LIMA — Buddy Holly died in a plane crash at the age of 22, just 18 months into his musical career. The Broadway hit musical review, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center, shows how much life he packed into those 18 months.
The musical details Holly’s rise to fame from his beginnings in Texas to his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. It also chronicles how Holly’s music influenced other rockers, from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. The show’s songs include “Not Fade Away,” “Good Time,” “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “That’ll Be the Day.”
The long-running “jukebox musical” is in its 27th season on tour. Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, said she’s been delighted.
“I believe this is a testament to a great show — the first of its kind — and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents,” she said in a statement. “Just seeing the people out there, enjoying themselves, even getting up and dancing to Buddy’s music, that makes me so happy.”
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