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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Ave Chicago

From his humble beginnings in Lubbock, Texas, to his meteoric rise to the top of the charts with "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue," to his tragic untimely death in 1959, the life of rock 'n' roller Holly is truly the stuff of legends.

Thru - Mar 11, 2007

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm & 8:30pm
Sundays: 3:00pm



Price: $20-$38.50

Stage: One Theatre Company

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-325-1700

Running Time: 2hrs 15mins; one intermission


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  Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...A reasonably decent, mostly likable retro entertainment for Holly lovers, with a cast (and ticket prices) comparable to your typical non-Equity, split-week, small-city tour. No more, no less."
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Packed with a slew of Holly's hits, including "Everyday," "It's So Easy" and "Rave On" (with Desmin Borges as Valens, raising the temperature with "La Bamba"), "Buddy" features lively direction by Janet Louer and a young ensemble that looks as if it might have been part of Holly's fan club. You may want to add your name."
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Hedy Weiss


SouthtownStar - Highly Recommended

"...This isn't a glitzy Broadway entertainment, but with its down-to-earth honesty, charming performances and exuberant rock 'n' roll songbook, "The Buddy Holly Story" is a foot-stompin' joy in its revival at the Mercury Theatre in Chicago."
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Betty Mohr


Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Holly's music carries the show. That is, if the musicians are good enough, and they are in this high-intensity staging by Janet Louer (who choreographed the show's 1992 touring edition). Josh Solomon, vulnerable and earnest as Holly, both credibly imitates the singer-songwriter and puts a new spin on some songs..."

Laura Molzahn


Windy City Times - Recommended

"...What also distinguishes the show currently occupying the Mercury Theatre is that all onstage personnel—from Solomon himself, to The Crickets’ Nate Bellon on bull fiddle and Daniel J. Rosenthal on the mighty Ludwig drums, to the tambourine-girl who gawks at Ritchie Valens’ matador pants—play their own instruments. With that much talent and adrenaline heating up the stage, James Turano’s Big Bopper had no trouble pumping up the spectator frenzy on a subzero Saturday night like you might find at a touring concert in Clear Lake, Iowa."
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Mary Shen Barnidge


EpochTimes - Recommended

"...This show is a showcase for the talents of Josh Solomon, who it seems has studied Buddy very well and has him down perfectly. Watching this energetic performer at work is a treat. But guess what, there is even more talent in this production. Desmin Borges is a strong Ritchie Valens (who only appears in the second act), James Turano, pulls off a surprisingly solid Big Bopper (among other roles he plays in the first act) and the music of course is spectacular."

Al Bresloff


Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...While the Mercury’s rendition isn’t proof the show should be kept in circulation, it’s fun enough—in a mindless, oh-golly way—to enjoy. At least the music is. The story still has its flaws."
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Tim Lowery


ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...With his trademark black rimed glasses, Buddy comes to life in the person of Josh Solomon. This guy is a glove fit to play Holly. This jukebox musical is light on story but long on toe-tapping classic rock tunes."
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Tom Williams


Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...while this jukebox musical is pretty light fare, it's also consistently enjoyable at what it does. It's also a fantastic showcase for the multi-talented Josh Solomon, who channels all of Holly's drive, gawkiness and talent in one thrilling performance."

Joe Stead



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