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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
June 1 @ 8:00 pm - September 5 @ 3:00 pm$15 – $43
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is Coming to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre
The Oregon Cabaret is kicking off the summer theatre season on 7/1 with a rock and roll music spectacular.
Buddy Holly’s brief life is immortalized in this dynamic and heart-rending stage show. Set between 1956 and 1959, The Buddy Holly Story traces Buddy’s early rise to fame with the Crickets to that fateful night when the music died.
The Buddy Holly Story features all of Buddy’s greatest hits, including “That’ll be the Day”, “Everyday”, “Peggy Sue”, “Not Fade Away”, “Maybe Baby”, and “Oh Boy”. Because the show dramatizes Buddy’s final winter concert performance, the show also includes The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”.
“This show is a really great look at Buddy’s ascendant career – from his time at KDAV’s Sunday party in Lubbock, TX to that fateful day when the music died,” says director Rick Robinson. “People who loved Million Dollar Quartet are going to love this show. It’s an energetic and vibrant show – just like Buddy was. It’ll be gripping nostalgia for some and a great way for younger generations to learn about Buddy and fall in love with this music. Some people don’t realize how deep Buddy’s music is in the roots of rock music.”
LA-based actor and Cabaret newcomer Dan Middleditch plays Buddy Holly. Cabaret veterans Kristen Calvin (Beehive, Bat Boy, She Loves Me), Alex Boyles (Avenue Q, Miracle on 34th St.), Matthew Staley (The Spitfire Grill), and Darby Uspensky (Million Dollar Quartet) all return. Three other actors make their Cabaret debuts – local performers Rigo Jimenez and Sabrina Valenzuela and East Coast-based Matt Sweeney.
If it were a movie, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story would be rated PG, for very mild language and some adult situations.
The Creative Team
Rick Robinson (director) has served as the director for the Cabaret’s Sherlock Holmes & The Sign of the Four, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, The 39 Steps, Bat Boy: The Musical, and Baskerville. He wrote the book for Cabaret’s world premiere musical, The Pine Mountain Lodge and the adaptation for the Cabaret’s version of The Sign of the Four and A Christmas Carol. Rick has directed four shows at the Collaborative Theatre Project in Medford – Leading Ladies, Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Sherwood. A founding member of Lucid by Proxy in Los Angeles, Rick has had eight plays produced in Los Angeles, and one, Asymmetry, published by Samuel French and produced in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
The Buddy Holly Story design team includes set designer Deanne Kennedy (Sign of the Four, Million Dollar Quartet), lighting designer Michael Stanfill (The Spitfire Grill, Avenue Q), props designer Todd Nielsen (The Odd Couple, The Great American Trailer Park Musical), sound designer Graham Howatt (Once, Sweeney Todd), and wig designer Virginia Carol Hudson (The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Beehive).
It is looking very likely that the Cabaret will be able to open to a higher capacity by the time Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens. The following safety protocols will still be in place when the show opens.
Masks on – When entering the Cabaret, walking around inside the theater, and during the show, patrons are required to wear masks. Face shields are only allowed if a medical issue prevents the use of a mask and must be pre-approved by our box office staff before your arrival at the theatre. All Cabaret staff will be wearing masks.
Hand sanitizer stations – The Cabaret has set up multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the theater.
Improved air filters – The Cabaret has MERV 13 filters installed in all four of its HVAC systems. With four A/C units cycling air, the Cabaret features 6 complete air changes per hour.
Table sharing: We are not currently allowing table sharing between patrons who do not know each other. We reserve the right to move patrons to a different table, if needed.
Show Dates and Additional Information
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story has a preview on July 1st, opens on July 2nd and closes on Sunday, September 5th. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 1:00 pm and evening performances begin at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and select Wednesday nights.
Reservations are required for pre-show dinner or brunch. Appetizers, cocktails, beverages, and desserts are available without reservations. Tickets are $43 for A level seating with limited $39 B level seating available for all performances. The Cabaret offers a 15% ticket discount for groups of twelve or more for select ticket types and performances. $15 student rush tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID, subject to availability. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.