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!
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