The Buddy Holly Story

3rd - 11th November 2006

Tom Mann Theatre


It's 1956 and the unsuspecting folk of Lubbock, Texas USA are about to be introduced to the sounds of rock 'n' roll care of one Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly.

We follow Buddy and his friends Joe Maudlin and Jerry Allison, who make up his band 'The Crickets', as they attempt to break out of the country scene and establish their own brand of music. After a false start with country label the boys sign up with innovative producer Norman Petty and their career takes off. A string of hits follows, both in the US and internationally.

Over the course of three years, Buddy records some 100 songs, having written most of them, becoming one of the most influential musicians of his generation.

On 3 February 1959, at about 1 o'clock in the morning, his life ends in a tragic plane crash. And the rest will just be rock 'n' roll...

Cast List

Buddy  Holly - Leon Spencer

Jerry Allison - Michael Cross

Joe B. Maudlin - Peter Northey

Maria Elena/Hayrider/Miss Lily/Mary Lou - Linda Hale

Big Bopper/Norman Petty - Peter Ross

Performer at Apollo - Lalita Ari

Hipockets Duncan/Jack Daw - Chris Thurgood

Jingle Singer/Candy/Snowbird - Nicole Taylor

Jingle Singer/Snowbird - Jennifer Lambeth

Jingle Singer/Snowbird - Felicia Harris

Ritchie Valens/DJ/Decca Producer - Will Thomas

Hayrider/Vi Petty - Wendy Johnson

DJ/MC at Clearlake/Dancer - Sean Marden

DJ/Murray Deutch - Mike Benstead

Hayrider/DJ/Back-up Singer - David Easton

Hayrider/Maria's Aunt/Dancer - Susie Easton

Shirley/Dancer - Michelle Lucas

Peggy Sue/Dancer - Hollie McLean

Production Team

Director - Alana Thompson

Musical Director - David Hines

Choreographer - Cameron Lewis