PREVIEW: Oh boy! Buddy’s here

There have been many imitations, but the original and best is back! The World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, kicks off its 2011 UK Tour in February visiting Milton Keynes Theatre for one week only between September 26 and October 1.

Fifty years ago, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash aged just 22.

Buddy tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy’s greatest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, Heartbeat and Raining In My Heart.

As well as over 15 years in the West End, Buddy has played 431 weeks – or eight and a half years! – on the road in the UK and Ireland.

Seen by more than 21 million people in over 20,000 performances worldwide, and with over 40,000 ‘Oh Boy’s!’ since it first opened in London’s West End, Buddy is about to enter its 22nd year of paying tribute to the musical genius whose untimely death was immortalised in Don McLean’s American Pie as ‘the Day the Music Died’.

Written and produced by Alan Janes, the show guarantees two terrific hours of fantastic family entertainment.

He says: “We’re looking forward to once again playing to all our fans across the UK, especially as Buddy is the perfect antidote for recession depression.”

The cast list reads as follows: Glen Joseph, Roger Rowley, Chris Redmond, Dan Graham, Felicity Chilver, Steve Dorsett, Miguel Angel, Gary Trainor, Kyle Riley, Katia Sartini, Melissa Keyes and Alex Marshall.

The show is directed by Matt Salisbury, designed by Adrian Rees while the musical director is John Banister with choreography by Lizzi Gee. The sound design is courtesy of Peter Cox (for Thames Audio) and the lighting designed by Joe Atkins.

With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical line up, Buddy is still the hottest ticket around, and a not to be missed evening of family entertainment that will have music lovers from eight to 80 toe-tapping, hand clapping and rocking in the aisles!

Don’t miss one of the best Rock and Roll musicals of all time so book today at the Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office by calling 0844 8717652 or visit (booking fees apply to both).