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REVIEW: Buddy - Lighthouse, Poole

By mbarber  |  Posted: November 20, 2013

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IN just 15 months, Buddy Holly produced an incredible 10 hits.

His amazing legacy influenced the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and his music lives on 54 years after he lost his life in a plane crash.

You can have the unique experience of seeing and enjoying his music in Poole this week with the hit musical The Buddy Holly Story which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

All ages were in the audience on Tuesday - with just a small minority being old enough to remember the period between 1957 and 1959 when Buddy persuaded audiences that rock’n’roll was here to stay.

In the first half we learn how he first came to the notice of American record producers and the public, who, like Elvis, imagined that such a voice and musical interpretation came from a black man.

In the second half the audience feels they are in the audience of his last concert when Buddy shared the stage with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, who also died in the crash.

The compere of the show even has the audience imagining they come from different US States!

The role of Buddy is shared by Glen Joseph and Roger Rowley and on Tuesday it was the turn of the latter who not only looks like Buddy, he masters that unique voice - and boy can he move!

Close your eyes and you’re listening to a recording of Rave On, True Love Ways or Heartbeat.

With 12 members of the cast, several of who double up on roles, it would be unfair to highlight some and not others, because they are all just so good.

This is a top West End standard show and although there is clearly a sad end to Buddy’s story, if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket you won’t go away with a tear in your eye. You’ll be singing all the way home.


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