Buddy, the musical bio of the life of '50's rocker Buddy Holly, will not fade away, as the song goes. It's being remounted as a national tour, beginning Dec. 7 at Boston's Shubert Theatre. Paul Mills (London's Buddy, Run For Your Wife) directs.
First mounted on Broadway in 1990, Buddy tells the true story of a country-singing boy from Texas' rise to pop stardom. Tragically, Holly's career was cut short by an airplane crash following a 1959 concert. Alan Janes wrote the musical, mixing in Holly hits like "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby," "That'll Be The Day" and "Oh Boy."
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
This national tour of Buddy is produced by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Bob Alwine with sponsorship from Pearle Vision.
-- By Christine Ehren