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Spencer Theatre Presents BUDDY HOLLY STORY, 9/26

The Buddy Holly Story, a dramatic jukebox musical at the Spencer Theater, Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m., tells the story of the young Lubbock man in horn-rimmed glasses who became the world's top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including Peggy Sue, That'll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Maybe Baby, Ritchie Valens' La Bamba, and the Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace.

The two-act musical drama, which took off in London's West End in 1989 before moving on to Broadway for a successful run, charts the three years that took Holly to his heights of fame and influence before his death at age 22.  Starring a talented cast from the west Texas area, the tale features Buddy as he begins to carve out his career as a country & western singer with The Crickets in Lubbock, Texas; finds his true love with Maria Elena Santiago, the Puerto Rican receptionist of his music publisher; his split from The Crickets and pursuit of a solo career; his famous Winter Dance Party 1959 Midwestern rock and roll tour, and his final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Buddy Holly's brief life has become the stuff of legend. Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is a theatrical celebration presented by Lubbock's Moonlight Musicals with direction by John Banister of London. Excellent seats are available for $59 & $56.  Call the Spencer Box Office at 575.336.4800 or go online to for tickets and information.
Next up:

  • A CELEBRATION OF JAZZ. Sat Oct 2 at 7PM ($39 & $36). Classical and "stride" jazz solo pianist Rossano Sportiello followed by the cabaret jazz music of the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet.


  • BENISE, Mon Oct 11 at 7PM ($69 & $66). Called "The Latin Riverdance," flamenco guitarist Benise and his Emmy Award winning cast of musicians & dancers perform an epic tale about lost love.


  • ON STAGE FOR MURDER, Sun Oct 31 at 1:30PM ($39). An interactive murder mystery on the Spencer stage starring the Cloudcroft Mystery Theatre troupe.


  • RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED Sat Nov 20 at 7PM ($69 & $66). Lobby Buffet at 5PM, ($20). Starring twin sons Matthew & Gunnar and the Stone Canyon Band, this multi-media event features Ricky Nelson's hit songs (Hello Mary Lou, Travelin' Man, GArden Party) and never-before-seen footage of TV's famed The Adventures With Ozzie & Harriet family.


  • LORRIE MORGAN ACOUSTIC Sat Nov 27 at 7 p.m. ($69 & $66). A four-time Female Vocalist of the Year, Morgan sings her many country hits (Five Minutes, Something in Red, Watch Me and What Part of No) as well as works from her latest CD I Walk Alone.


  • PLAID TIDINGS Fri Dec 3 at 7 p.m. ($59 & $56) Lobby Buffet at 5PM, ($20). The best of the hit Broadway musical comedy Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty Christmas package with loads of comedy and swinging holiday favorites.
  • THE NUTCRACKER, starring Ruidoso Dance Ensemble Sat Dec 18 at 2 PM & 7PM ($28). Original adaption of beloved Christmas classic features gorgeous sets & costumes with 50+ outstanding student & professional dancers.
  • FLYING J WRANGLERS CHRISTMAS Tues Dec 21 at 7 p.m. ($29 & $26). Western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional favorites and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs, instrumentals and homespun comedy.
  • OKLAHOMA! Sun Jan 2 at 2 PM ($69 & $66). Rodgers & Hammerstein's Tony-winning musical set in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma; People Will Say We're In Love, Oh What A Beautiful Mornin', Surrey With A Fringe On Top
  • GUILD VALENTINE SOIREE Sun Feb 13 at 6:30PM ($50). Taking place on the elegantly decorated Spencer stage, the celebration includes a gourmet three-course dinner, two complimentary cocktails and dancing to the Michael Francis Trio.


  • ALL SHOOK UP Mon Feb 14 at 7PM ($69 & $66). Features more than 24 Elvis hits, this feel-good, award-winning musical is about a stranger who kick-starts a chain reaction of romances and rebellion with his rockin' music in a small Midwestern town.


  • THE TEN TENORS Sun Feb 2 at 7PM ($69 & $66). Australia's most debonair musical export features 10 stylin' lads, opera buffa, rock-tinged zaniness and Aussie folk tunes.
  • LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL Tues Mar 15 at 7PM ($69 & $66). Lobby Buffet at 5PM ($20) A turbo-charged Broadway musical comedy about a darling sorority gal who goes for a law degree after getting dumped by her boyfriend. Stars 30 singers, dancers and orchestra musicians.


  • JOHN CONLEE Sat Mar 26 at 7 PM ($59 & $56). Swinging from sad to soulful, humorous to uplifting in a heartbeat, this singer-songwriter has a lit of sparkling country hits: Rose Colored Glasses, Lady Lay Down, Backside of Thirty, I'm Only in it for the Love.


  • THE 39 STEPS Thu Apr 14 at 7PM ($59 & $56). Where Hitchcock meets hilarious, this multi-award-winning comedy is a who-done-it that's part drama, part farce - and definitely an athletic event with over 150 character costume changes, loads of laughter, mystery & intrigue.


  • NIKKI YANOFSKY Sat Apr 23 at 7 PM ($59 & $56). Having wowed crowds from Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall, this 16-year-old recording artist has been called a "jazz kitten" for her pitch-perfect vocals, stunning nuance and emotional delivery of original tunes and favorites by Ella Fitgerald, Billie Holiday & Norah Jones.

• PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS Sat May 7 at 7 PM ($69 & $66) Lobby Buffet at 5PM ($20).  Packed with personality, this legendary rock band has been called "the greatest show band on earth" for slapstick stage antics and gold & platinum hits: Indian Reservation, Louie Louie, Ups and Downs, Hungry, Kicks. Steppin' Out.  Presented by Richard & Jocelyn Williams.


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