Rock’s Holly ghost
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