Wilkes-Barre — “Oh boy! The World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Show” is coming to FM Kirby Center.
More than 22 million musical fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story is the show that inspired a generation of multimillion-dollar musicals, including Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, and We Will Rock You – back by popular demand.
This tour will include a stop at the FM Kirby Center on Thursday, November 10th.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. and are available online at — kirbycenter.org — or at the Kirby Center box office and collect by calling 570-826-1100. Kirby member pre-sale begins Wednesday, September 21st at 10am
Ticket prices: $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, plus fees.
According to the press release announcing the show:
“Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have an audience of 8 to 80 people spinning in the aisles around the world. Beloved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the never-ending story of the music icon’s meteoric rise to stardom and his legendary final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22.
“In 18 short months, the Texas-born boy revolutionized modern music, influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.
“With a phenomenally diverse cast, together they present two wonderful hours of music featuring over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘Oh Boy’ and ‘Rave On.’ With the Big Bopper’s ‘Chantilly Lace’ and Richie Valens’ ‘La Bamba’ rounding out the stellar musical line-up, Buddies is an evening of good family entertainment not to be missed.”
Buddy Holley’s widow, Maria Elena Holley, said: “When we started the show, we had no idea that Buddy’s music and story would still be gracing stages and entertaining audiences around the world every week and 25 years later. I think it’s a testament to a great show—the first of its kind—and the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; the energy of youth, immense talent and creativity combined with determination to make an indelible impression on this world.”
Writer Alan Janes says: “Audiences are dancing in the aisles every night to our production of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned a very short period but whose music will be remembered forever.”
Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.