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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is back at The New Theatre this week (Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 September), and we were lucky to review the opening night.

The story of Buddy Holly is very well known, and has been brought to life for the past 30 years on stage. The show has been highly successful, playing a record breaking 4,668 performances over 580 weeks on tour in the UK and Ireland.

Buddy follows the story of how the legendary rock star Buddy Holly rose to fame; from starting off as a country singer in his hometown of Texas, to his final ‘rock star’ performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The show also portrays Buddy’s personal life with his wife and how they met. Finally, as the show and time goes on, there is a tribute to Buddy Holly, who died in a tragic plane crash in 1959 after his performed at the Surf Ballroom with his fellow artists Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson (The Big Bopper).

This production is funny, fun-filled, energetic, and even though it is sad, it will still have you tapping your feet and hitting your legs in time with the beat of the music. It’s definitely not just a show for Buddy Holly fans, everyone can enjoy it.

The cast do a perfect job of portraying the story in an authentic way. All of the accents are beautifully done, and they manage to fully display their characters’ personalities, like Buddy’s romantic side,

A highlight of the show is the Apollo theatre scene and the Surf Ballroom. The energy the cast bring to the songs and performances is amazing. It makes you want to get up on stage with them!

When asked about the production, the writer and producer Alan Janes said “We are so excited to be back on tour and to see our audiences – aged 8 to 80 – dance in the aisles every night to our story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period, but whose music will be remembered forever.”

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Show is in Cardiff until tomorrow (Saturday 16 September), so make sure to get your ticket for this amazing, festive performance. Tickets are available by ringing 0343 310 0041 or by clicking here. Review by Sophie Platt

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