Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the story of Buddy Holly’s brief life and meteoric rise to fame and rock ‘n roll stardom in the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist. In an electrifying musical celebration, two of Holly’s unforgettable performances are recreated: the Crickets’ appearance at the Apollo Theatre and his final concert with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. This show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away,” “Everyday,” “Rave On,” “Maybe Baby,” “Raining In My Heart,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” This dynamic show is a celebration of the man, his music and life that encompasses a unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor and charms that was Buddy Holly.

Directed by Scarlett Turney this show features singer/songwriter Ian Hunt as Buddy Holly. Ian has appeared on the MTSU stage in “Take Me Out” and his own original production of “The Rhythm in You.” This show also features Chris Eisenhour, Graeme Morris and Brad Poe as the Crickets, Oscar Zezatti as Ritchie Valens, Quintin Parnell as the Big Bopper, and Heather Moulder as Maria Elena Santiago.

Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story is sponsored by Franklin’s Printworks and is part of the 2008 Playhouse Series sponsored by Regions Bank. Production dates are August 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and August 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center box office at (615) 563-ARTS (2787) or 1-800-235-9073. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.artscenterofcc.com. The Arts Center Restaurant is now open before all performances, so be sure and call in advance for our discounted dinner/show packages.

The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of the town of Woodbury, approximately 20 minutes from Murfreesboro, Manchester, and McMinnville and one hour southeast of Nashville. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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