Buddy Celebrates 5,000th Performance in London

News   Buddy Celebrates 5,000th Performance in London

On Oct. 16, the hit musical Buddy will celebrate its 5,000th performance entering into its 13th year in the West End.

Buddy has had audiences from across the globe dancing and singing in the aisles since it first opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in October of 1989. After six years the show transferred to its current home at the Strand Theatre.

Buddy tells the compelling story of rock 'n' roll legend Buddy Holly, charting his rise from small town beginnings to stardom. On the way his professional, creative and love life are surrounded by his very unique sound, until his life ends tragically in a plane crash. In the show, the actors play their own instruments as well as sing the catchy tunes including "Peggy Sue," "Rave On," and "That'll Be The Day," which became a became a No. 1 hit and a million seller.

Buddy, conceived by Laurie Mansfield, was written by Alan Janes and directed by Rob Bettinson. In 1991, Buddy was honored with the Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Actor In A Musical.

Gus MacGregor, who has been starring as Buddy Holly for almost six years, has said: "I never tire of playing Buddy's music, it always manages to strike a chord with me. The world has lost a great songwriter and performer, and it's an honor to help keep his legend alive."

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—by Theatrenow