Not many comets and meteors originate in West Texas but Buddy Holly certainly was one of them. He burned bright and hot but his light was snuffed out way too soon. Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1936, Buddy Holly was a rock and roll legend who influenced the direction the music world took and even though he has been gone from the galaxy for decades his stirring tunes live on. His death at only twenty-two was a tragedy but his eighteen months of fame are still felt today. Everyone from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen credit Buddy Holly for being a jukebox wonder.
Waterbury's Palace Theater will welcome this songwriting sensation for three performances only, Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24 in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story." Todd Meredith will rock around your clock as the energetic performer who believes in himself and in his music and let the world hear his greatness. This hometown country boy rejected his country western roots to adopt the newfangled, untamed tail of a comet called rock and roll. He hung on tight, from his first stirrings of success at Harlem's Apollo Theater to his final show at Clear Lake. Iowa when he joined forces with the Big Bopper and Richie Valens, for what was to be his last hurrah.
Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson have penned this enthusiastic tribute to a legend and crammed it with his most popular hits, "Not Fade Away," "Maybe, Baby," "Oh, Boy," "Rave On," "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue." It doesn't get much better than this! Believe it or not, it's the 25th anniversary of this show and the Waterbury stop is part of an eleven week national tour. To date, 22 million music fans from all over the world have been shaken from their toes on up by this sensational show.
Before the Friday, January 23 performance, Riverhouse Catering will prepare a 6 p.m. pre-fixe, four-course dinner at the Palace's Poli Club, located on the mezzanine level of the theater. Dinner is $62.50 per person, which included tax, fees, coffee and tea. A cash bar is available. Make reservations through the box office.
For tickets ($45, 55 and 65), call the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at www.palacetheaterct.org. Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Come witness the birth of rock and roll with the daddy who gets the credit for its contemporary conception, the one and only, Buddy Holly. He will "not fade away."