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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010
8:00 PM (Fall Foliage Weekend)
Texas Crown Performance Hall
Canadian, TX
Produced by Lubbock Moonlight Musicals


Click on the play button below to hear a sample of Buddy! The Buddy Holiday Story, the musical.



Lubbock Moonlight Musicals is bringing to the Texas Crown Performance Hall on October 16, 2010 the stage musical Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story.





On February 3rd, 1959 the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash aged 22.  Now, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of the three years in which he became the world's top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day", "Oh Boy", "Not Fade Away", "Everyday", "Rave On", "Maybe Baby", "Raining In My Heart", Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace"



Over 20 million people have come to see Buddy all across the globe where the magical talents of Charles Harding "Buddy" Holly have been shared live with many more people than the real Buddy Holly ever had the chance to perform to.  The young man with glasses whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period has enjoyed, via our show, a longevity that was denied him in 1959.



Starting out as a Country & Western singer in Lubbock, Texas, Buddy and his two friends, Joe and Jerry, form ‘The Crickets’ and with the support of a local radio DJ, ‘Hipockets’ Duncan, they begin to carve out a career in music.

After an inauspicious start at Decca Records in Nashville, Buddy and the Crickets sign a contract with up-and-coming innovative record producer, Norman Petty. Within hours of meeting they start to record Buddy’s biggest hit “That’ll Be The Day” which will rocket up the charts to number one in a matter of weeks. Buddy Holly & the Crickets suddenly become the hottest act in the country.

Now successful, the Crickets travel to New York, where Buddy meets and proposes to Maria Elena Santiago, the Puerto Rican receptionist of his music publisher, after a courtship which takes all of five hours! Newly married and ambitious, Buddy completely shifts his focus to New York and an inevitable rift develops between him and the Crickets. After a declaration of home truths during a recording session in Clovis, the band split and Buddy unexpectedly finds himself having to pursue a solo career. The ‘Winter Dance Party 1959’ is a tour that is travelling by bus through the Midwest, quenching the teenage thirst for the new music called Rock & 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.





Here, Buddy’s final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, with Ritchie Valens (“La Bamba”) and the ‘Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson (“Chantilly Lace”) is recreated. After the concert, Buddy breaks his promise to his pregnant wife not to fly as he and the other two headliners board a small plane and fly off into the night for Moorhead only to crash into a plowed field shortly after take-off. There are no survivors.


The tragedy snatches away the lives of three of the world’s most dynamic musical talents – Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17) and the Big Bopper (28) – and as the legend says, it was “the day the music died…”


Buddy Holly’s brief life has become the stuff of legend. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a celebration of that legend and catches that unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm that was Buddy Holly and wraps it up into a package that truly deserves the billing: "The World's Most Successful Rock & Roll Musical"






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