Author Archives: Rick Thorne
The kids of Emanuel School in London rocked 'n' rolled and did Buddy proud in Summer 2014, with their production of the JR. edition of the show.
This amazing co-production with the Fulton Theatre (Lancaster, PA) blazed trails in 2014, thrilling both audiences and critics.
Buddy rocked the Ogunquit Playhouse’s 80th Anniversary season to a close in fall 2012. It became the most popular musical in the Playhouse's history, and returned by popular demand in 2013!
This fabulous 10-week run in Alberta,
Canada, featured previous London ‘Buddies’ Dean Elliott and Matthew Wycliffe
sharing the lead, in summer 2010.
This record-breaking run rocked Vancouver for an incredible 61 sold-out performances at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in summer 2010!
Buddy rocked 'n' rolled in the Catskills during summer 2011, thrilling audiences at the Forestburgh Playhouse.
Buddy had audiences dancing in the aisles in 2008, becoming the biggest hit in the theatre's history. The show was such a success, SCT remounted the production the following year in Mason City, IA, as part of the 50th Anniversary commemoration of 'the Day the Music Died'. And a very special person joined the cast on stage for the encore!
This unforgettable 10-week run of Buddy rocked Elmsford, north of New York City, to the rafters in 2008!
On the back of an incredibly successful 25th anniversary worldwide tour, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, ‘the World’s Most Successful Rock & Roll Musical’, is back in the U.K. in 2016! The autumn tour opens at Harlow Playhouse on Wednesday 31 August ahead of a 14-week tour.
If you're in North Carolina this week, be sure to check out North Carolina Theatre's sensational production of Buddy at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts!
St. Louis is loving Buddy! Check out these reviews, pics and video from the Muny's amazing production of Buddy...
Originally from Kennesaw, GA, Matt first played Buddy back in 2015 in the sold-out run of the show at Venice Theatre in Florida. Since then, he has gone on to perform in seven other productions across the country, five as Buddy and two as the fourth Cricket. This summer (2019), he will don the horn-rimmed glasses twice more!
Check out this crystal-clear interview with Buddy, from 1958!
New York, NY
Mike is a New York based actor/singer who has portrayed the Big Bopper to much acclaim in many highly successful runs of Buddy including the recent 2015 US National Tour. He has also appeared as the Bopper in productions of Buddy at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre (Fort Myers, FL), Laguna Playhouse (Laguna Beach, CA), Cortland Repertory Theatre (Cortland, NY), and Casino Rama Resort & Casino (Rama, ON).
Hailing from Sarasota, Florida, Parker Lawhorne played J.P. ‘the Big Bopper’ Richardson in Venice Theatre’s (FL) 2015 sold-out run of Buddy.
New York, NY
Originally hailing from Decatur, IL, David Reed has performed as Marvin Madison (Apollo Performer) on two national tours of Buddy (2015 U.S. and 2013 U.S. and Canada), and six productions of the show overall.
Stratford, ON / Chicago, IL
Karack is a classically trained actor and rock & roll guitarist from Chicago, IL, but currently living in Stratford, ON, where he is currently a company member with the world renowned Stratford Festival of Canada. He has appeared in Buddy both as the Big Bopper/rhythm guitar (Wisconsin Theatreworks, WI), and as Tommy Allsup (Highlands Playhouse, NC).
Los Angeles, CA
MaryAnn has most recently been seen as Vi Petty in the 2015 U.S. National Tour of Buddy. Previously she played Vi in the Laguna Playhouse production of the show in Southern California in 2014.
New York, NY
Originally from the mountains of North Idaho and a graduate of New York City’s The Circle In The Square, Dalen’s Buddy
credits in the lead role include two sold-out runs at the Civic Theatre of Spokane, WA, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, IL (2014), and the Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, FL (2015).
New York, NY
Todd is a New York-based actor/musician originally from Albany, New York, who has starred as Buddy Holly in numerous productions of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story. Most recently he has toured the country with the latest North American tour of the show.