He was the man destined to be bigger than Elvis; once his music career exploded he released hit after hit. He was an unstoppable force in the world of rock and roll music in the late 1950’s. However, his musical career only lasted eighteen months. Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, performed at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, is a production which not only guides the audience through the trials of a young upstart performer but exposes the audience to the wonder of late 50’s rock and roll music, the racial tension, the conservative values, and the downright disorderliness of it all. You experience it all at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.
With Jeff Giles playing the role of the infamous Buddy Holly, he guides us through the story with honesty and an impressive vocal strength. His passion for 50’s & 60’s rock and roll was sparked when he was a mere child, and he has always had a passion for playing music. This love of performance blossomed into a love for theatre and drama as a teenager. He is greatly enamored by this production and very happy to be able to combine all three of his passions into this wonderful piece of local theatre.
All of your favorite Buddy songs, and some you didn't know you loved, are performed live with the full three piece band with no backing tracks. Often the entire fifteen piece ensemble takes the stage and gives the full experience of the beginnings of rock and roll. With live instruments from saxophone, to trombone, to standup bass, the music is truly a delight to experience. Often times the production takes on a very concert like feel as the band breaks the fourth wall and treats the audience as their late 50’s live audience.
Eighteen months after his first single was released, That’ll be the Day, the life of Buddy Holly was taken as his plane crashed as they crossed Iowa on their winter tour. The crash took the lives of the pilot, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper.” This was a tragic day and is commonly referred to as “the day the music died.” However, this production does not mourn the death of these men but celebrates the lives which they lived and the glorious affect they had on rock and roll music. This show, written by Alan Janes, runs through the Christmas season and closes on February 3, 2012. Times and ticket prices vary but all include the full dinner theatre experience.