BWW Interview: Actor Kyle Jurassic Talks 'BUDDY' at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
KYLE JURASSIC (Buddy Holly) is elated to be making his Dutch Apple debut. BroadwayWorld recently spoke with Kyle about the production.
He is a graduate of Cornerstone University and holds Bachelor's of Music Performance. Kyle has performed at The Palace Theatre in Wisconsin, The Union Country Performing Arts Center, Hershey Park, Farmers Alley Theatre, and various theaters throughout Michigan. Previous credits include Rock of Ages, Catch Me if You Can, Spamalot, Forever Plaid, The Wedding Singer, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!, Little Shop of Horrors, Altar Boyz, Avenue Q, Grease, and Hit Her with the Skates. Kyle lives in NYC with his lovely wife, Virginia, and would like to thank his wife, Hudson Artists Agency, and his family for their support.
Visit kylejurassic.com for more about Kyle.
BWW: In your opinion, what makes Buddy Holly such an iconic figure in rock 'n' roll history?
BWW: What is your favorite Buddy Holly song, and why?
For me it's a tie between "Heartbeat" and "That'll Be The Day". I think listening to both of them really demonstrates Buddy's range and ability to write songs that don't all sound similar. They're both great songs, but if you didn't know any better you might think they were recorded by two different artists.
BWW: Do you prepare differently for this role than you would if you were portraying a similar fictional musical theater character like Danny Zuko? What is the difference between "imitation" and "impersonation"?
BWW: What is the most surprising thing that you learned about Buddy Holly while doing research for the show?
I was most surprised by the fact that Buddy Holly and The Crickets actually inspired The Beatles. So much so, that they changed their name from The Quarrymen to The Beatles, because they wanted an insect name like The Crickets. And the first recording they ever did, in 1958, was a cover of Buddy's "That'll Be The Day."
BWW: A fatal plane crash is not usual fodder for dinner theater. How does the show strike a balance between a celebration and a memorial of Holly's life?
Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story is playing at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster, PA September 28-November 11, 2017. Tickets and more information can be found at the theater's website, dutchapple.com.