The Stevenage Lytton Players
The Buddy Holly Story

Written by Alan Janes & Rob Bettinson

19th - 22nd May 2010 7:45pm
The Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage
Director - Peter Darnell
Musical Director - Julie Davies
- Claire Woodhams

SLP Box Office:   0870 777 7619
GC Theatre Box Office:   08700 131 030

The Stevenage Lytton Players Spring 2010 Musical Production was Buddy performed at the Gordon Craig Theatre

The Show
Buddy has been seen by over 20 million people around the world, where the magical talents of Charles Hardin 'Buddy' Holly have been shared live with many more people than the real Buddy Holly ever had the chance to perform to. The young man with glasses whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period has enjoyed a longevity that was denied him in 1959. If you remember the golden age of rock 'n' roll, when Idoo-woos' and 'ah hey, ah hey, heys' rang out from every jukebox, if you weren't born yet, or were too young to be a part of this exciting period of musical history, then you won't want to miss out on the electrifying party that is Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story!

Buddy tells the story in words and music of the last few years of Buddy Holly's life. We see how he and his childhood high-school friends, The Crickets, turn country music upside down and create a unique style of sound which some called 'the devil's music'. We share Buddy's frustrations at Decca Records, his skill as a songwriter and composer when recording and experimenting with Norman Petty, the excitement he and America felt when “That'll Be The Day” went to #1, and his naive determination to be the first white act to play the Apollo Theatre, Harlem. And that's just the first act.

Later we meet Maria Elena, his future wife, and witness his whirlwind romance and marriage, see how he and The Crickets part ways and are taken on his ill-fated 'Winter Dance Party' Tour of 1959. Finally, we are the audience at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy's final performance with Ritchie Valens ("La Bamba") and the 'Big Bopper' J.P. Richardson ("Chantilly Lace") is recreated, and what in theatre must be one of the most exciting musical concerts of all-time!

Ticket prices:    £14.00 & £11.00c (Wed/Thurs only)
(Discount of £1.00/ticket for groups of 10 or more)

Box Office: 0870 777 7619

Performances start at 7:45pm

By arrangement with Alan Janes for Theatre Partners

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Written by Alan Janes & Rob Bettinson
Original Direction by Rob Bettinson

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.