Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (2015)

Buddy_400x255Lizz Reeves Fidler will play Vi Petty, wife of Norman Petty in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Fountain Hills Theater, which tells the story in words and music of the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life.

We see how he and his childhood high-school friends, the Crickets, turn country music upside down and create a unique style of sound which some called ‘the devil’s music’. We see Buddy’s frustrations at Decca Records, his skill as a songwriter and composer when recording and experimenting with Norman Petty, the excitement he and America felt when “That’ll Be The Day” went to #1, and his naive determination to be the first white act to play the Apollo. Later we meet Maria Elena, his future wife, and witness his whirlwind romance. Then we are taken on his ill-fated ‘Winter Dance Party’ Tour of 1959. Finally, we are the audience at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy’s final performance with Ritchie Valens (“La Bamba”) and The Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson (Chantilly Lace”) is recreated, and what in theatre must be one of the most exciting musical concerts of all-time!

Lizz will also portray one of the Snowbirds, a ladies trio that doubled as background singers for Buddy, and one of the Hayriders, a ladies country trio. She will also play mandolin with Mr. J & The Meltones, Buddy’s backup band.

Buddy will play July 24 – August 16. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM. Individual tickets are $28 for Adults and $23 for youth 17 and under.  Seniors receive a $5 discount on all summer performances.  Group rates and student rush discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 480-837-9661 x3.

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