Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

This immensely popular musical has been seen by over 22 million fans its first performance in 1989

Buddy Holly made an indelible impact on the future of rock ‘n’ roll during his too-short life and astounding musical output in just eighteen months. In his 2017 Nobel Literary Prize acceptance speech, Bob Dylan gave credit to Buddy Holly for inspiring him as a young teenager to pursue a career in music.

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly’s music made a lasting impact on rock ‘n’ roll music that continues to this day

When Buddy Holly and The Crickets toured England in March of 1958, teenagers Paul McCartney and John Lennon were in the audience. They would later name their group The Beatles as a take-off on The Crickets. Their recording of Holly’s Words Of Love was an exact replica of Buddy’s recording. The Rolling Stones covered Not Fade Away and The Hollies named themselves in homage to Buddy Holly.

Following exceptionally successful tours in 2015 and 2016, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, the show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, and We Will Rock You, is coming to Montreal.

With more than 22 million music fans having lived the experience since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy speaks an international language, and continues to thrill rockin’ audiences from 8 to 80 the world over. Both publicly and critically acclaimed, Buddy tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22.

In 18 short months, the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. Boasting a phenomenally multi-talented cast, together they present two terrific hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.

“The audience is elevated to joyful chaos”

Clive Barnes, New York Post

Buddy Holly

Michael Perrie Jr as Buddy Holly

With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical lineup, Buddy is an evening of feel good family entertainment. Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says of the show: “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in and week-out over 25 years later. I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”

Writer/Producer Alan Janes says “Audiences dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.

Buddy will be at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier for a matinee performance on Sunday, November 26. Tickets are now on sale for $89.50, $79.50, $69.50, $59.50 (taxes included / service charge extra) at Place des Arts, (514) 842-2112, and online: www.placedesarts.com

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