Theatre Alliance to perform Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

The Theatre Alliance, located at 1047 Northwest Blvd. in Winston-Salem, will present The Buddy Holly Story 
Performance Dates:
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8 pm
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8 pm
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2 pm

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8 pm
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8 pm
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 2 pm

Written by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinso
Music and Lyrics by Various Artists

The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day The Music Died”. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll Be The Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Everyday”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Rave On”, and “Raining In My Heart”, plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”.

The incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock & roll, continues to live on in Buddy.

Gray Smith is no stranger to Theatre Alliance patrons or to portraying real people. He says of this role, “I have portrayed Hank Williams and George Jones, which were challenging in their own respect. With Buddy Holly, though, comes an energy that exudes through his music. It is exciting music to sing every evening. I think the audience is really going to enjoy hearing the music as much as we do by performing it!”

Omar Sosa is newer to Theatre Alliance and playing a childhood favorite. "Being able to portray one of music's greatest stars is truly an honor. Playing Ritchie Valens with this cast has been such a fun journey as our work is very detailed and stays true to the lives of the celebrities we are interpreting. I grew up listening to ‘La Bamba’ along with some of Ritchie's other tunes, so being able to bring this role to life and pay homage to him means very much to me, and I hope that the audience enjoys our portrayal and hard work."

Says Artistic Director Jamie Lawson, “I dare you to leave the theater without humming ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘Oh, Boy!’, or ‘Everyday’! Buddy Holly’s music is infectious (‘Words of Love’ is one of my personal favorites), and it’s the best medicine to cure what ails you. The party will be happening at Theatre Alliance, and we hope you can all make it!”

"The audience is elevated to joyful chaos." — Clive Barnes, New York Post

"These musical numbers will have you up on your feet clapping. Buddy is a blast!"
— Pia Lindstrom, WNBC-TV

“Remarkable…It’s a bona fide crowd pleaser!” – Variety

The Theatre Alliance production is directed by Jamie Lawson and musically directed by Tommy Jackson. The title role will be played by Gray Smith, seen starring in this season’s THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL, and the cast also features Omar Sosa as Ritchie Valens and Tim Swift as The Big Bopper.

Buddy is sponsored by S & L Painting and Decorating, Inc.


Tickets to Buddy are priced at $18 for Adults and $16 for students/seniors. There is also a $2 per ticket discount available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets to Buddy may be purchased in person at the Theatre Alliance Box Office (Fridays from 12:30-3:00 p.m.), online at or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006. Please call Theatre Alliance at (336) 723-7777 with any questions about this or future shows.

Student Rush: $14 before any performance. Tickets will go on sale five minutes before show time. MUST show current, valid student ID. Attendees must wait in a standby line until 5 minutes to show time, at which point, available seating is released. Tickets may not be reserved for Student Rush, under no circumstances; they must be purchased at the Box Office, 5 minutes prior to that day's performance. Limit one ticket per student. All seats subject to availability.

- A Press Release

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