The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford is eagerly preparing to welcome the sensational musical production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story as part of its UK tour. This West End and Broadway smash-hit has captivated both critics and audiences alike with its enthralling portrayal of the life and legacy of music icon Buddy Holly.

The show traces his remarkable journey from a young Southern rockabilly artist to worldwide fame, culminating in his tragic final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his untimely death at the tender age of 22.

Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Buddy Holly revolutionised contemporary music in a mere 18 months, leaving an indelible mark on the industry and influencing legendary artists such as The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and the Rolling Stones.

Presented by a talented cast of actor-musicians, Buddy delivers an unforgettable experience with over 20 of Holly’s greatest hits, including timeless classics such as “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “Everyday,” and “Rave On.” Audiences can also anticipate crowd-pleasers like the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” alongside electrifying renditions of “Shout” and “Johnny B. Goode.” This stellar musical lineup ensures a night of family entertainment that should not be missed.

AJ Jenks and Christopher Weeks will take turns in reprising the role of Buddy Holly on alternate performances. The talented cast also includes Joe Butcher as Joe B. Mauldin, Josh Haberfield as Jerry Allison, Daniella Agredo Piper as Maria Elena Holly, Miguel Angel as Ritchie Valens/Tyrone Jones, and Christopher Chandler as JP Richardson, famously known as ‘The Big Bopper.’

Expressing his excitement for the tour, writer and producer Alan Janes states, “We are so excited to be back on tour and to see our audiences – aged 8 to 80 – dance in the aisles every night to our story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period, but whose music will be remembered forever.”

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has achieved phenomenal success, boasting a record-breaking 4,668 performances over 580 weeks on tour in the UK and Ireland, in addition to 5,822 performances over 728 weeks in London’s prestigious West End. Joining the ranks of iconic musicals like Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miss Saigon, Evita, and Cats, Buddy has proudly entered its fourth decade on stage.

While Buddy has served as an inspiration for numerous jukebox musicals such as Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, it remains the true original and a musical phenomenon in its own right. Having been witnessed by over 22 million theatergoers since its debut in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy’s universal appeal transcends borders and continues to have audiences rocking in the aisles across the globe.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the magic of Buddy Holly’s story at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford between 13th June to 17th June 2023.

Book your tickets now for a night of unforgettable music and celebration of a true legend