Columbia Star

1963        Celebrating 60 Years      2023

Town Theatre brings Buddy Holly back by popular demand

Contributed by Town Theatre

Buddy Hol ly, played by Charlie Duncan

Buddy Hol ly, played by Charlie Duncan

It took us a year to do it, but we’ve reassembled the

cast, crew, and musicians and will bring Buddy, The Buddy

Holly Story back to Town for five performances. Charlie Duncan, our Buddy Holly, will then return to New York to perform in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera and for the rest…well, “it’s history.”

Get ready for two hours of some of the best rock and roll songs ever written. With songs including “Oh Boy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” “Ready Teddy,” “Not Fade Away” and “Johnny Be Good.” This is one toe–tapping show you’ll not want to miss. Town will present the stage version of Buddy’s rise and run through fame until his untimely death alongside fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Called “the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll,” Buddy Holly’s works and innovations were mimicked by musicians such as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 2004, Buddy was ranked #13 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

(L–R) Alex McCollum, Gabe Flores, Charlie Duncan, and Jason Sprankle as Buddy and the Crickets.

(L–R) Alex McCollum, Gabe Flores, Charlie Duncan, and Jason Sprankle as Buddy and the Crickets.

The young man with the glasses, played by Charlie Duncan, along with Alex McCollum, Gabe Flores and Jason Sprankle as the Crickets, will have you up and dancing in the aisles.

Buddy Holly is written by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson, directed and choreographed by Shannon Willis Scruggs, with scenic design by Danny Harrington.

Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday, March 17–20 at 8 pm, and Sunday, March 21 at 3 pm.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $17 for seniors 65+, active military, and college; and $12 for youth age 18 and under.

For tickets or information, visit Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201, or call the box office, 799-2510, or go to

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