I was nostalgically transported back in time while attending Western Canada Theatre’s performance of Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story.
The musical play was performed by a super-talented cast of musicians/actors, who are no doubt among the top professionals in Canada.
This was a deeply engaging and enjoyable show.
Nathan Carroll (Buddy) performed 17 of Holly’s songs to perfection. Carroll was backed by a stage of some 13 talented musicians/actors.
I was also mesmerized by the solo performances of Hal Wesley (Tyrone Jones) singing Shout!, Sheldon Bergstrom (J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson) singing Chantilly Lace and Nick Fontaine (Ritchie Valens) singing La Bamba.
There wasn’t a slow moment in the show, which has a wonderful story line and music, music, music.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the deaths of Holly, Richardson and Ritchie Valens, who perished in a plane crash in Iowa. Feb. 3, 1959, has become known as “the day the music died.”
Holly has had a lasting impact on music history, with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame proclaiming “Rock 'n' Roll, as we know it today, wouldn’t exist without Buddy Holly.”
The play continues through Thursday. Go see it.