The Buddy Holly Story – Review from Bridlington Spa

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By Nielsen Forsberg

This was my first time seeing the Buddy Holly Show. I’d heard about it before, how it’s a really good night and that it did really well in London’s West End, so I was quite excited to see if it lived up to my expectations.

I’m a bit of a fan of Buddy Holly, having a coupe of his group’s CDs, so when the opportunity came up to see the show on it’s visit to Bridlington Spa this week, I couldn’t say no.

The Show was about the life of Buddy Holly, covering his starting early years to his massive global success through to his tragic, untimely death at the age of just 22.

I thought it was very well executed and was a faithful account of his life and music. The show started gently with the story of how the band and Buddy got a recording contract and released their first single. The sets were good to see and helped to create the atmosphere. Also, the support actors gave you a real flavour of America’s deep south, Texern, Southern drawl accent of where the story starts off.

My favourite part of the show was when the Big Bopper and Richie Valens joined Buddy on stage in the second half. The interaction between them all was a piece of Rock ‘n’ Roll magic!

The Big Bopper’s dress was also a huge standout for me. His drape, gold jacket, drain pipe trousers, crepe soled shoes with a gold telephone handle in his pocket and belting out “chantilly lace”. It was a real treat!

The show is a real, feel-good night with some clever movement of props and equipment all on wheels, costumes, glitter ball and the stage curtains create the atmosphere of the fifties & sixties. The evening ended with a standing ovation from the crowd who had been well and truly “rocked ‘n’ rolled”.

The tour isn’t here for long so go and see it while it’s here. Shows are on every evening until Saturday and tickets can be booked at bridspa.com

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