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The Buddy Holly Story

A storybook, a songbook but most of all a happy evening much appreciated by virtually a full house...

Published on April 25th 2006.

The Buddy Holly Story
Written byAlan James & Rob Bettinson

My 62-year-old female companion knew every word. When Buddy sang, “That’ll be the Day” she regressed to being a 16 year old girl. A storybook, a songbook but most of all a happy evening much appreciated by virtually a full house.

After a weekend of A Taste of Honey, Romeo and Juliet , Antony and Cleopatra, Coronation Street, Heartbeat and a wonderful political debate on West Wing, I wasn’t sure how I might react to yet another baby boomer retrospective.

I need not have worried. The songs of Buddy Holly and The Crickets, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens bestrode the fifty or so years with astonishing ease.

The first act set the scene with good performances by all the cast.

The second act was dominated by the poignant Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom at Clear Lake, Iowa. At the precise moment that Buddy was joined onstage by The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, the whole place erupted. Nearly half an hour of sublime rock ‘n’ roll in which everybody joined in. The stage rocked, the musicians rocked and the audience went wild.

The English tend to be reactive rather than proactive. Standing ovations are rare, but a ripple of emotion became a flood of enthusiasm and participation with everybody in the theatre expressing their particular take on the events performed before them.

61 years after the end of the Second World War there seems no end to the public appetite for such revivals and nostalgia.

As long as they are as triumphant as this, let the fun continue.

Richard Burbage
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The Buddy Holly Story will be at The Lowry until the 29th AprilBook online www.thelowry.comOr 0870 111 2000

April 2006

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