Buddy Bids Boston Bye-Bye Dec. 19; Chicago, L.A. Next

News   Buddy Bids Boston Bye-Bye Dec. 19; Chicago, L.A. Next The new national tour of Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story ends its kick-off stint at Boston's Shubert Theatre Dec.19 after beginning performances there Dec. 7.

The new national tour of Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story ends its kick-off stint at Boston's Shubert Theatre Dec.19 after beginning performances there Dec. 7.

Buddy, a retrospective on the 50s musician's life and work, opened for a brief run at Broadway's Shubert Theatre Nov. 4, 1990. Some of the original Holly numbers in the show include "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Maybe Baby," "That'll Be The Day," "Rave On," "Oh Boy" and "Words of Love," alongside "La Bamba" and "Chantilly Lace," performed in Holly's fateful last concert by Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Val Zeiler stars as Buddy Holly. Zeiler was the alternate Holly in the still-running London company. Other credits include Lincoln Center Director's Lab pieces, Container and A Perfect Analysis Given by A Parrot and regional productions of The Illusion, Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream and Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Also in the cast are Christopher Bloch, Aaron Cromie, Steve Gibb, Sean Nugent, Vin Parker, Joanna Parson, Steve Friday, Fred Berman, Rob Langeder, Christa Justus (Titanic), Llana Reda, Chris Yohn, Victoria Stilwell, Travis Turpin, Edward Kemper, David Sinkus, Angela Howell, Jonathyn Rayfield, Dean Brewington, Gay Glenn, J. Cameron Barnett and Tamula Browning.

After Boston, the following stops will be made: Dec. 21-Jan. 9, 2000: Chicago, IL; The Shubert Theatre
Jan. 11-16: East Lansing, MI; The Wharton Center
Jan. 18-23: Fort Worth, TX; The Bass Performing Arts Center
Jan. 25-30: Tulsa, OK; The Tulsa Music Hall
Feb. 1-13: Los Angeles, CA; Pantages Theatre
Feb. 15-20: Palm Desert, CA; The Bob Hope Performing Arts Center
Feb. 22-March 5: Las Vegas, NV; The Las Vegas Hilton
March 7-12: Salt Lake City, UT; Capitol Theatre
March 14-26: Denver, CO; Denver Center for the Arts
March 28-April 2: Des Moines, IA; The Civic Center
April 4-9: Milwaukee, WI; The Riverside
April 11-12: Chattanooga, TN; Memorial Auditorium
April 13-16: West Palm Beach, FL; Kravis Center
April 18-23: Naples, FL; Philharmonic
April 25-30: Providence, RI; Providence Performing Arts Center
May 9-13: Baltimore, MD; The Lyric
May 16-21: Louisville, KY; Kentucky Center for the Arts
May 23-28: Green Bay, WI; The Weidner Center
May 29-June 4: St. Paul, MN; The Ordway
June 6-12: Norfolk, VA; Chrysler Hall
June 14-19: Charlotte, NC; Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
June 21-26: Richmond, VA; The Carpenter
June 28-July 2: Hartford, CT; The Bushnell
July 4-9: Raliegh, NC; Auditorium Theatre
July 11-16: Atlanta, GA; The Fox Theatre
July 18-23: Cleveland, OH; The Playhouse
July 25-30: Pittsburgh, PA; The Heinz
Aug. 8-20: Houston, TX; Theater Under The Stars

Boston theatregoers are able to sample the tunes of Holly and his Crickets for $20. These rush tickets, located in the first two rows of the orchestra, will be available the day of performance at the box office only.

Regular priced tickets ($68.50-$25) are available by calling Telecharge at (800) 447-7400.

-- By Christine Ehren