A touch of Broadway is coming to Harrington when “Buddy Holly: The Rockin’ 50s Show” headlines at the Harrington Hall on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.
Presented by Bill Culp Productions, this ensemble show features the amazing talents of Jeff Giles, best known for his starring role in “The Buddy Holly Story,” the official musical show of the legendary rock ’n’ roll pioneer who died in a tragic plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959. “The Buddy Holly Story” has thrilled audiences worldwide since 1989, including an acclaimed Broadway production and 12 consecutive years in London’s West End with numerous subsequent tours continuing to run around the world.
In Canada, Giles has starred as Buddy in Charlottetown, PEI, where he was also featured on CBC Television, and in Hamilton, where the show sold out the prestigious Theatre Aquarius for a month. Of his performance there, the Hamilton Spectator newspaper described Giles as “the sexiest Buddy Holly ever.”
“Buddy Holly: The Rockin’ 50s Show” will celebrate the music of Buddy Holly’s famous, final tour known as “The Winter Dance Party,” which debuted in January, 1959. The Oct. 12 show date in Harrington occurs more than 53 years after Buddy’s infamous plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, a clear indication of Buddy’s endearing popularity. In fact, the death of the trio was later immortalized in the famous Don McLean song “American Pie,” and is often referred to as “the day the music died.”
Songs performed by Giles in the show feature all of Buddy’s biggest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Rave On, It’s So Easy, Everyday Oh Boy!, Not Fade Away and True Love Ways amongst the audience favourites. As a special bonus, “Buddy Holly: The Rockin’ Dance Party” also features music from the other headlining acts on the “Winter Dance Party” tour including The Big Bopper (Chantilly Lace, Running Bear), Ritchie Valens (Oh Donna, La Bamba), plus Dion and the Belmonts (Why Must I Be a Teenager in Love) plus other memorable 1950s hits from Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins.
In concert, Giles truly captures the spirit of Buddy Holly in terms of his voice, look and on-stage charisma. “Buddy Holly: The Rockin’ 50s Show” is full of great music, interesting stories, lots of laughs and the audience is encouraged to join in on the fun throughout the show, which is suitable for all ages.
Tickets to see the world-class Jeff Giles in concert as Buddy Holly in Harrington are only $25, available by calling 519-475-0060 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.