Ogunquit Playhouse Presents BUDDY, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, Now thru 10/21

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story rocks the Ogunquit Playhouse's 80th Anniversary season to a close this fall from tonight, September 19 – October 21.

Follow the incredible journey of Buddy's meteoric rise to the top of the record charts during the golden days of rock 'n' roll in this popular tribute musical. You'll be cheering for more, with such rousing fifties favorites as "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," "Maybe Baby," "That'll Be the Day," "Raining In My Heart," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." This joyous celebration of a musical legend has audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe and now it will explode on the Ogunquit Playhouse stage in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping extravaganza! "Oh Boy!"

Making his Ogunquit Playhouse debut as Buddy is Kurt Jenkins who has performed in numerous regional theatres in the U.S. and is the founder of the alternative-Rock band Skyway Spirits.

Jayson Elliot returns to Ogunquit to play the Big Bopper. Jayson was last seen on The Playhouse stage in 2011 as Brian in Avenue Q. In addition to his many stage credits, Jayson has played The Big Bopper in several tribute concerts along the East CoasT. Ryan Jagru joins the cast as Richie Valens and Norm Petty is played by Luke Darnell who is a third generation Ogunquit Playhouse performer! He recently performed in Ring Of Fire, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story and Smoke On The Mountain and has appeared on television shows Ghost Whisperer and General Hospital.

Director-Choreographer for Buddy is DJ Salisbury who has directed and choreographed for theaters nationwide including Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre of the Stars-Atlanta, Sacramento Music Circus and Riverside Theatre-FL. As Director-Choreographer he has worked on many shows including Man of La Mancha, Into The Woods, La Cage Aux Folles, Ain't Misbehavin', The Full Monty, Evita, Ragtime and nine productions of The Will Rogers Follies. In New York he directed numerous readings, workshops and concerts including a revised Mystery of Edwin Drood (featuring Sally Struthers) and the Lincoln Center solo concert of Disney composer Alan Menken, among others. DJ has worked in various capacities with Broadway heavyweights Jerry Mitchell, Kathleen Marshall, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Susan Stroman, Jeff Calhoun and Tommy Tune. As choreographer he worked on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars Road Trip" and "The Rachael Ray Show." He was also head writer/lyricist for the Emmy-winning Oklahoma Centennial TV special starring Reba McIntyre, Vince Gill, Kelli O'Hara and Shirley Jones.

John Bannister is the Music Supervisor for the Ogunquit production of Buddy. He works full time as a musical director and supervisor in productions around the world, most notably for Buddy Worldwide LTD, the creators of the Buddy musical. He has had a vast history working with Buddy-the Buddy Holly Story around the world and including the Duchess Theatre, London. John was nominated for The Sterling Award for Most Outstanding Musical Director in Edmonton, Canada for The Buddy Holly Story. In 2011, John wrote and arranged Junior Buddy-A children's version of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story which is sold worldwide. John continues to publicize Buddy Holly's music by regularly appearing on television and radio and giving talks and master classes across North America. In 2013/14, John will be Music Director for the British anniversary tour of Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story and Music Supervisor for Buddy Worldwide LTD and 'Theatre Of The Stars' North American regional tour. He is an honors graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, London and began his career as a classical musician playing timpani, percussion and piano with orchestras such as The Royal Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera and Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet.

Eric Scott Anthony joins the creative team as Music Director and one of the Hayriders. Anthony is making his debut at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story. He has worked on Broadway in Ring of Fire and his Regional theatre credits include Ring of Fire, Pump Boys & Dinettes and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story as well as many others.

Individual ticket prices start at $39 per show. Purchase tickets and gift certificates online at www.ogunquitplayhouse.org, or through the Box Office at 207-646-5511. Join the Ogunquit Playhouse for two performances by the seacoast choral group Seaglass on October 9th and again during Christmas by the Sea December 8th.

The Ogunquit Playhouse is America's Foremost Summer Theatre, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, producing the finest Broadway musicals each season, with performances Tuesday through Sunday, from May 23 to October 21, 2012. Follow the Ogunquit Playhouse on Twitter (@OgunquitPH) and become our fan on Facebook (facebook.com/OgunquitPlayhouse) for behind-the-scenes info, photos and fun throughout the season. For a complete list of show times, pricing and more information about the season visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

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