Hands were clapping and people were smiling. Was it because of our Hawks? No they were rockin to the sounds of Buddy Holly at the Cadillac Theatre. “Buddy” is Broadway in Chicago’ latest offering. It is a musical journey of the young man who left way before his time. It begins in a tiny radio station in Lubbock, Texas and ends tragically with a plane crash. Holly faced many obstacles in his short career such as county and white music verse black music. Each milestone of Buddy’s is played out on stage.
Andy Christopher had the task of playing the lead and he pulled it off without a hitch. Energy and characterization were only part of Christopher’s portrayal. His rock and roll voice stayed constant and I was amazed at his guitar skills. Rock and roll history was relived as Ryan G. Dunkin charmed the audience as the Big Bopper. Ryan had comic timing and great rapport with the audience. Charismatic Ryan Jagru swished and swayed as the Latin bomber, Ritchie Valens. The joint was truly jumping during “La Bamba” uniting a;; three doomed stars in the same number. Ensemble members who shine include the soulful Lacretta Nicole who belted out with “Shout” Carrie A. Johnson and Noella Hernandez play the women behind the men. Hernandez added heat in her portrayal of Maria Elena. Johnson acts and adds with her musical skills. What amazed me his how each member of this cast displayed their musical talent. Its one of the most talented casts I’ve seen in a long time.
For a rock and roll good time go check out Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Cadillac Palace Thearte but hurry its only in town for two weeks! For more info and tickets go to broadwayinchicago.com