Arlington Heights, IL – Metropolis presents the biographical rock & roll musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story July 18 – August 24, 2019.
Buddy tells the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day the Music Died.” This rocking musical features several of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away,” “Raining on my Heart,” and many more. Also featuring memorable hits from other stars of the era, including Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” The incredible but all-too-brief legacy of the young Texan with glasses, whose musical influence revolutionized the golden days of Rock & Roll, continues to live on in Buddy.
Director Joe Keefe of Glencoe is working with an extraordinarily talented cast, including local cast members Roy Brown of Prospect Heights and Lauren Romano of Glen Ellyn.
Preview performances of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Metropolis are July 18-21, 2019. Regular run performances are July 25 – August 24, 2019. Specific dates and times are listed below. Tickets are $35 for previews and $40 for regular run shows and can be purchased online at MetropolisArts.com or by visiting or calling the Box Office at 847.577.2121.
Metropolis’ cast for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story includes Travis Shanahan as Buddy Holly, and Roy Brown, Jack Morsovillo, and Kelan M. Smith as The Crickets. Other cast members include Jordan Burns, Ross Childs, Luis David Cortes, Gabriel Fries, Nicole Frydman, Jessica Miret Garcia, David Gordon-Johnson, Sara Haverty, Bre Jacobs, Brian Kulaga, Rachel Livingston, Austin Nelson, Jr., Lauren Romano, Josh Pablo Szabo, and Jasmine Lacy Young. Understudies include Nate Smith.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is by Alan Janes. Directed by Metropolis Executive Artistic Director Joe Keefe, Associate Directed by Robin M. Hughes, Music Directed by Kenneth McMullens, Choreographed by Allyssa O’Donnell. Designers are Will Coeur (Lighting/Video Designer), Eric Luchen (Scenic Designer), David Moreland (Technical Director), Rachel S. Parent (Costume Designer), Finlay Ross (Sound Designer), and Bob Silton (Properties Designer). Metropolis Production Manager is William A. Franz, Assistant Production Manager is Sarah Elizabeth Buto.
The 2018-2019 Subscription Series Sponsor is Arlington International Racecourse. Supporting Sponsor for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is Snyder Insurance & Financial Services; Costume Sponsor is Lynn & Doug Steffen. Metropolis thanks its media partner Tribune Media Group. Metropolis is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Ecolab Foundation, the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation, and The Saints Organization.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is the final show of the 2018-2019 Main Stage Subscription Series at Metropolis, bringing first class entertainment to the northwest suburbs. The 2019-2020 Subscription Series at Metropolis will include Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning classic Anything Goes (September 19 – November 2, 2019), farcical show-within-a-show Noises Off (January 30 – March 14, 2020), 11-Time Tony Award-nominated musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (May 14 – June 27, 2020), and worldwide musical sensation Mamma Mia! (July 16 – August 29, 2020). The 2019-2020 Subscription Series Sponsor is Arlington International Racecourse.
Metropolis is located in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs in downtown Arlington Heights at the intersection of Campbell and Vail Avenue (111 West Campbell Street). Street parking is available. Free parking is available in the public garage behind the theatre. For more information about Metropolis and a complete performance schedule, visit MetropolisArts.com or call the Box Office at 847.577.2121.
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre provides professional entertainment and arts education, enriching our community.
Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Friday, July 19, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 3:00 & 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Thursday, July 25, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Friday, July 26, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, July 27, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, July 28, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 1, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Friday, August 2, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 3:00 & 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 8, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Friday, August 9, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, August 10, 2019 3:00 & 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, August 11, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Friday, August 16, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, August 18, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Friday, August 23, 2019 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:00 & 7:30 P.M.