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Photo Flash: 'The Buddy Holly Story' at WBT

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, plays Westchester Broadway Theatre through April 19, and tells the story of the three years in which he became the world's top recording artist. The show features over twenty of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including, "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be The Day", "Oh Boy", "Rave On",  Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace".

"Pat McRoberts as Buddy sings his way through two hours of some of the best rock 'n' roll songs ever written. Buddy and his childhood school friends, The Crickets, turned country music upside down and created a unique style of sound which some called 'the devil's music'. This moving musical revue recreates two of Holly's unforgettable concerts, including the Crickets' appearance as the first white act ever to appear at the Apollo Theatre and his final gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa  where Buddy was joined by Ritchie Valens and the 'Big Bopper' J.P. Richardson, in one of the most exciting musical concerts of all-time. Forever ingrained in our musical minds is the smiling, bespectacled picture of this groundbreaking American idol whose spirit will forever rock on!" state press notes.

The show os directed and choreographed by Victoria Bussert and the Musical Director is Angela Howell. The cast includes Anthony Eric Scott and John Rochette as The Crickets, Migel Romero as Ritchie Valens, Ryan Dunkin as "The Big Bopper", Becca Lopez as Maria Elena, Buddy's wife, and John Schiappa as Norm Petty. The balance of the roles will be played by Derrick Cobey, Tamara Corbin, Angela Grovey, Angela Howell, Chris McBurney, Alcorn Minor and Eli Zoller. Peter Barbieri will Be the Technical Director Andrew Gmoser will design lights, Set design by Steven Loftus, Bryan McPartlan is the sound designer, Matthew Hemesath will design costumes and Gerard Kelly will design wigs.

For tickets call 914-592-2222. Dinner & Show range between $60 and $73 PLUS TAX depending on the performance chosen. Performances through April 19. Showtimes are: Wed. and Thurs. Matinee. - Lunch, 11:30am. Show 1pm; Thursday thru Saturday Eve. - Dinner, 6pm. Show, 8pm; Sunday Matinee - Lunch, 12 noon Show, 1:30pm; Sunday Evening - Dinner, 5pm. Show, 7pm.

LUXURY BOXES:  For private parties of 6 to 22. Enjoy dining and theatre in an elegant private box. Additional features include an expanded dinner menu, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, a private powder room, and Luxury Box reserved parking.

Photos by John Vecchiolla

l-r: Miguel Romero (Ritchie Valens), Pat McRoberts (Buddy Holly), Ryan Dunkin (The Big Bopper)

The Company of Buddy

Pat McRoberts as Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly and The Crickets: Pat McRoberts, John Rochette (drums) and Eric Scott Anthony (bass)

Pat McRoberts as Buddy

l-r: Tamara Corbin, Becca Lopez and Angela Grovey with John Schiappa

Becca Lopez (Maria Elena) and Pat McRoberts (Buddy)

l-r: Pat McRoberts (Buddy Holly) John Rochette and Eric Scott Anthony (the Crickets) with Angela Howell (Vi Petty) and John Schiappa (Norman Petty)

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