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Posted: 08/28/13

Buddy<The Buddy Holly Story is one of four Broadway musicals to hit the stage at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are slated for Sept. 20 and 21.

(Photo courtesy of Johan Persson)

Buddy Holly story on
stage at MCPA in Sept.

      In just three short years, Buddy Holly set the music world on fire, breaking the mold and forever changing the face and sound of rock 'n' roll. Broadway's Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story charts his meteoric climb, legendary adventures and tragic fall on the fateful day the music died.
       The Buddy Holly Story will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.
       Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is the first of four Broadway musicals at the Macomb Center this season. The others include: Godspell, The Addams Family Musical and Memphis the Musical, winner of the 2010 Tony® Award for best music.
       Broadway packages are still available for $228 for gold circle seats and $208 for house seats. Individual tickets are $65 gold circle, and $60 house (seniors 55+, students and military save $5 per ticket).
       The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. Tickets and additional information, including a complete season schedule, are available online at or by calling (586) 286-2222.
       Armed with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, his signature specs and a charismatic blend of rockabilly swagger, Buddy explodes onto the stage in a jukebox musical fully loaded with classics "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," "That'll Be the Day," "Well All Right," "Not Fade Away" and many more.
       Buddy<The Buddy Holly Story is a musical celebration of the legendary singer/songwriter Buddy Holly, who shot to stardom in 1957, only to die in a plane crash two years later alongside 17-year-old Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson<"the Big Bopper." 
       Although Holly's time in the spotlight was fleeting, more than half a century later he continues to be one of the most influential artists in the history of rock `n' roll. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles are just some of the musicians who have acknowledged the impact Holly had on their careers.
       "Buddy Holly was one of the creators of rock `n' roll," says Shelby Morrison, exhibition coordinator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "Along with other early rockers, he not only paved the road for future and contemporary artists, but bulldozed and jack-hammered the road. His music inspired artists who came after him, and we still hear echoes of Holly on the radio today."
       One of the first jukebox musicals, The Buddy Holly Story brings this legendary performer to life. A show for the entire family, it has been seen by millions of fans in 15 countries around the world, including the United States. The score includes over 20 of rock `n' roll's greatest hits by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and more.
       The Boston Globe wrote: "The Buddy Holly Story will send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high."

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