Review: Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story, Lyceum Theatre

Buddy, KJohnnyW Photography
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Taking us from his early beginnings as a country singer through to his fantastic rock and roll success and tragic end, Buddy is the bio-musical that has been pleasing audiences and spreading the story of Buddy Holly for the last 25 years.

Detailing his belief that Rock and Roll was the future of music, his struggle is made all the more poignant because of how quickly his genius and life was cut short.

Glen Joseph playing Buddy is the heart of the play. Indeed, this is one of those rare performances where without it you might as well not bother with the show at all. Take him away and you have very little to deal with.

Luckily, he drives this show with all the determination and charm that Buddy Holly himself must have had. It seems effortless but has undoubtedly taken thousands of hours of practice in order to create a performance that any audience would be grateful to see. He is funny, light, charming, but also a fantastic musician. Put those things together and it’s a performance that is very hard to resist.

Indeed the cast work incredibly hard in order to support a performer that has to carry this play pretty much on his own.

Luckily their efforts are not without rewards. The music is not only played well, but it is also used to compliment the story, so has an added impact. All of the audience were on their feet singing and dancing at the end of the play.

Yes, the end is inevitable, but it is dealt with in such a way as to allow Buddy and Richie Valens and the Big Bopper one final concert that had the audience singing, dancing and clapping in a way that Buddy Holly himself would have been proud of. If you can get a ticket then believe me you should.