When Buddy Holly died in a tragic plane accident on February 3, 1959, it was the day the music died. Then. Fortunately for us, Buddy Holly’s music has been revived in a fun musical that is dubbed “The world’s most successful rock n’ roll musical.” Oh, and it’s been “viewed by over 20 million people in over 17,000 performances worldwide.”
Many of the people in the opening night audience of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story playing at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver (Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage) were too young to have heard Buddy Holly live, but they were just as enthusiastic as the generation who were teenagers during his year and a half whirlwind of a career.
Then there was Red Robinson, a local DJ who is credited as the first to play rock n’ roll music regularly in Canada. He attended opening night and sat quietly soaking up the energy that the cast radiated from the stage and was clearly caught up in the fervor of the show. Clips from his shows were used within the production, much to the delight of the audience.
From the opening note, the cast, led by West Coast-native Zachary Stevenson, propels onto the stage with rocket-like enthusiasm. The audience becomes part of the crowd in whatever city the band is playing in.
Zachary Stevenson shines most brightly as Buddy Holly, whose voice brings back memories from the 50s for those who remember the launch of rock n’ roll.
Downtown Vancouver Hotels
Partnering with the Arts Club Theatre Company, the Sandman Suites Vancouver (1160 Davie Street, 604-681-7263 or 1-800-726-3626) offers a hotel and theatre package (including two tickets). Most suites (one bedrooms with full kitchens and balconies) average $170 plus taxes for the package and can be booked whenever an Arts Club Theatre Company show is playing.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
- Dates: May 13 – July 11, 2010
- Arts Club Theatre Company- Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
- 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver V6H 3J3
- Buy Tickets: (604) 687-1644