Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30 2013

This sweet, empty-headed touring version of the 1989 jukebox musical is packed with familiar songs ("That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue,") strung together with sanitized scenes from Holly's short life; most are concerned with the music, though we learn little about his artistic process. And the show explores none of the thornier issues of the industry in those days, like racism or payola, nor is there room in this relentlessly upbeat hagiography for a nuanced portrait of Holly—he remains a bespectacled cipher first to last, despite being onstage for almost the whole show. Clearly, the music is all that matters to the show's creators, and indeed Holly's hit tunes are lovingly recreated by an energetic ensemble led by the man himself (Andy Christopher or Kurt Jenkins, depending on the night). —Jack Helbig

Price: $22-$85


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