Rock’s Holly ghost

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E was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Don McLean’s hit song Amer­i­can Pie and his tragic death was widely re­garded as ‘‘the day the mu­sic died’’.

Lit­tle won­der then that Buddy Holly’s story has been im­mor­talised in the hit mu­si­cal Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, which opens at Been­leigh’s Pavilion The­atre to­mor­row night.

Pre­sented by Phoenix Ensem­ble, the mu­si­cal tells the story of the man who changed the face of pop­u­lar mu­sic be­fore he died in a plane crash aged just 22.

Di­rec­tor Deb­bie Tay­lor says Holly was not only known for his mu­sic but for what he rep­re­sented as an icon.

‘‘He was very tal­ented and his short but very pub­lic life re­minds peo­ple to make the most of life while you can,’’ she says.

‘‘He had a goal and he achieved it . . . even though he died young, he’s still re­mem­bered to­day.’’

Tay­lor says Holly’s sim­ple songs still strike a chord with both young and old.

‘‘The mu­sic may be more than 60 years old but Buddy’s songs still get peo­ple smil­ing and mov­ing. It’s hard not to tap your toes or bop a bit when you hear a Buddy Holly song,’’ she says.

‘‘The melodies are easy to sing along with and the words are hon­est – peo­ple can re­late to them.’’

Phoenix’s 18-strong cast have been hard at work learn­ing the songs. with the ac­tors all singing, danc­ing and play­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments in the show.

The mu­si­cal fea­tures more than 20 of Holly’s great­est hits in­clud­ing Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Not Fade Away, Ev­ery­day, Rave On, Maybe Baby and Rain­ing In My Heart as well as Ritchie Valens’ big hit La Bamba, and the Big Bop­per’s Chan­tilly Lace.

Au­di­ence mem­bers are en­cour­aged to come along dressed in 1950s fash­ion. opens at Pavilion The­atre, Been­leigh Show­grounds, to­mor­row and plays Fri­days and Satur­days at 7.30pm un­til Septem­ber 8.

Lach­lan Clark, Scott Young, Kee­gan O’Neill and Adam O’Con­nor star in Phoenix Ensem­ble’s

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