Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story: (AKA Living the Night that the Music Died)

Ogunquit Playhouse
Jason Pendergast

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story: (AKA Living the Night that the byJason Pendergast


  

The Ogunquit Playhouse ends its mammoth 80th year anniversary with a sentimental trip through the short but vibrant life of one of Rock and Roll’s legend of the 50’s.   Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story gives the audience the chance to watch his quick and sadly brief rise to stardom, going from singing at his hometown’s radio station to recording songs and doing concerts all across America and England.  In the span of about 3 years, this pioneer of Rock and Roll gave the world titles that are still famous today-  “Peggy Sue”, “That will be the Day”, and “Johnny B. Goode” have carried on in the tradition of their creator, letting future generations enjoy these classics.

            The young cast is energetic as if channeling the people that they inspire.  Kurt Jenkins is Buddy Holly- the moves, the music, the passion in everything he does.  His slightly nerdy charm is contagious.  (The scene where he stands up for wearing his signature eyeglasses is both touching and beautiful.  Here is a man who isn’t afraid to be himself.)  His inner strength and confidence also shows through in the scene where he meets his future wife, Maria Elena (played with the same sentimentality by Nikki Arnone).   The tenderness of their brief but genuine love affair is a nice counter-balance to the craziness of Buddy’s rock star show biz life.  Also fun are Jayson Elliot as contemporary singer the Big Bopper and Ryan Jagnu as the “libido on legs” Ritchie Valens.

            The music is infectious, the cast as passionate as you can imagine and the ending is both tragic and life affirming.  By the time the show ends, you feel like you too have a little piece of Buddy’s songs in your ears, his dancing steps in your walk and the message of his music in your heart.

            Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story is running now through October 21st at the Ogunquit Playhouse.  For tickets and showtimes, please check out Ogunquitplayhouse.org or call 207-646-5511

 

 

 



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Ogunquit Playhouse

10 Main Street
Ogunquit, ME 03907
207.646.5511

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story: (AKA Living the Night that the Music Died)
The Ogunquit Playhouse ends its mammoth 80th year anniversary with a sentimental trip through the short but vibrant life of one of Rock and Roll’s legend of the 50’s. Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story gives the audience the chance to watch his quick and sadly brief rise to stardom, going from singing at his hometown’s radio station to recording songs and doing concerts all across America and England... Read Jason's review... Visit The Ogunquit Playhouse for more info. Tix are selling fast. Order on-line

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