by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story is at the New Alexandra Theatre until Sat 1st April, the musical is based on the life and music of Buddy Holly.
This is a MUST SEE show, if you love pure musical theatre, a simple story of band trying to establish themselves alongside Buddy’s romance with his future wife, a groundbreaking performance by Buddy Holly and the Crickets at the Apollo and the fateful final plane flight which robbed the world of so much talent.
Aside from my tears when Ritchie Valens exclaimed “I’m coming on the plane with you Buddy” this show is upbeat and full of everything I love about musical theatre. I loved everything from the moment the performance started.
The first half centres around the Buddy Holly story and Alex Fobbester makes for a very convincing Buddy, you can’t help but warm to his character.
The second half is more like attending a concert. Ritchie Valens Jordan Cunningham sings La Bamba whilst wiggling his hips in the tightest of trousers, The Big Bopper Thomas Mitchells sings Chantilly Lace, whilst goose stepping across the stage, the Big Bopper is a flamboyant character and both boys play their parts so very well. Yes I did cry when it was near to the end and I knew what was coming. (If you google Buddy Holly you will know.)
With beautiful lighting and a soundtrack to melt the hardest of hearts this show delivers joy and sorrow in equal measures. With so many great tunes including Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, Everyday and That’ll be the day I was singing along for most of the night. True Love Ways has a special place in my life, it’s what we played at our wedding when we signed the register.
I have been looking forward to Buddy since it was announced it was coming to The Alex last year and this show did not disappoint. It’s a wonderful production and Buddy Holly was such an important influence on music both during his short musical career and for a long time into the future, it’s lovely to see his story bought to life some 50 plus years after his untimely death. Great music does Not Fade Away, So Listen To Me, I wholeheartedly recommend you try to catch a performance this week.
Book tickets to see Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story here: atgtickets.com/shows/buddy-the-buddy-holly-story/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/
Julie visited The New Alexandra Theatre on behalf of #BrumHour. This is not a sponsored post. And Julie didn’t write anything about cakes or drinks? I might have to check shes ok?.