Visit the Edinburgh Playhouse to watch Buddy Holly the musical!
The Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. This summer the world famous ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ a juxebox musical visits the theatre on July 11 – 16. Serviced City Pads supply serviced apartment accommodation throughout Edinburgh, please contact the reservations team on 0844 335 8866.
Buddy Holly the musical was conceived by Londoner Laurie Mansfield, who pitched the idea to film producer Greg Smith and writer Alan Janes in 1988. Paul Elliot, a West End producer took on the project, and support from Paul McCartney ensured the show’s creation. Opening in 1989, the musical initially ran in London’s West End for over 12 years, and also a brief broadway production, with numerous subsequent tours and productions continuing to run around the world. Serviced City Pads.
Buddy Holly the musical in two acts with a book written in two acts with a book written by Alan Janes, and music and lyrics by a variety of songwriters. Based on the life and career of early rock and roller Buddy holly, the musical hews closer to Holly’s actual life story, the show mostly consists of songs of Holly and early other rockers. Serviced City Pads.
In Lubbock, Texas, 19 year old Buddy Holly is an up and coming country music singer. He and his two friends, Joe and Jerry want to experiment with the new and controversial style of music called rock n roll. They struggle for a time in Texas and then in Nashville, where producers want Buddy to record country and western music, ignoring Buddy’s pleas to ‘do it his way’. The escalating argument almost results in a fist fight between buddy and the Decca producer, thus ending Buddy’s Decca relationship. Hipockets Duncan, a local DJ and friend of Buddy’s, knowing that Buddy is frustrated, puts him in contact with an up and coming Producer who will let him play his music his way. Serviced City Pads.
A contract with pioneering record producer Norman Petty results in string of hits, including the 1957 hits ‘That’ll be the day’, and ‘Peggy Sue’. The group then appears at the Apollo theatre in Harlem where the theatre musicians were expecting a black group, resulting in The Crickters being the first white group to perform there, where they were enthusiastically received. Serviced City Pads.Following these successes, The Crickets begin to record in New York City, where Buddy meets and impulsively marries Puerto Rican record receptionist Maria Elena Santiago. After the break-up with The Cricketers, Buddy starts a solo career, leading to his hits being signed as one of the headliners on the 1959 ‘Winter Dance Party’. Fed up with the terrible weather and tired of travelling by tour bus, 22 year old Holly breaks a promise to his pregnant wife not to fly. Following a February 2, 1959 concerts depart on a small plane during a blizzard, a fateful decision that places them in musical history books in an unexpected and tragic way. Serviced City Pads.