Landmark musical to return to the Belgrade

Dean Elliott as Buddy Holly
Dean Elliott as Buddy Holly

A true musical phenomenon comes to Coventry next week when Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story takes to the Belgrade Theatre stage.

The show has inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals, including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You and has been seen by over 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989.

Buddy tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his death at the age of 22. In 18 months the Texas-born musician revolutionised the face of contemporary music, influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

The cast present two hours of music with more than 20 of his greatest hits, including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.

Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, said of the show: “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later.

“I believe this is testament to a great show and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents – a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”

Writer and producer Alan Janes said: “Audiences aged eight to 80 dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.

The show runs from Wednesday October 12 to Saturday October 15. Call 024 7655 3055 to book.