About The Buddy Holly Story

The Buddy Holly Story is a musical production that follows the rise and fall of one of the most influential rock 'n' roll stars of all time, Buddy Holly. This classic tale has been performed on stages across the globe since its debut in 1978 and continues to captivate audiences to this day. The musical chronicles the life and career of Buddy Holly (played by Gary Busey) from his humble beginnings in Lubbock, Texas to becoming an international superstar. From his early days as a local musician to his meteoric rise to fame with hits such as "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue," this production captures it all. The musical features a star-studded cast including Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, Conrad Janis, William Jordan, and more. Over the years, The Buddy Holly Story has won numerous awards including Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. Additionally, it was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

Despite its success on Broadway in 1978, it wasn't until 1985 that it received its first full-scale West End production at London's Victoria Palace Theatre. Since then, it has been produced on stages around the world from Australia to Japan to Canada. Last 2022 season alone there has been over 30 productions across North America with more planned for 2024. In addition to being produced on stage, The Buddy Holly Story was also adapted into a feature film in 1978 starring Gary Busey as Buddy Holly himself! It was critically acclaimed upon release with many praising Busey's performance as well as the film's accurate portrayal of Holly's rise and fall from stardom. Due to its success at the box office and critical acclaim, The Buddy Holly Story was nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Music Score Original Song Score or Adaptation Score. 

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