Originally from Wisconsin, James has performed in regional theatre across the U.S. since 2005. He played the Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) in the celebrated production of Buddy at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse in 2008, and reprises the role at the History Theatre, St. Paul, this fall. James has also had the pleasure of performing as the Big Bopper in the Bopper's home state of Texas, to critical acclaim.
James Fairchild (L) performing as the Big Bopper in Buddy
"James Fairchild makes a sexy Big Bopper (Richardson's stage name), turning the 'Chantilly Lace' number into a sweaty, pheromone-drenched crooning that raises the temperature inside the theater at least five degrees."
"...James Fairchild attacks a self-amused rendition of 'Chantilly Lace' - complete with a pitch-perfect "Hel-lo, ba-a-a-a-bay!" - with absolute fearlessness"
- Mike Schulz, River Cities Reader
"Fairchild does a brilliant job of bringing the Big Bopper to life"
- Rick Mauch, Hood County News