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The Bradley Playhouse will present “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” starting April 21. Jeff Meyer (bass) stars as Joe B. Mauldin, Adam Landry (guitar) as Buddy Holly and Marc Poitras (drums) as Jerry Allison. Courtesy photo.
PUTNAM — The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut Bradley Playhouse will present “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, by Alan Janes. The celebration opens on April 21st and runs for three weekends.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5 and 6 and at 2 p.m. April 23, 30 and May 7. Tickets are $24 for adults and $21 for seniors and students.
Reservations may be made with a major credit card online at www.thebradleyplayhouse.org or by calling 860-928-7887.
The TNECT production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is directed by Carl Mercier and Seana Hendrickson. Marc Poitras is the music director and Keri Danner is choreographer. Buddy Holly is played by Adam Landry. The Crickets are Marc Poitras on drums and Jeff Meyer on bass. Larissa Bailey appears as Maria Elena, Buddy’s wife. Jonathan Demers plays the Big Bopper, Kyle Eldridge is Ritchie Valens and Dion is played by Andrew Carpentier. The cast is completed by an ensemble of talented musicians and singers.
Buddy tells the story of the tragically short life of Buddy Holly, who along with high school friends the Crickets, turned country music upside down to create some of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs ever written. Some even say that had he lived, Buddy would have surpassed Elvis. The play is the heart-warming tale of a small town All-American boy who experiences ups and downs as he strives to fulfill his desire to share his love for his music.
The show concludes with the ill-fated “Winter Dance Party” tour which includes the music of Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and Dion in what in theatre must be one of the most incredible musical concerts of all time. You’ll leave the theater singing all the classic songs, including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy” and “Everyday”.