Review: The Buddy Holly Story at Kings Theatre, Southsea

Glen Joseph stars in The Buddy Holly Story.
Glen Joseph stars in The Buddy Holly Story.
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A sure sign of a good musical performance is the stinging in your palms as you leave the theatre.

As I left the opening night of Buddy at the Kings, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that had clapped so much their hands were glowing.

‘Buddy’ burst on to the stage with a plethora of hits stretching back through the whole of his career. Who knew Buddy Holly had so many recognisable songs?

And Glen Joseph played the character well, telling the story of Buddy’s fame and tragic death with compelling believability.

Not a note was out of place.

We must not forget that Buddy was not alone on that fatal flight in 1959 – the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were also on board.

Jason Blackwater and Will Pearce brought these two musical stars to life with charismatic performances. Will’s portrayal of Ritchie’s hip thrusts will surely go down in history itself.

This musical really captures the Buddy experience.

Until Saturday.