Review: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Ipswich Regent, April 21

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich

The Regent Theatre, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly’s brief but brilliant rock and roll career ended with his untimely death, now known as the day the music died.

Review: Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Ipswich Regent, April 21

On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly’s brief but brilliant rock and roll career ended with his untimely death, now known as the day the music died.

This brings the genius of his music back to life with a lively and talented cast performing all of his unforgettable hits.

Peggy Sue, That’ll be the Day and Oh Boy are just a few of the songs that had the audience enthusiastically clapping and rocking away.


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In the show-stopping Apollo scene, Buddy and his group, The Crickets, are seen bridging the gap between black and white and it is apparent that Buddy was a groundbreaker of his time. Alex Fobbester, who plays him, is a talented singer and was energetic to the end.

The first half featured a consistent balance of music and dialogue with the second half being lead by the music.

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The cast ended with Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry, which brought the audience to their feet and continued into a standing ovation. A thoroughly enjoyable watch.

Rebekah Rodwell

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