STAGE TUBE: Backstage with BCP's BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, Helmed by Hunter Foster

By: Jul. 05, 2016
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Bucks County Playhouse's second production of the summer season, the high-energy Rock & Roll musical "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" directed by Tony nominee Hunter Foster with choreography by Lorin Latarro. This show been seen by over 22 million people worldwide, and is hailed as the most successful rock musical of all time. "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" opened at Bucks County Playhouse (70 S. Main Street, New Hope, PA) on June 25 and will run through July 16. Click below to go behind the scenes with the company of BCP's show!

From his meteoric rise to fame in 1957 through his tragic death less than two years later, Buddy Holly influenced modern music like no other performer of his generation. "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" features more than 20 of Holly's greatest hits, including "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy," and many more. The show features a book by Alan Janes and music and lyrics by Buddy Holly. It opened in London's West End, where it ran for over 10 years, and premiered on Broadway in 1990.

The cast includes John Dewey ("Hello, Dolly!") as Buddy Holly, Karak Osborn ("She Stoops to Conquer," Stratford Festival) as 'The Big Bopper' J.P. Richardson, Gilbert Sanchez ("Showgirls the Musical" Off-Broadway) as Ritchie Valens, Zach Cossman ("Band Geeks: The Musical," Regional Premiere) as Jerry Allison, James David Larson ("Into the Woods," Roundabout Theater Company) as Joe B. Mauldin, Natalie Haro (Nickelodeon's "Fred: The Show") as Maria Elena Santiago, Andrew Frace ("Jersey Boys" First National Tour) as Hipockets Duncan, Kent M. Lewis ("Mama Mia," Las Vegas) as Norman Petty, Max Sangerman ("The Lightning Thief," First National Tour) as Tommy Allsupp, Elizabeth Nestlerode ("The Meanest Birthday Girl" Off-Broadway) as Vi Petty, and Brandi Massey (Broadway's "The Color Purple") as Apollo Performer.

The production is helmed by director Hunter Foster (BCP's "Company"), and choreographerLorin Latarro ("Waitress"), both of whom are also Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associates.Paul Masse serves as musical director, Adam Koch is scenic designer with lighting design byGina Scherr, costume design by Nicole V. Moody, and sound design by Matthew Given.

Single tickets to "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" are on sale now at, by calling 215-862-2121, or visiting the box office at 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA. For more information about the history of the show, visit