The Story
Buddy
Music & Lyrics
BUDDY HOLLY

Book
ALAN JANES & ROB BETTINSON

Original Idea
LAURIE MANSFIELD
This is one of the first so-called "jukebox musicals," and consists mostly of the songs of Buddy Holly and other early rockers. It is based on the life and career of early rock and roller Buddy Holly. His tragic death is clearly the sort of incident that becomes mythical, but the musical concludes just before the ill-fated plane crash, preferring to focus on the incidents that formed him as a person and a phenomenal musician.

PHOTOS
2007 London Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
A video montage promoting the London revival of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story".

MUSIC
Peggy Sue
Paul Hipp
Original London Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

With the support of local radio DJ, Hipockets Duncan, Buddy and his two friends form a Country & Western band - Buddy Holly & the Crickets - and begin to carve out a career in music. After a difficult start at Decca in Nashville, they sign a contract with up-and-coming, innovative record producer Norman Petty. Within hours, Buddy Holly & the Crickets start to churn out hits from the recording studio built in Norman's backyard, among them "That'll Be The Day", which will rocket up the charts to number one in a matter of weeks. Buddy Holly & the Crickets are suddenly the hottest act in the country and out on national tour.

Whilst recording in New York, Buddy proposes to Maria Elena Santiago, the Puerto Rican receptionist of his record publisher after a courtship of all of five hours! Newly married and ambitious, he completely shifts focus to New York and a rift develops between him and The Crickets. After a declaration of home truths during a recording session, the band split and Buddy unexpectedly finds himself having to pursue a solo career.

Buddy joins 'The Winter Dance Party' of 1959, a bus tour through the Midwest quenching the teenage thirst for the 'new music called Rock 'n' Roll'. The tour is hard work, the weather conditions appalling and the performers are alternating between sleeping in the luggage racks and dropping into hospital to be treated for frostbite.

Our story ends on February 3rd, 1959, after a rocking concert with the 'Big Bopper' J.P. Richardson and Ritchie Valens at the Surf Ballroom in Iowa. Buddy makes the fateful decision to break his promise to his pregnant wife not to fly, as he and the other two head-liners board a small plane and take off into the night destined for their next show. During a snow storm, in the dead of night, the plane crashes and spares no survivors.

The tragedy shocks the world, snatching the lives of three of the world's most dynamic musical talents - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Buddy Holly's brief life is immortalized in this dynamic and heart-rending stage show. It's a celebration of the man, his music and life, that catches that unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm that was Buddy Holly.

...and the rest will just be Rock 'n' Roll.

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
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Cast
Buddy Holly MATTHEW WYCLIFFE
Buddy Holly DEAN ELLIOTT
Hipockets Duncan MIKE LLOYD
Ritchie Valens MIGUEL ANGEL
The Big Bopper LEE ORMSBY
Creative
Producer PAUL ELLIOTT, LAURIE MANSFIELD, INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, GREG SMITH, DAVID MIRVISH
Direction ROB BETTINSON
Musical Director PAUL JURY
Scenic Design ANDY WALMSLEY
Costume Design BILL BUTLER & CAROLYN SMITH
Lighting Design GRAHAM McLUSKY
Sound Design RICK PRICE
Cast
Buddy Holly PAUL HIPP
Hipockets Duncan FRED SANDERS
Maria Elena Santiago JILL HENNESSY
Ritchie Valens PHILIP ANTHONY
The Big Bopper DAVID MUCCI
Creative
Direction ROB BETTINSON
Cast
Buddy Holly PAUL HIPP
Maria Elena Santiago LAURENCE BOUVARD
Hipockets Duncan VINCENT MARZELLO
Ritchie Valens ENZO SOUILLINO JR
The Big Bopper GARETH MARKS
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Rose of TexasMusic and Lyrics By Paul Jury
Flower of My HeartMusic and Lyrics By Paul Jury
Rip It Up (U.K. version)Music and Lyrics By Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco
Ready Teddy (U.S. version)Music and Lyrics By Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco
Changing All Those ChangesMusic and Lyrics By Buddy Holly
That'll Be The DayMusic and Lyrics By Norman Petty, Jerry Allison, and Buddy Holly
Brown Eyed Handsome ManMusic and Lyrics By Chuck Berry
EverydayMusic and Lyrics By Charles Hardin, Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Shout (U.K. version)Music and Lyrics By Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley
Good Time (U.S. version)Music and Lyrics By Paul Jury
PartyMusic and Lyrics By Paul Jury
Not Fade AwayMusic and Lyrics By Charles Hardin and Norman Petty
Peggy SueMusic and Lyrics By Norman Petty, Jerry Allison, and Buddy Holly
Words Of LoveMusic and Lyrics by Buddy Holly
Oh, BoyMusic and Lyrics By Norman Petty and Bill Tilghman


ACT TWO

Think It OverMusic and Lyrics By Jerry Allison, Norman Petty, and Buddy Holly
True Love WaysMusic and Lyrics By Norman Petty and Buddy Holly
Star Spangled BannerTraditional
Why Do Fools Fall in LoveMusic and Lyrics By Frankie Lymon and Morris Levy
Chantilly LaceMusic and Lyrics By J. P. Richardson
Maybe BabyMusic and Lyrics By Norman Petty and Buddy Holly
Peggy Sue Got MarriedMusic and Lyrics by Buddy Holly
HeartbeatMusic and Lyrics By Norman Petty and Bob Montgomery
La BambaTraditional, Adapted by Ritchie Valens
Raining in My HeartMusic and Lyrics By Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant
It Doesn't Matter AnymoreMusic and Lyrics By Paul Anka
Rave OnMusic and Lyrics By Norman Petty and Bill Tilghman
Johnny B. GoodeMusic and Lyrics By Chuck Berry
Oh, Boy (Encore)Music and Lyrics By Norman Petty and Bill Tilghman

Into The Woods
Avenue Q
Liberty
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

2007 London Production
Artworks/ Posters

A video montage promoting the London revival of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story".

Peggy Sue Paul Hipp Original London Cast Recording
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