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The Buddy Holly Story

by Donna Rhodes

The timeless tunes of Buddy Holly set the pace for a glorious summer season of musicals at Highlands Playhouse.

Buddy Holly’s back!

With timeless rock music and high-energy movement, we’re willing to bet you’ll leave the theater wonderfully wound-up with a headful of Buddy. Way down the road, “Oh, Boy” and “Peggy Sue” will still be charging your happy battery. In your car, in the shower, maybe even in church, you’ll bust out singing a Buddy fave and, without thinking about it, buy a pair of black-rimmed glasses and an electric guitar.

Well, maybe you won’t go that far, but that Holly spirit will still be moving ‘ya for weeks to come. It’s just that good!

“The Buddy Holly Story” is the first of three fabulous musicals offered this season. The other two – “Oklahoma!” and “Always, Patsy Cline.” It’s a feel-good, toe-tapping, heart-warming summer at the Playhouse, and “Buddy Holly” will launch it all June 20.

“The Highlands Playhouse has built a reputation on delivering high-quality entertainment featuring some of the next generation of American theatre stars,” says Artistic Director Bill Patti. “Over the past nine years, our cast members, directors, choreographers, and designers have gone on to careers on Broadway, in National Tours, and at the major regional theaters across America. We are bringing talent to Highlands that would cost double or triple to see at ‘major’ theaters across the country.”

Talking “Buddy,” Managing Director Lance Matzke adds “Buddy Holly casts a long shadow in the pantheon of Rock-n-Roll. Along with Chuck Berry, Buddy was creating the blueprint for guitar-driven rock music before the Beatles and The Stones. I mean, look at young Elvis Costello! He was Buddy to a ‘T.’ I can’t wait to see this production come to life.”

And if you can’t wait either, hurry and reserve your tickets. This performance will sell-out quickly, so don’t miss a beat.

Contact the Playhouse at (828) 526-2695 or visit highlandsplayhouse.org for more information.