London's Long-Running Buddy Closes March 3

News   London's Long-Running Buddy Closes March 3

Buddy, the long-running musical about Buddy Holly, is closing this weekend.

Buddy opend at the Victoria Palace back in October 1989 and transferred to its present home, the Strand Theatre in October 1995. Directed by Rob Bettinson, who was also responsible for another Victoria Palace hit, Jolson, starring Brian Conley, it tells the story of the brief but influential career of American rock and roll star Buddy Holly, who died aged only 21, in a plane crash.

Buddy's closure marks the end of another long-running West End musical (Cats is to follow in May) but it has, by definition, had an excellent run for its investors' money and its closure makes way for fresh shows - in this case a transfer from the Royal Court of Peter Gills' The York Realist.

A Broadway production of Buddy was considerably less long-lived.

—by Theatrenow