Back by popular demand, “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” will play at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining – America’s longest running professional dinner theater. Jacksonville will have another chance to learn about, and celebrate the life of the young man who met an untimely death in 1959 that changed music forever.
Critically acclaimed and a winner of the Tony® Award for Best Musical, “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including: “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby”, “Raining In My Heart”; Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”; and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”
More than 20 million people in 20 countries have seen Buddy, in which the magical talents of Buddy Holly have been shared live with many more people than the real Buddy Holly ever had the chance to perform to. An all-ages show, the incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock ‘n’ roll, continues to live on in Buddy.
“We typically don’t repeat shows this soon, but, honestly, not a week has gone by since 2012 in which someone hasn’t asked me when Buddy Holly is coming back. My goal is always to give our audience what they want, and they want the fun, drama and music of Buddy Holly.” – Craig Smith, Alhambra Managing Partner
About the Show: After an inauspicious start at Decca Records in Nashville, Buddy and the Crickets sign a contract with up-and-coming innovative record producer, Norman Petty. Within hours of meeting they start to record Buddy’s biggest hit “That’ll Be The Day” which will rocket up the charts to number one in a matter of weeks. Buddy Holly & the Crickets suddenly become the hottest act in the country. The Crickets travel to New York, where Buddy meets and — after a courtship, which takes all of five hours — proposes to Maria Elena Santiago, the receptionist of his music publisher. Newly married and ambitious, Buddy completely shifts his focus to New York and an inevitable rift develops between him and the Crickets. The band split and Buddy unexpectedly finds himself having to pursue a solo career. The ‘Winter Dance Party 1959’ is a tour that travels by bus through the Midwest, quenching the teenage thirst for the new music called Rock & Roll. Here, Buddy’s final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, with Ritchie Valens (“La Bamba”) and the ‘Big Bopper’ J.P. Richardson (“Chantilly Lace”) is recreated. After the concert, Buddy breaks his promise to his pregnant wife not to fly as he and the other two headliners board a small plane and fly off into the night for Moorhead only to crash into a ploughed field shortly after take-off. There were no survivors.
The tragedy snatched away the lives of three of the world’s most dynamic musical talents – Buddy Holly (23), Ritchie Valens (18) and the Big Bopper (29).
Creative Director and Producer Tod Booth said, “Buddy Holly’s brief life has become the stuff of legend. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a celebration of that legend and catches that unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charm that was Buddy Holly and wraps it up into a an energetic musical package. As the LA Times said in its review, this show really puts the rock into rock and roll! We fully expect dancing in the aisles.”
“Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”
Dates: Dec. 30, 2014 – Feb. 3, 2015
Special: New Year’s Eve Party: Dec. 31, 2014
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturdays are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.
Dress: “Gala Night”, New Year’s Eve is “Formal/Dressy”. All other shows could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.
Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets start at $38.00 adults & $35.00 children. Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking. Group sales of 20 + are available upon request. Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.
Location: Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32246