Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Coming to Theatre Alliance

By Staff

gray smith - dancing lemur photography
gray smith – dancing lemur photography

The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day The Music Died”. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll Be The Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Everyday”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Rave On”, and “Raining In My Heart”, plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”.

The incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock & roll, continues to live on in Buddy.

Gray Smith is no stranger to Theatre Alliance patrons or to portraying real people. He says of this role, “I have portrayed Hank Williams and George Jones, which were challenging in their own respect. With Buddy Holly, though, comes an energy that exudes through his music. It is exciting music to sing every evening. I think the audience is really going to enjoy hearing the music as much as we do by performing it!”

Omar Sosa is newer to Theatre Alliance and playing a childhood favorite. “Being able to portray one of music’s greatest stars is truly an honor. Playing Ritchie Valens with this cast has been such a fun journey as our work is very detailed and stays true to the lives of the celebrities we are interpreting. I grew up listening to ‘La Bamba’ along with some of Ritchie’s other tunes, so being able to bring this role to life and pay homage to him means very much to me, and I hope that the audience enjoys our portrayal and hard work.”

Says Artistic Director Jamie Lawson, “I dare you to leave the theater without humming ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘Oh, Boy!’, or ‘Everyday’! Buddy Holly’s music is infectious (‘Words of Love’ is one of my personal favorites), and it’s the best medicine to cure what ails you. The party will be happening at Theatre Alliance, and we hope you can all make it!”

The Theatre Alliance production is directed by Jamie Lawson and musically directed by Tommy Jackson. The title role will be played by Gray Smith, seen starring in this season’s THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL, and the cast also features Omar Sosa as Ritchie Valens and Tim Swift as The Big Bopper.

Buddy is sponsored by S & L Painting and Decorating, Inc.

Performance Dates:
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8pm
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8pm
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2pm

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8pm
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8pm
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2pm
Tickets to Buddy may be purchased in person at the Theatre Alliance Box Office (Fridays from 12:30-3:00pm), online HERE or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800/838-3006. Please call Theatre Alliance at 336/723-7777 with any questions about this or future shows.