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“Buddy Holly and Friends”

Pacific Repertory Theatre
Ranked #51 of 110 things to do in Carmel
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Owner description: Pacific Rep operates 4 historic theatres in Carmel - the Golden Bough and Circle Theatres, and the Forest Theater, which actually has two stages, outdoor and indoor. Everything from musicals and children's theatre, to Shakespeare and rock and roll! What a variety of offerings!
Marina, California
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Buddy Holly and Friends”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Normally I woudn't go to an off-Broadway production unless I knew someone in the production, but I was invited by a friend, and I was pleasantly surprised. The lead actor (Travis Poelle), who had played Buddy Holly in the West Coast production of "Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story" was spot-on in the title role. He looks like Buddy, and even sounds a little like him. Of course, he was 10 years younger in the original musical, but still has the youthful looks and plays guitar pretty well, too. This version is also directed by Stephen Moorer, so it has a similiar look and feel, but more music - in fact, almost nothing BUT music! Ritchie Valens is capably played by Davitt Felder, and The Big Bopper by... well, I have to check my program for that actor, but he was fun. And the PacRep band, led by Don Dalley, really rocked the house! I especially enjoyed the keyboards, ably played by Steve Tosh, who is no spring chicken - but there was plenty of spring in his fingers! Just go and close your eyes, sing along, and have a good time - and remember when lyrics and melody mattered in music!

Visited August 2013
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Rainier, Oregon
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817 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

The Pacific Rep is a true gem of the central California coast. They produce shows that are the equal of Broadway, with no funds, no support, and a cast of volunteers, staff, actors, and supporters that are unequalled! One has only to attend a performance of "Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story", to be transported back to the 1950's.

Visited June 2013
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small Old World Venue”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Love going to this tiny theatre to see up and coming actors and artists. Great prices and great talent!

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