Texas Family Musicals, Inc. has been presenting “The Night the Music Died” since 2005. It was co-written by Mike Skiles and Kevin Kratzke, who has played Buddy Holly in every performance. This show will take you back to February 2, 1959, when these legends of rock and roll performed their last concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Their tour across the nation was named the “Winter Dance Party”. During this tour the group encountered many obstacles, mostly caused by the subzero temperatures. These adversities did not put a damper on the performance this night.
During tonight’s show Buddy mentioned the cold weather several times. Those who remembered what happened knew that this was a precursor for what was to happen later that evening. The audience tonight was a high energy and enthusiastic crowd. They came to see a great show and the cast delivered just that. Even after an extremely active show they came out to the audience and danced a couple of numbers. The crowd joined in by jumping out of their seats and joining the dancing in the aisles. At one point someone shouted “Encore” after a great musical number. Everyone in this cast is extremely musically talented, it was wonderful to see each of them perform a solo number whether it was in song or with an instrument. Each actor genuinely honored the character they were playing through their performance.
This show has played at several venues in the metroplex from Grapevine, Granbury, Grand Praire and Lewisville. There are only three more performances in Grand Praire and then it is off to Lewisville for the last three performances. After this showing The Night the Music Died will be retired. If you have not seen this production, you are truly missing out on a wonderful experience. Kratzke as Buddy Holly is spot on. He has played the part of Buddy Holly since the show began nine years ago and it is evident that he is going to make sure it end on a high note. He truly owns that role.
Some of the other “up and coming” musicians who performed were “Dion and the Belmonts”, “Waylon Jennings”, “Tommy Allsup”, and more. The show began with a radio announcement of the upcoming concert then after an amazing concert it ended with the same radio announcer telling the world of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Richie Valens. The announcement is made and the lights on stage came on as the lead performers sang “American Pie”. This is truly a night to remember.
Plan to arrive early to enjoy a special performance by a few of the cast members in the Ultra Lounge.
For more information, call (972) 237-8786 or 1-800-547-4697.
120 East Main
Grand Praire, TX
LEWISVILLE MCL GRAND THEATER
100 North Charles Street