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Buddy Holly musical returns to UK for national tour

Dean Elliot starred in a previous tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Photo: Johan Persson
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Jukebox musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story will return to the UK for a national tour next year.

The show – which just finished a worldwide tour to celebrate its 25th anniversary – will open at the Harlow Playhouse on August 31, 2016, before touring across the country for 14 weeks.

Maria Elena Holly, who was married to Holly before his death in 1959, welcomed the show’s return, saying: “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later.”

She continued: “I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents: a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”

The musical, which first opened in the West End in 1989 and ran there for 12 years, is directed by Matt Salisbury and is written by Alan Janes, who also produces the musical.

Janes said: “Audiences aged eight to 80 dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.

Casting for the UK tour has yet to be announced.

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