Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story comes to Nyack's Helen Hayes Theatre Company June 1 for a limited engagement through June 23.
A high-energy tribute to the late Buddy Holly, Buddy follows the performer from his early days in Lubbock, Texas, to his debut with The Crickets at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. The musical ends with a re-creation of Holly's last concert at the Surf Ballroom in Iowa, which also featured the talents of Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and Dion. On Feb. 3, 1959, the 22 year-old Holly was killed in a plane crash that also took the lives of Valens and the Big Bopper.
The musical that played London's West End and Broadway celebrates Holly's life through renditions of his greatest hits, including including "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," "Maybe Baby," "That'll Be the Day," "Rave On" and "Words of Love."
Christopher Sutton, a recipient of the Louis B. Sudler National Prize in the Arts and the 2000 Barrymore Award Winner for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor for his portrayal of Buddy Holly at the Walnut Street Theatre, stars as the late singer. The remainder of the cast comprises Doug Thoms (Big Bopper), Noel Velez (Richie Valens) with Jason A. Agnello, Kelly Briscoe, Michael Crotier, Lenora Eve, David Finch, Kevin Fox, Tracey Conyer, Lee Sean Nugent, Liana Reda and Scott Wakefield. Richard Sabellico directs and choreographs.
The Helen Hayes is located at 117 Main Street in Nyack, N.Y. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Helen Hayes box office at (845) 358-6333 or (201) 358-6065 or visit www.hhtco.org. —By Andrew Gans