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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
BUDDY
at the Duchess Theatre, London

ROCK AND ROLL
By Roger B. Harris
Published May 3 2007

  Dean Elliott and Matthew Wycliffe

Twenty-eight years after it first premiered in London and five years after it took its final leave of said venue, Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story, will be back in the West End. It'll play the Duchess Theatre, starting August 3.

This is the third time Buddy has appeared in the West End. It opened at the Victoria Palace in 1989. It also played the Strand(now the Novello). According to reports, the show will be an augmented version of the current show touring the U.K.. Dean Elliott and Matthew Wycliffe,who share the role of Buddy in the touring version, are likely to be featured in the London one.

The show, written by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson, details the three dynamic years in Holly's career, when he wrote such hits as "That'll Be the Day," "Oh Boy," "Raining in My Heart" and Blue Suede Shoes--nah, he didn't write that one, I was just testing to see if you were paying attention. But, he did write the mega-hit, "Peggy Sue."--as in 'I Love You Peggy Sue.' And the show finishes up with Holly, performing with Ritchie Valens and The Big Booper, at Iowa's Surf Ballroom. Then the three got into a small plane...and the rest is history. A history(as portrayed in Buddy) that has been followed over the years by more than 20 million theatregoers in over 16,000 performances worldwide.

 


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