BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

 

Pick Me Up’s production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – had audiences clapping, singing and dancing in the aisles as the energetic cast powered their way through the classic songs that have made the show such a massive hit.

 

Simon Radford – Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf in our 2014 production of Into The Woods – returned to give a truly stellar performance as Buddy Holly. One reviewer said “Simon oozes talent”, and the York Press said: “Simon Radford has the singing chops, the guitar playing, the Lubbock, Texas, accent and the combination of cheek, balls and uncompromising bullishness for the role of Buddy, his energy levels going up and up the more the show progresses.”

The show charts the story of the 18-month rise to fame of the rock and roll legend from his first hit with The Crickets, That’ll Be The Day, until his tragic death at the age of 22 on “the day the music died”.

 

It features Buddy’s greatest hits including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday, Oh Boy, Not Fade Away, Heartbeat, Rave On and Raining In My Heart.

Jess Gardham wowed audiences with a “stonking” version of Shout, George Wissen got everyone singing along in party mood with the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace, and Sam Hird as Ritchie Valens had eyes popping as he swivelled his hips through La Bamba.

 

Audiences roared their approval at the end for cast and band, led by music director Barbara Chan. 

 

August 5-12 2015

CREATIVES

Book by 

Alan Janes

 

Music by

Buddy Holly

 

Directed by

Robert Readman

 

Musical Director

Barbara Chan

 

Choreography

Claire Pulpher & The Girls

 

Lighting Design

Adam Moore

 

Sound Design

Ian Thomson

 

Hair and Make-Up

Sam Owen-Smith

CAST

Buddy 

Simon Radford

 

Cricket – Joe

Chris Mortimer

 

Cricket – Jerry

James Wood

 

Maria Elena

Steph Bolsher

 

Lead Hayrider, DJ KRWP,

DJ W WOL

Ryan Hirst

 

Hipockets, Clearlake MC 

Martyn Hunter

 

Radio Engineer, DJ KSP

Lewis Douglas

 

Cricket – Tommy

Sam Baxter

 

Vi Petty

Grace Winpenny

 

Norman Petty

Bryan Bounds

 

Apollo DJ, DJ WCLS

Conor Mellor

 

Ritchie Valens

Sam Hird

 

Decca Producer, Murray Deutch,

Jack Daw, British DJ, Clearlake MC

Craig Kirby

 

The Big Bopper

George Wissen

 

Marlena Madison

Jess Gardham

 

Mary Lou Sokolov, Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Hayley Bamford

 

Shirley, Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Claire Pulpher

 

Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Holly Surtees-Smith

 

Peggy Sue, Hayrider, Frigo Girl, Snowbird

Kelly Stocker

 

 

 

 

Keyboard

Barbara Chan

 

Guitar One

Neil Morgan

 

Guitar Two

Rhys Evans

 

Double Bass

Georgia Edwards

 

Drums

James Wood

 

Viola/Alto Saxophone

Jessica Douglas

 

Tenor Saxophone

Sam Johnson

 

 

BUDDY BAND