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Theatre Review: ”Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story”

(Christopher Sutton stars as Buddy Holly in "Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story," now at the Walnut Street Theatre.  Photo provided.  Credit: Mark Garvin)

(Christopher Sutton stars as Buddy Holly in “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” now at the Walnut Street Theatre. Photo provided. Credit: Mark Garvin)

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By Bob Nelson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you are a lover of music, rock ‘n roll, and high-energy theatre, you’ll certainly be fascinated by the production closing the 203rd season of the Walnut Street Theatre.

It’s the well-traveled show titled, “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story.”

What we have here is a remarkably detailed portrait of the life and times of the famous creator and performer whose story has played London’s West End for 12 years, had an equally impressive run on Broadway, not to mention performances in South Africa, Norway, Japan, Israel, Iceland, and elsewhere.

While history tells us that Buddy Holly died in a plane crash in 1959, audiences around the world still embrace his music — from Lubbock, Texas to New York and the world over.

“The Buddy Holly Story,” already enjoyed by more than 20 million, is directed and choreographed locally by Casey Hushion and stars Christopher Sutton.  And even the intermission leaves the audience in a manner that few other shows can muster!

“Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” will play The Walnut through July 15th.

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