Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Reviews
Description:Strand Theatre, Aldwych, WC2. Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 8800. Nearest tube: Charing Cross (tube/rail).
Newest Review: ... It's not used to tell it. Firstly, who do you get to play Buddy? He had such a distinctive sound, the actor has to be able to do that little thing he does with his voice. (ok, thing for want of a better word, but anyone who knows Buddy holly or has seen this will know what I'm talking about!) Now worries this is cast superbly. I've seen the film and the show with two different Buddys all ... more
Customer Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Reviews (8)
by - written on 23/11/08 (Very useful, 96 readings)
There has been a real trend with musicals recently in using a performer or band's music and adapting it to a musical, namely 'We Will rock You', 'Mamma Mia' and 'Tonight's The Night'. Buddy is the original of these types of musical but there's no story made up here, this is the story of Buddy Holly's life. The music just works alongside the story perfectly, It's not used to tell it. Firstly, who do you get to play Buddy? He had such a distinctive sound, the actor has to be able to do that little thing he does with his voice. (ok, thing for want of a better word, but anyone who knows Buddy holly or has seen this will know what I'm talking about!) ... Read the complete review
by - written on 18/11/08 (Very useful, 243 readings)
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is a musical about the life of the pop musician, Buddy Holly. The biographical detail is fairly minimal, being instead a showcase of Holly's music. In a nutshell, the story begins in 1955 with a 19 year old Buddy starting out on a successful career as a Country and Western musician. He has his own ideas about the path his career should take, favouring the racier Rock and Roll that is beginning to emerge. Feeling unsupported by his record label, Holly signs a contract with another. From this point, exciting and original hits like 'Peggy Sue' are written and recorded. Buddy Holly and the Crickets become a phenomenon ... Read the complete review
by - written on 14/10/08 (Useful, 30 readings)
I booked my ticket, at a bargain price. So I was already happy to see buddy. It is based at the duchess theatre, near charing cross.The story goes from when buddy first started out to his untimely death in a plane crash with the big bopper who's hits included chantilly lace. and richie valens who is well know for his hit la Bamba. The actors in the performance were excellent, they made the whole story come to life and the vocals were brilliant. It got the whole of the theatre bopping, bringing a vibrant atmosphere in the theatre. It was amazing how the actor who played buddy sang the songs all the way through the performance so brilliantly. Some of the songs that are ... Read the complete review
by - written on 04/05/01, updated on 04/05/01 (Useful, 207 readings)
I took my dad to see this and it was excellent. You just could NOT stop your feet from tapping or your whole body just wanting to get up and dance. People were dancing in the aisles, really. This is just such an energetic show - the cast put heart and soul into it, and you really get to feel as though you are there witnessing Buddy Holly's life. You begin to see him less as a rock star who died in the fifties (although that was a big part of his life) but you get to understand some of the real person too. If you have teens who you want to get into liking musicals - this could be the one for you to take them to. Everything about it is excellent ... Read the complete review
by - written on 17/07/00, updated on 17/07/00 (Very useful, 85 readings)
One of the less well known London shows, Buddy is still a great night out. Featuring many of Buddy Holly's hits, it is bound to get you dancing in the aisles. The story of Buddy Holly itself is not particularly interesting - it is certainly the music and audience participation which creates a brilliant atmosphere in the theatre which sends you home with a real 'feel good factor.' This show is relatively easy to get tickets for,though you will still probably have to book in advance. ... Read the complete review
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