Pieter Toerien by arrangement with Alan James presents a brand-new, full-scale production of the HIT Rock ‘n Roll jukebox musical – BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story – LIVE onstage at the magnificent TEATRO at Montecasino for a limited season in 2023!

Directed by the West End’s Nick Winston (Fame, CATS, Chess, We Will Rock You – and ANNIE here in SA), with original set and costume designs by Fleur du Cap winner Niall Griffin (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), and Musical Direction by Wessel Odendaal (Phantom, Avenue Q, The Sound of Music, Here’s To You – The Simon and Garfunkel Songbook), this truly unique tribute musical follows the incredible journey of Buddy’s meteoric rise to the top of the record charts during the golden days of Rock ‘n Roll… BIGGER and BETTER than ever seen before on South African stages!

Leading an all-South African cast is popular local singer-songwriter Jethro Tait as the legendary Buddy Holly. The ensemble includes stage favourites Bethany Dickson (Matilda, Grease, The Sound of Music, Sunset Blvd) and Keaton Ditchfield (Evita, Saturday Night Fever, West Side Story), with Michael Stray, Francois Botha, Chad Baai, Simone Neethling, Gianluca Gironi, Thoko Jiyane, Che-Jean Jupp, Gerard Van Rooyen, Koketso Mere, Ganbriela Dos Santos, Vituous Kandemiri, Sindiswa Ndlovu and Morgan Marshall.

Packed full of all your favourite songs including “That’ll Be The Day”, “True Love Ways”, “Oh Boy”, “La Bamba”, “Rave On”, “Everyday”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “Not Fade Away”, “Maybe Baby” and the timeless “Peggy Sue” – BUDDY will have audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles! Every performance is a PARTY!

BUDDY has been seen by over 22 million people around the world and has won every BEST MUSICAL Award possible! BUDDY tells the story in words and music of the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life. Buddy Holly was a young man from Lubbock, Texas, who shot to stardom in 1957 (with his band The Crickets) and changed the face of popular music – becoming the world’s top recording artist, only to die tragically in a plane crash aged just 22. Also killed on that fateful flight were Ritchie Valens (La Bamba) and JP Richardson (The BIG Bopper). That date – February 3, 1959 – shook the world and became forever known as “The Day the Music Died”.

SEE BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story – live on stage at:

Cape Town – Artscape – 28 March to 16 April, 2023

Johannesburg – The TEATRO at Montecasino – 21 April to 28 May, 2023

All tickets on sale now at WEBTICKETS and theatre offices

Cape Town (021) 438 3301

Johannesburg (011) 511 1988

Tickets range from R150 to R500. Group Booking discounts available on request.


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