Buddy Holly mu­sic alive

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

short, re­mark­able ca­reer of leg­endary rock’n’roller Buddy Holly is brought to life in Bal­lina Play­ers’ lat­est mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. The show, which opens to­mor­row, stars Jor­dan Stot­ter (pic­tured) as Holly. The mu­si­cal charts the story of Holly and his band The Crick­ets, three young mates from Lub­bock, Texas, who stood their ground against at­tempts to force them to play coun­try in­stead of rock. A Decca records pro­ducer told them they would never amount to any­thing. They proved him wrong, play­ing the mu­sic mil­lions of bop­pers wanted to hear. In 15 months dur­ing his early 20s, this gan­gly boy with his trade­mark black-rimmed glasses had 10 hits. Then, at age 22 he was gone. A small plane crashed in a snow­storm, killing Buddy along with fel­low tour mem­bers teen idol Richie Valens and J.P. ‘‘Big Bop­per’’ Richard­son. Fe­bru­ary 3, 1959, came to be called ‘‘the day the mu­sic died’’, im­mor­talised in Don McLean’s song Amer­i­can Pie. Buddy is helmed by di­rec­tor Paul Belsham and War­wick Bin­ney.

opens at Bal­lina Play­ers The­atre, Swift St, to­mor­row and plays Thursdays to Satur­days at 7pm and Sun­days at 1pm un­til De­cem­ber 8. Call (02) 6686 2440 to book.

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