Buddy Holly Musical Returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: Tim Matheson courtesy of Arts Club Theatre

The world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical is back in Vancouver. But is it still worth seeing?

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story starring Vancouver Island native Zachary Stevenson (a dead ringer for Holly – physically and vocally) is at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage through Aug. 26.  This is a homecoming of sorts for the production, which had a very successful run in 2010.

The musical traces the meteoric ascent of Buddy Holly from goofy 19-year-old in glasses in Lubbock, Texas to global rockstar and heartthrob (albeit still in glasses).  It’s creatively narrated by a series of old-time radio DJs, who keep us up to speed on the ups and downs of Holly’s brief but tumultuous career.

While the story of Holly’s life and untimely death is well worn, Alan Janes ’1989 musical – which has played on Broadway and throughout the world – still entertains.  For starters, the tunes are catchy.  Continue reading:
Buddy Holly Musical Returns to Vancouver