Preview: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Photo credit: Hamish Gill

On the back of an incredibly successful 30th year anniversary tour, smash hit rock & roll musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, visits Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 June.

Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the enduring story of the musical icon’s meteoric rise from his Southern rockabilly beginnings to international stardom and his legendary final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of just 22.

In 18 short months the bespectacled boy from Lubbock, Texas, revolutionised the face of contemporary music, and would influence everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.

Boasting a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians, Buddy presents 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, Everyday and Rave On.

With the Big Bopper’s, Chantilly Lace, and Ritchie Valens’, La Bamba, and rip-roaring versions of Shout and Johnny B. Goode completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment.

Since its inception, Buddy has inspired a generation of multi-million selling jukebox musicals – including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You – yet remains the true a musical phenomenon, seen by more than 22 million theatregoers since it opened in London’s West End in 1989.

Tickets for Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Tuesday20– Saturday 24June 2023) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

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