Beyond the Stage: BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

February 18, 2020
Natalie Hulla

If the electrifying musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story left you feeling inspired, nostalgic or excited — or all three — see how you can stay engaged in the world of 1950s rock and roll!

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The cast of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Watch Broadcast Performances

Buddy Holly & the Crickets Perform “Peggy Sue” at the Arthur Murray Dance Party – 1957

 

Buddy Holly & the Crickets Perform “Oh, Boy” on The Ed Sullivan Show – 1958

The Big Bopper Performs “Chantilly Lace” on The Dick Clark Show – 1958

Ritchie Valens Performs “Ooh My Head” in the Film Go, Johnny, Go! – 1959

 

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Spiff Wiegand and Byron St. Cyr with Ryan Jagru in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Visit a Local Record Store

Shake It Records
4156 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Shake It Records originally started in 1978 as an independent record label and has grown into a now iconic music store in Northside. They carry over 25,000 titles on vinyl and 15,000 CDs, along with thousands of books and hundreds of magazines. They specialize in independent labels across the musical spectrum.

Plaid Room Records
122 West Loveland Ave., Loveland, OH | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

The Loveland-based Plaid Room Records is a new and used record store, live music venue, analog studio and home to soul funk label Colemine Records. From classics to contemporary and everything in between, they have over 20,000 new and used records in their store.

Torn Light Records
356 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, OH | Website | Instagram

Located in Clifton, Torn Light Records is a new and used record shop which buys and sells vinyl, tapes, CDs, books and movies. Their range of musical collections and genres includes jazz, soul, experimental, punk and metal.

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Shayna Nicole Small in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Musical Events Around Town

American Originals: The Cincinnati Sound
March 7 – 8 | Music Hall | Cost: $25+

Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell and former Late Show with David Letterman band director Paul Shaffer co-host a celebration of musical styles and musicians (like James Brown, the Isley Brothers, Hank Williams, Mamie Smith and the Stanley Brothers) who recorded at Cincinnati landmarks King Records and Herzog studios.

Hits and Oldies Dinner & Show!
Feb. 29 | College Hill Community Center | Cost: $16 – 30

Old School Music Events hosts an evening of good food and classic music, with performances of popular 1950s and ‘60s music by entertainers and musicians from around the country.

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Jayson Elliott with Spiff Wiegand and Ryan Jagru in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Feature Articles

Rolling Stone: “Buddy Holly’s Texas”
Excerpt: “A look at the Texas of the Fifties and the musicians who were shaped by it.”

The Independent: “Why Buddy Holly Still Matters”
Excerpt: “How is it that a bespectacled youth from Texas, who died aged 22 in a plane crash, is still revered 50 years on?”

NPR: “They Loved You, Peggy Sue: Behind the Name Fused to Rock History”
Excerpt: “Hers once was the most famous name in rock and roll, as synonymous with the sound as jukeboxes, malt shops and poodle skirts.”

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The cast of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Spotify Playlists

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Stay in the groove of the stage musical by rocking out to the Original London Cast Recording.

Rave On Buddy Holly
Listen to the iconic music in a whole new way with these reimagined covers by contemporary artists like Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine and The Black Keys.


To learn more about the Playhouse’s production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, visit our production detail page.

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