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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story announces UK tour

The jukebox musical about Buddy Holly’s life will open in August 2016

Dean Elliott and company in a previous tour of buddy
Dean Elliott and company in a previous tour of Buddy
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A UK tour has been announced for the rock and roll musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, which will open in Harlow in August 2016.

The production originally opened in the West End in 1989 and enjoyed a successful 25th anniversary worldwide tour in 2013.

Buddy tells the tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22.

The show features many of Buddy Holly's greatest hits, including "That’ll Be The Day", "Peggy Sue", "Oh Boy" and "Rave On". Other songs include "Chantilly Lace" and "La Bamba".

Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly commented: "When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later."

Writer and producer Alan Janes added: "Audiences aged 8 to 80 dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever."

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens at Harlow Playhouse on 31 August ahead of a 14 week tour visiting Skegness, Chesterfield, Guildford, Watford, Portsmouth, High Wycombe, Hayes, Croydon, Swansea, Dartford, Bournemouth, Northampton, Crewe and Swindon.