Bennett Dunn is no stranger to portraying Buddy Holly, having spent a year touring the United States and Canada in the role. While touring, he had the opportunity to meet Buddy’s manager and also Buddy’s wife, Maria Elena Holly, both of whom attended his performances. In a Philadelphia area regional production of Buddy, the show was a big box-office success, coming in number one in attendance and sales.
Bennett attended Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), majoring in musical theater. He continued his theater training at the Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) where he was awarded the Haas Acting Fellowship and was nominated for The Princess Grace Award.
An Equity and SAG member, he is an accomplished musician playing guitar, percussion and piano. As a “bi-coastal” artist, he has appeared in theater, film, television and advertising on both the East and West Coasts of the United States.
“Bennett Dunn brings this music to life in a performance that borders on the sensational. Musically, he’s a true phenom only upstaging his astounding vocal improvisations by playing electric guitar behind his head.”
- Jim Rutter, News of Delaware County, PA
“Bennett Dunn looks and sounds just like him (Buddy Holly). I got misty watching him. Go listen to the music; it’s worth every dime.”
- Steve Trevelise, WIP Radio, Philadelphia, PA
“When Dunn sang ‘That’ll Be The Day,’ one of Holly’s first hits... he captured enough of the rock pioneer’s style that it gave me shivers.”
- Sue Merrill, The Grand Rapids Press, MI
“Dunn succeeds brilliantly. Tuesday’s sold-out audience couldn’t get enough of him, demanding and getting several encores.”
- Kyle Lawson, The Arizona Republic, AZ
“Bennett Dunn does an admirable job as Buddy, expressing both boyish innocence and teenage-like rebellion at the same time… [His performance] was received with a standing ovation...”
- James Eppler, The Daily Toreador, Lubbock, TX