A STELLAR TRIBUTE to the music of American rock and roll icon Buddy Holly , featuring original cast members (Nicholas Freeman, Blake Foster and Zach Spicer) from History Theatre’s IVEY-award-winning production of Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story. Endorsed by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison of the Crickets. Musical direction by Gary Rue.*
Musical Director Gary Rue weaves a tale of rock and roll history in reverse, performing a solo opening set of songs from Gene Pitney (who wrote “Rubber Ball” for Bobby Vee), Sonny Curtis (Crickets’ guitarist and a great tunesmith in his own rite) to Bobby Vee (Bobby took Holly’s place at the Moorhead, MN Winter Dance Party concert after Buddy’s fatal plane crash on February 3rd, 1959).
*Music Director, arranger and duet partner with Gene Pitney, 1986 until Mr. Pitney’s death in 2006. Also played “a little piano” for Bobby Vee in the mid-eighties. Mr. Rue developed a ‘passing acquaintance-relationship’ with The Crickets who were touring simultaneously with Gene Pitney. As music director History Theatre' production and with the help of Gene Pitney's erstwhile manager, Jack Thibault, Gary was able to arrange the Crickets’ attendance on opening night and their subsequent enthusiastic endorsement of the production!