Florida Repertory Theatre’s 2021-2022 Season continues with the rock ‘n’ roll sensation, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story by Alan Janes.
The musical tells the story of Buddy’s rise to stardom and how he transformed popular music almost overnight, and plays in the Historic Arcade Theatre now through April 24. Originally scheduled to play through April 13, the run has been extended to April 24.
Sixty years ago, a young man with thick black glasses changed the face of popular music. “The Buddy Holly Story” tells the story of the three years when Buddy became the world’s top recording artist and a musical legend! The musical follows Buddy’s meteoric rise from country star to a pioneer of early rock ‘n’ roll. In just a few short years in the 1950’s, Buddy’s music revolutionized the industry, this musical takes audiences along for the ride – with all of Buddy’s hits along the way like “Everyday,” “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day” and so many more.
The ensemble cast all plays multiple roles and multiple instruments – and they are all making their Florida Rep debuts, though many are “Buddy” veterans.
The cast includes Noah Berry, Matt Cusack, Armando Gutierrez, Merritt David Janes, Samantha Sayah, Veronica Stern, Garrick Vaughan, and Michael Perrie, Jr. as Buddy Holly.
Ensemble member and associate artistic director Jason Parrish (Let’s Fall in Love) directs the production and is joined by an expert creative team including musical director Matt Cusack (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors), choreographer Amy Marie McCleary (resident director/choreographer at Broadway Palm), set designer Bert Scott (A Doll’s House, Part 2), costume designer Stefanie Genda (Million Dollar Quartet), lighting designer Julie Duro (Million Dollar Quartet), sound designer Adam Trummel (Driving Miss Daisy), stage manager Ruth Kramer (Alabaster) and assistant stage manager Sarah Goshman (Florida Rep debut).
Tickets start at $59/$55 for regular performances and are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488. Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Florida Rep’s parking lot opens two hours before each performance and offers guests free parking across the street from the Arcade Theatre.