BUDDY HOLLY EXPLODES WITH DOO-WOP JOY AT IVORYTON
BONNIE GOLDBERG

Forget Halley’s Comet.  When you think about meteors and explosions in the sky, look no further than the rocket ship career of Buddy Holly.  This hometown country boy from Lubbock, Texas wanted to sing and country western just didn’t do it for him.  He wanted to perform that new, wild and untamed rock ‘n’ roll and he was far sighted enough and stubborn enough to ignore the naysayers and shoot for his dream.

Until Sunday, August 1, the Ivoryton Playhouse will be letting Buddy have his way with his electric guitar as “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” takes us back in time to the beginning, the middle and the end of his eighteen month blockbuster career.

Gregg Hammer is the self-assured, energetic and powerful master of the music who brings this bittersweet tale to rock ‘n’ rolling robust and rollicking life in 1957-1959.  Holly and his initial group The Crickets roar out of the starting gate with such hits as “Peggy Sue,” “Rave On,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Maybe Baby” and “Oh, Boy,” as if they know their time in fame’s circle of light will be all too brief.

The story begins with the first buds of talent and travels across record labels and across the country, as he achieves meteoric success, pausing at his amazing gig at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, his instantaneous love for Maria Elena (Samantha Joy Pearlman) to his final concert in Clear Lake, Iowa with the Big Bopper (Robert Schultz, Jr) and Richie Valens (Khaalid Rivera).  His fellow Cricket musicians (Daniel Orion Glynn and John Rochette) help bring this incredible era to life.

The visit to the Apollo is made more memorable by the performances of Antoine L. Smith and Patryce Williams. Jacqueline Hubbard directs this enthusiastic tribute to one of our  golden boys in this musical penned by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson.

For tickets ($38, seniors $33, students $20, children $15), call the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or go online to www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.  Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Don’t let the summer fly by without an infusion of pure joy from the Doctor of Doo-Wop himself, Buddy Holly.

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