Author Archives: Rick Thorne

JENNIFER BARNABA

USA


Jennifer appeared in the 6th Street Playhouse production of Buddy in Santa Rosa, California (dir. DJ Salisbury), in early 2020, playing the roles of Mary Lou Sokoloff, Shirley, Peggy Sue, jingle singer, Clear Lake back-up vocals, and Keys 2. “I absolutely love doing this show and would love to do it again!” she says.  

TRINITY SWAN

Phoenix, AZ


Playing the violin and piano to a high standard, Trinity has so far appeared in four productions of Buddy; two as Vi Petty/Shirley/Jingle Singer/Snowbird (Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, FL, and Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, PA) and two as Hayrider Fiddler/Shirley/Jingle Singer/Snowbird/Vi Understudy (Jersey Shore Entertainment, NJ, and Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, PA).  

JAMES P. DALEY

Chicago, IL


James is a bassist/actor from Chicago, who performed the role of Joe B. Mauldin in the 2019 production of Buddy at Beef & Boards Dinner Theater in Indianapolis. Both Upright and Electric Bass are his main instruments.

MATT HEALEY

New York, NY


Matt, 20, is an EMC performer based out of NYC, who attended Wagner College, graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in Theatre Performance. He played the role of Jerry Allison (drums) at Highlands Playhouse (Highlands, NC) in their record-breaking production of Buddy in June 2019. Matt also plays electric bass, guitar, piano, and saxophone all to a performance-ready standard.


BENJAMIN BROWN

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Benjamin played Joe B. Mauldin in the well-received Casa Mañana production of Buddy in Fort Worth, Texas, in September 2019, and would love to be considered for other productions. Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Benjamin is 27, and suitable for Joe B. Mauldin and the 4th Cricket track. He is proficient on upright and electric bass, guitar, and piano.

ANDREW KUENZI

Raleigh, NC


Andrew is an actor/musician and has played Jerry Allison (drums) in the summer 2019 production of Buddy at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

ANDREW HARVEY

New York, NY


Originally from Buffalo, NY, Andrew currently resides in New York City where he is pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. A musician in his own right, Harvey plays the guitar, piano, mandolin, ukulele, and drum set, most of which are self-taught. He played Buddy to much acclaim at Highlands Playhouse, Highlands, NC, in summer 2019.

JOHN DEWEY

New York, NY

John has played Buddy to great acclaim in two smash-hit productions of the show at the Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope, PA) in 2016 and '17. The second run transferred to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (2017) where John once again donned the frames in the lead.

AMERICAN BLUES THEATER TAKES HOME FIVE JEFF AWARDS FOR BUDDY!

The 50th annual Joseph Jefferson Awards, recognizing the work of Equity productions in the Chicago area (held October 22, at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Illinois) saw American Blues Theater take home five Jeff Awards for their 2018 production of Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story, including the prizes for: Best Production, Musical (Midsize); Best Director, Midsize Theater (Lili-Anne Brown); Best Ensemble, Musical; Best Performer in a Principal Role, Musical (Zachary Stevenson); and Best Music Direction (Michael Mahler).

MAYALIN QUINONES

New York, NY

Mayalin is an actress/singer/dancer originally from Houston, TX, who recently relocated to NYC. She is in her early 20s and played Maria Elena in Endstation Theatre Company’s production of Buddy in June 2018 (Lynchburg, VA).