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Metropolis Performing Arts Centre has announced the cast and design team for “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”
Directed by Executive Artistic Director Joe Keefe, the cast includes Travis Shanahan as Buddy Holly, and Roy Brown, Jack Morsovillo, and Kelan M. Smith as The Crickets. Other cast members include Jordan Burns, Ross Childs, Luis David Cortes, Gabriel Fries, Nicole Frydman, Jessica Miret Garcia, David Gordon-Johnson, Sara Haverty, Bre Jacobs, Brian Kulaga, Rachel Livingston, Austin Nelson, Jr., Lauren Romano, Josh Pablo Szabo, and Jasmine Lacy Young. Understudies include Nate Smith.
The production team includes Associate Direct by Robin M. Hughes, Music Direct by Kenneth McMullens, Choreography by Allyssa O’Donnell. Designers are Will Coeur (Lighting/Video Designer), Eric Luchen (Scenic Designer), David Moreland (Technical Director), Rachel S. Parent (Costume Designer), Finlay Ross (Sound Designer), and Bob Silton (Properties Designer). Metropolis Production Manager is William A. Franz, Assistant Production Manager is Sarah Elizabeth Buto.
Buddy tells the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day the Music Died.” This rocking musical features several of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away,” “Raining on my Heart,” and many more. Also featuring memorable hits from other stars of the era, including Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” The incredible but all-too-brief legacy of the young Texan with glasses, whose musical influence revolutionized the golden days of Rock & Roll, continues to live on in Buddy.
“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” runs July 25 – August 24. For more information visit MetropolisArts.com.