Author Archives: Rick Thorne

MATT McCLURE

Atlanta, GA

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!

MIKE BRENNAN

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).

DAVID REED

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.

DALEN GUNN

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).


TODD MEREDITH

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.

JENNY STODD

New York, NY
Jenny, a Midwest native now based out of New York, has been fortunate to travel the country with Buddy. She has played the role of Maria Elena on the 2013-2014 National Tour and at regional venues including Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, The El Dorado Casino (Reno), Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, and most recently at Laguna Playhouse in California during summer 2014. Jenny will reprise her role on the forthcoming 2015 Buddy U.S. tour.

DAVID MARMANILLO

New York, NY


A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, David has performed as Ritchie Valens in a number of productions of Buddy, including smash-hit runs at Forestburgh Playhouse (NY) and Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville (FL).

EMILIO RAMOS

New York, NY


Emilio Ramos is an actor, dancer and singer based out of New York City. As 17-year-old Ritchie Valens, he has rock’n’rolled across various U.S. cities with Buddy, including on the fall/winter leg of the 2013-14 tour.

JAMES DAVID LARSON

New York, NY

Playing Joe B. Mauldin in the 2013 North American tour of Buddy, as well as playing the lead role of Buddy in the show regionally, James combines his acting and musical talents in critically-lauded performances of the show. A quick study and an easy-going, passionate person available for your production!

ANNABELLE FOX

New York, NY

Annabelle currently lives in NYC and is playing the lead in an Off Broadway children’s show, The Butterfly Girl at the Vital Theatre Company. She graduated cum laude from Belmont University in May ‘14. Her connection with Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story began in 2013 when she played a Snowbird/Ensemble member at Highlands Playhouse (NC). She has performed professionally in various shows around the States.

BILL ZAUNER

Lubbock, TX

Bill Zauner is from Buddy Holly’s hometown Lubbock, Texas. He has played the role of Joe B. Mauldin in four productions of the show, and is also proficient on the ‘4th Cricket’ part of Tommy Allsup.

ZACH SNYDER

Buffalo, NY

A senior musical theatre major at the University at Buffalo, Zach played Hipockets Duncan as well as Musical Ensemble (trumpet) at the Highlands Playhouse production of Buddy in Highlands, North Carolina, in summer 2013.