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Review: The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre, Cardiff.

Last night was a bitter-sweet night at New Theatre as Warren and I encountered an energetic and passionate performance of The Buddy Holly Story. Due to illness we haven't been to the theatre recently, so it was so lovely to return on a night full to the brim with talent. The show tells the story of Buddy, from an unknown musician to a man who transforms the music scene forever.

The stage was set and the audience was buzzing as we found our seats. As soon as Buddy (Alex Fobbester) came onto the stage it was obvious we were in for a treat. He was quirky yet strong-willed, talented yet misunderstood by a music scene unwilling to change. The relationship between Buddy and the Crickets, Joe Mauldin and Jerry Allison, was electric; I loved their sense of humour and interaction on the stage!

The story of Buddy's music was very interesting, how he came up with ideas and lyrics was all so interesting, but the story really made its mark on me when Buddy fell in love. The relationship between Buddy and Maria was beautiful, love at first sight and an abundance of understanding and kindness between them; it reminded me of all the love I have for Warren. The song he wrote for Maria Alena, True Love Ways, was beautifully performed and incredibly intimate.

I really enjoyed the energy, both on stage and in the audience. Everyone was loving the music, the story, the vibe, and there was plenty of opportunity for audience participation. The costumes were in-keeping with the era, and there were several comic elements inserted into the show such as goofy presenters and well written dialogue. 
I think my favourite part of the whole show was with Buddy and the Crickets in the studio with Norman Petty. Recording song after song, Vi Petty joins them on the Celeste to perform Everyday, a song that not only gets you tapping your foot, but also reminds you of true love and how it feels to fall in love. The addition of the Celeste is so pretty, magical and unique...

When it came down to the history of Buddy's life, cut short in an aeroplane crash along with J.P. Richardson 'The Big Bopper' and Ritchie Valens, I actually felt pretty devastated. It was tastefully executed, and I felt emotionally shifted as I sat in my seat and realised Buddy, a man who changed the face of music, was only 22 years old when he died. 

The Budyy Holly Story is a musical journey of a man who left the world too soon. It's powerful, funny, entertaining and extremely moving and you'd be mad to miss it...

The show is running at New Theatre in Cardiff until 8th July, so book your tickets now!

Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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