Review: The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre, Cardiff.

Last night was a
bitter-sweet night at New Theatre as Warren and I encountered an
energetic and passionate performance of The Buddy Holly Story. Due to
illness we haven’t been to the theatre recently, so it was so lovely
to return on a night full to the brim with talent. The show tells the
story of Buddy, from an unknown musician to a man who transforms the
music scene forever.

The stage was set
and the audience was buzzing as we found our seats. As soon as Buddy
(Alex Fobbester) came onto the stage it was obvious we were in for a
treat. He was quirky yet strong-willed, talented yet misunderstood by
a music scene unwilling to change. The relationship between Buddy and
the Crickets, Joe Mauldin and Jerry Allison, was electric; I loved
their sense of humour and interaction on the stage!


The story of Buddy’s
music was very interesting, how he came up with ideas and lyrics was
all so interesting, but the story really made its mark on me when
Buddy fell in love. The relationship between Buddy and Maria was
beautiful, love at first sight and an abundance of understanding and
kindness between them; it reminded me of all the love I have for
Warren. The song he wrote for Maria Alena, True Love Ways, was
beautifully performed and incredibly intimate.

I really enjoyed the
energy, both on stage and in the audience. Everyone was loving the
music, the story, the vibe, and there was plenty of opportunity for
audience participation. The costumes were in-keeping with the era,
and there were several comic elements inserted into the show such as
goofy presenters and well written dialogue. 
   
I think my favourite
part of the whole show was with Buddy and the Crickets in the studio
with Norman Petty. Recording song after song, Vi Petty joins them on
the Celeste to perform Everyday, a song that not only gets you
tapping your foot, but also reminds you of true love and how it feels
to fall in love. The addition of the Celeste is so pretty, magical
and unique…

When it came down to the history of Buddy’s life, cut short in an aeroplane crash along with J.P. Richardson ‘The Big Bopper’ and Ritchie Valens, I actually felt pretty devastated. It was tastefully executed, and I felt emotionally shifted as I sat in my seat and realised Buddy, a man who changed the face of music, was only 22 years old when he died. 

The Budyy Holly Story is a musical journey of a man who left the world too soon. It’s powerful, funny, entertaining and extremely moving and you’d be mad to miss it…

The show is running at New Theatre in Cardiff until 8th July, so book your tickets now!

Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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