Author Archives: Rick Thorne

ESTHER COVINGTON

Washington DC
A professional actress and multi-instrumentalist, Esther has played the role of Vi Petty in numerous productions of Buddy, most recently at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, FL, in spring 2012.

JOE COSMO COGEN

New York, NY


Joe is a musical theatre percussionist/actor originally from Atlanta, currently residing in New York. He has performed in numerous Buddy productions across North America, playing the role of Jerry Allison.

BILL MOREY

New York, NY


Bill is a bassist, trombonist, and actor who has played the role of Joe B. Mauldin in many productions of Buddy including in New York, New Jersey, Nevada, California, and also on tour.

DREW CARNWATH

Toronto, Canada
Drew is a Toronto-based performer (singer-actor-guitarist) who has played Buddy in three productions of the show in Canada, including two sold-out runs at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon.

JOHN ROCHETTE

New York, NY
John has played the role of drummer Jerry Allison in three productions of Buddy at the Arvada Center (CO), Carousel Dinner Theatre (OH) and Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre (NY).

STEVEN LASITER

New York, NY
Steven has performed in the Circa '21, Broadway Palm West, and Wagon Wheel Theatre productions of Buddy, playing Jerry Allison (the Crickets), Buddy understudy and Tommy Alsop (4th Cricket).

TRISTAN LAYNE TAPSCOTT

Davenport, IA
A multi-skilled artist, Tristan received great reviews as Jerry Allison of the Crickets at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse (Rock Island, IL) in 2008. He reprised the role of Jerry in 2009 at Eastlight Theatre (Peoria, IL).

JUSTIN DROEGEMUELLER

Minneapolis, MN
Justin is based in the Minneapolis area, and played Joe B. Mauldin in Allenberry Playhouse's (PA) 2011 production of Buddy, as well as at Circa '21 Dinner Theatre (IL), receiving great reviews.

BILLY HORN

Buffalo, NY
Billy is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and actor, who played Jerry Allison in the 2008 and '09 MusicalFare productions of Buddy in Amherst, NY.

JOHN SEABERRY

Fort Collins, CO
A seasoned upright bass player, John played Joe B. Mauldin in the smash hit production of Buddy at Carousel Dinner Theater (Colorado) in 2009.

VAUGHN IRVING

Chicago, IL / Santa Fe, NM
Vaughn is an actor/singer/musician who has performed the roles of Jerry Allison (the Crickets) and Ritchie Valens in dinner and regional theatre productions of Buddy.

DANIEL JACKSON

Birmingham, AL
Daniel has played Buddy to great acclaim in a number of productions of the show, most recently at Theatre Winter Haven in Florida (2012).

ZACHARY STEVENSON

Vancouver/Toronto, Canada
Singer/songwriter, actor, and multi-instrumentalist, Zachary has generated a tremendous response as Buddy in Drayton Entertainment's productions of the show and also Arts Club Theatre's record-breaking run in Vancouver (2010).

BENNETT DUNN

Philadelphia, PA / Los Angeles, CA
An accomplished actor, singer, and musician, Bennett has played the lead on a U.S. national tour of Buddy, and more recently reprised the role in smash hit productions at the Arvada Center and Media Theatre.

MATTHEW GRAY

New York, NY
Matthew recently performed in the smash hit production at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach (FL) receiving wonderful reviews for his portrayal of Buddy. He trained at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

BRANDON ALBRIGHT

Las Vegas, NV
An accomplished singer/songwriter, Brandon most recently played Buddy in the highly successful run for McCoy-Rigby Entertainment at La Mirada's 1200-seat Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.