico; New York Metropolis and Clear Lake, Iowa; between January 1956 and February 1959.

With the help of native Lubbock Texas radio DJ, Hipockets Duncan, Buddy and his two buddies kind a Nation & Western band – Buddy Holly & the Crickets – and start to carve out a profession in music. After a tough begin at Decca Information in Nashville, they signal a contract with up-and-coming, modern file producer Norman Petty who is predicated in Clovis, New Mexico. Inside hours, Buddy Holly & the Crickets begin to churn out hits from the recording studio in-built Norman’s yard, amongst them “That’ll Be The Day”, which is able to rocket up the charts to primary in a matter of weeks. Buddy Holly & the Crickets are instantly the most well liked act within the nation and out on nationwide tour.

Buddy and his band go to New York the place they carry out on the Apollo Theater making historical past as the primary white band to carry out there.

Act II

Whereas recording in New York, Buddy proposes to Maria Elena Santiago, the Puerto Rican receptionist of his music writer after a courtship of all of 5 hours. Newly married and impressive, he shifts focus to New York and a rift develops between him and the Crickets. After a declaration of residence truths throughout a recording session, the band break up and Buddy unexpectedly finds himself having to pursue a solo profession.

Buddy joins The Winter Dance Celebration of 1959, a bus tour by means of the Midwest quenching the teenage thirst for the “new music known as Rock ‘n’ Roll” The tour is tough work, the climate situations appalling and the performers are alternating between sleeping within the baggage racks and dropping into hospital to be handled for frostbite.

The story ends on February 3, 1959, after a rocking live performance with the “Large Bopper” J.P. Richardson and Ritchie Valens on the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Buddy makes the fateful resolution to interrupt his promise to his pregnant spouse to not fly, as he and the opposite two headliners board a small airplane and take off into the night time destined for his or her subsequent present. Throughout a snow storm, at the hours of darkness, the airplane crashes and spares no survivors.


Act 1

  • Grand Bowl, Lubbock, Texas
  • A Lubbock diner
  • Decca Recording Studios, Nashville
  • KDAV Radio Studio, Lubbock
  • NorVaJak Studios, Clovis, New Mexico
  • Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York

Act 2

  • Music Writer’s Workplace, New York
  • Central Park, New York
  • NorVaJak Studios, Clovis
  • Buddy & Maria Elena’s Condo, New York
  • Backstage Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa
  • Clear Lake Live performance

Tune checklist

Solid checklist

Unique West Finish solid

  • Buddy Holly – Paul Hipp
  • The Large Bopper – Gareth Marks
  • Ritchie Valens – Enzo Squillino Jnr
  • 4th Cricket – Billy Geraghty
  • Joe B. Mauldin – David Howarth
  • Jerry Allison – David Bardsley
  • Hipockets Duncan – Vincent Marzello
  • Norman Petty – Ron Emslie
  • Maria Elena Santiago – Laurence Bouvard
  • Vi Petty – Lorna Lee
  • Apollo Predominant Man – Trevor Michael Georges
  • Apollo Singer – Shenton Dixon
  • Session Musician – Graham Model
  • Belmont – Paul Edwards
  • Maria’s Aunt – Carmen Gomez
  • Dion DiMucci – Adam Henderson
  • Murray Deutch – Douglas LeLand
  • DJ Clear Lake – Bo Mild
  • Peggy Sue – Claudia Morris
  • Mary Lou – Megg Nichol

Broadway Solid

  • Buddy Holly – Paul Hipp
  • The Large Bopper – David Mucci
  • Ritchie Valens – Philip Anthony
  • 4th Cricket – Ken Triwush
  • Joe B. Mauldin – Bobby Prochaska
  • Jerry Allison – Russ Jolly
  • Hipockets Duncan – Fred Sanders
  • Norman Petty – Kurt Ziskie
  • Maria Elena Santiago – Jill Hennessy
  • Vi Petty – Jo Lynn Burks
  • Apollo Predominant Man – Demo Cates
  • Apollo Singer – Jerome Smith Jnr
  • Apollo Singer – Sandra Caldwell
  • Apollo Singer – Denise Matthews
  • DJ at Apollo – Don Stitts
  • Session Musician – Alvin Crawford
  • Belmont – Kevin Fox
  • Maria’s Aunt – Liliane Stilwell
  • Dion DiMucci – Adam Henderson
  • Murray Deutch – Steve Steiner
  • Stage Supervisor – Peter Mumford
  • Peggy Sue – Melanie Doane
  • Mary Lou – Karen Cole
  • Decca Engineer – Paul McQuillan

  • Official web site
  • Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story on the Web Broadway Database
  • Interview with Maria Elena Holly
  • Evaluate of a Toronto manufacturing

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