Preview: Buddy at Sunderland Empire
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THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ROCK & ROLL MUSICAL
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th February 2017.
Due to phenomenal demand for tickets Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story has extended its tour into 2017 with a date at Sunderland Empire from Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 February 2017.
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story returns to Sunderland Empire just a short time after what would have been Buddy Holly’s 80th birthday. On 3rd February 1959 Buddy Holly, JP Richardson “The Big Bopper” and Ritchie Valens did their final gig in Clearlake Iowa, before setting off on that fateful flight. The enormity of the tragedy really sinks in when you think Buddy was 22, Bopper was 28 and Ritchie was only 17.
Seen by over 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddyspeaks an international language and continues to have audiences from aged 8 to 80 years old rockin’ in the aisles across the globe!
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death. In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story boasts a phenomenally multi-talented cast comprising of Glen Joseph and Alex Fobbester (who alternate the role of Buddy Holly), Miguel Angel, Joe Butcher, Celia Cruwys-Finnigan, Jordan Cunningham, Josh Haberfield, Kerry Low, Thomas Mitchells, Matthew Quinn, Tom Sowinski and Alex Tosh. Together they present two terrific hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy andRave On.
With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bambacompleting a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment.
Although there have been many imitations Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story has stood the test of time. The show has inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals, including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, still remains a true original and a musical phenomenon.
Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says of the show: “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later. I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”
Writer/Producer Alan Janes says “Audiences aged 8 to 80 dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.
Tickets available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland