Author: Alan Janes
Director: Debbie Keyt
Characters Summary: 7 F (18- 40) 12 M (22- 60)
Precast Characters: None
Audition Venue: Beaumaris Theatre 82 Wells Road Beaumaris
Theatre: Beaumaris Theatre- 82 Wells Road Beaumaris
Company Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Website: http://www.beaumaristheatre.com.au
Synopsis: Before the Beatles, before the Stones, Rock & Roll was born.
60 years ago, a young man from Lubbock, Texas, changed the face of popular music, only to die tragically in a plane crash aged just 22. Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show featuring such timeless hits as “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be the Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “True Love Ways”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Heartbeat”, and Raining In My Heart”.
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 devils 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 naïve 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 the audience experience being present at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy’s final performance with Ritchie Valens (“La Bamba”) and the ‘Big Boppa’ J.P. Richardson (“Chantilly Lace”) is recreated and what in theatre must be one of the most exciting musical concerts of all-time!
Buddy has been seen by over 22 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 the glasses whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period has enjoyed via the show, and longevity that was denied him in 1959.
Other Information: 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the untimely death of Buddy Holly and the 30th anniversary of Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story and we are very excited to be staging the electrifying party that is Buddy -The Buddy Holly Story.
Buddy is a ‘play with music’ rather than a traditional musical. A few roles are quite specific in requirements but the majority of roles can be modified according to the talents of our cast. We require energetic, charismatic performers who are able to sing or dance and/or have the ability to play a number of acting roles and/or musical instruments. While it is desirable that cast members possess some combination of these talents, it is not prohibitive in any sense if they don’t. The show can be built around the abilities and talents of those involved.