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Casting announced for Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

Posted on 19 June 2019

Smash hit rock & roll musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has announced its new cast for its forthcoming 30th anniversary tour, which heads to the Belgrade Theatre 7-9 November.

Tom Berkeley and AJ Jenks (who made his professional debut at the Belgrade Theatre) will alternate in the role of Buddy, supported by a multi-talented group of actor-instrumentalists, including Jordan Alexander, Miguel Angel, Joshua Barton, Harry Boyd, Joe Butcher, Cartier Fraser, Josh Haberfield, Rhiannon Hopkins, Sasha Latoya, Hannah Price and Ben Pryer. Together they will present a sensational two hours of live musical theatre (“an unashamed, rabble-rousing fiesta” – The Sunday Times), featuring over 20 of iconic rocker Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, including such timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.

Through its phenomenal run of productions and performances across five continents, Buddy has become known as the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical. It tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame through to his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In just 18 months, the bespectacled young man from Lubbock, Texas, revolutionized the face of popular music, influencing everyone from Bob Dylan and The Beatles to Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. Audiences will be taken on a journey through Buddy’s short yet spectacular career, and with the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not-to-be-missed evening of family entertainment.

Buddy casting

Writer and Producer Alan Janes said: “We can’t wait to get back on the road for this special 30th anniversary UK tour of Buddy, with a new cast of hugely talented actors and musicians, who will be aiming to give audiences an unforgettable night at the theatre.”

Since opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth in August 1989, Buddy has enjoyed extraordinary success, having played a record- breaking 4,450 performances over 556 weeks on tour in the UK and Ireland, as well as 5,822 performances over 728 weeks in London’s West End, winning numerous awards along the way. 2019 sees Buddy joining a small – but lauded – number of iconic musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Miss Saigon, Evita and Cats in reaching a remarkable three decades on stage.

Seen by over 22 million music fans since it first opened in London’s West End, Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from ages 8 to 80 rockin’ in the aisles across the globe!

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story shows at the Belgrade Theatre 7-9 November. Tickets are available to book now.