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Rock ‘n’ roll classic shaking Sierra rep stage thru April 21

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POSTED March 7, 2013 9:33 p.m.

SONORA - “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”, live theatre’s wildly popular rock ‘n’ roll musical is playing on the Sierra Repertory Theatre’s East Sonora stage.

 Featuring a dozen live musicians and jam-packed with vintage concert scenes, this rock ‘n’ roll celebration kicks off Sierra Rep’s 34th season and is now playing through April 21. A worldwide smash, the show brings audiences to their feet with more than 20 of Holly's greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “That'll be the Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Rave On,” and “Maybe Baby,” plus feel-good hits by the young Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper and more.

More than a tribute show, Buddy brings to life the incredible legacy of a skinny, young Texas boy who skyrocketed to world fame with a string of hits that changed the face of popular music. When he and two fellow headliners died in a tragic winter plane crash in 1959, a generation grieved. He was just 22, and now, more than 50 years later, audiences still recognize Holly’s irresistible appeal.

“Buddy died so young, all we really have is his music, and it’s amazing what he created in just those few short years,” said SRT Artistic Director Scott Viets.

 Buddy Holly was the first artist of his generation to write and compose his own songs, and his music still sizzles with youth and energy.

The show’s primary focus is on the music – the show recreates concert scenes with a full complement of trumpets, trombones, guitars, sax, drums, strings and back-up singers.

Kansas native Ralph Krumins is Buddy, a role he has played in several productions around the country – and one he says he was “born to play.”

A talented cast of musicians and singers play the other musicians, family and friends who collaborated with Buddy in his short career.

Joining Krumins as The Crickets are accomplished Angels Camp bass player Alex “Skeez” Nava as Joe B. Maudlin and Columbia College freshman Joaquin David as drummer Jerry Allison. Southern California musician Brendan Quirk plays Tommy Allsup, who joined the Crickets as lead guitarist.

Buddy plays through Sunday, April 21, at SRT’s East Sonora Theatre. Thursday and Friday performances begin at 7, Saturday evening performances are at 8 and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2. General admission ranges from $26 to $32 depending on the day of the performance.

For performance information or reservations, call SRT’s box office at (209) 532-3120, or visit the theater’s website at



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