Reviewed by Amanda Browne
On a cold windy Monday night, we braved the elements to attend the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, Bedfordshire to the musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, as part of its landmark 30th Anniversary Tour. This theatre is in the centre of Dunstable with good surrounding parking and a local Wetherspoon’s for a quick pre-show drink.
It’s was a shame to see that opening not a sell-out audience but none the less, everyone eagerly awaited the start of the show. Who doesn’t know the Buddy Holly Story? Such a tragic tale, just 22 years old when he was suddenly taken from the music world.
The show dives right in and from the top you are tapping your toes and clapping along to those tunes that may be old, but hey they sure don’t make them like that any more. You are immersed back in time with all those great great tunes that if you’re my age, you grew up listening to and watching your mum and dad jive the night away to. This is the 30th Anniversary Tour and boy oh boy does it do the story justice. When they said Buddy died in February 1959, I was taken aback, that’s some 60 years ago, now did that happen, these still seem like household names.
The story travels from early on in Buddy’s short career through to his last performance before the fated flight, with the Big Bopper and Richie Valens. You are treated to a whole host of hits, all those favourites that you love to sing along to, including That’ll be the Day, Raining in my Heart, Everyday and of course everyone’s favourite Peggy Sue. The cast are all super amazing and were word perfect for the whole show.
I felt like I was there, in the moment, living the dream with them all. All the vocals were outstanding and at times you could almost think you were there back in the 50’s where it all started. I’ve always been drawn to the music of that era and the story of that fateful flight told many times in many different ways never fails to move me. These young talented men bought down in the prime of their fame, with such huge musical talent it is nothing short of tragic. Shows like The Buddy Holly Story are a celebration of not just their music but their lives. We should continue to remember and sing their tunes; I don’t think we will see the like ever again.
Please please go see this amazing show, from start to finish you won’t be disappointed, the story if good, funny and engaging. The cast are talented and cannot just sing but play the saxophone amongst other instruments. All singing all dancing, what more could you want on a cold January night, they are well worth the ticket price, they are performing in Dunstable until this Saturday, book a seat now!
Tickets cost from £25 to £35 (booking fees may apply).
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable from 20-25 January 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01582 602080.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080