Before the very first chord has even been strummed on the Duchess stage, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has extended its new London run. The rock 'n' roll musical now runs in the capital until 28 June 2008, nearly six months longer than originally planned. The decision was brought about by the overwhelming demand for tickets for the show's return to the West End.
Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly, the rock 'n' roll star who died in a plane crash at the age of 22. In a tragically short three years in the limelight – the period covered by the musical – Holly had a tremendous impact, leaving behind him timeless hits including Peggy Sue, That'll Be The Day, Heartbeat, Raining In My Heart and Oh Boy.
The show, created by writing partners Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson, first opened at the Victoria Palace in 1989. After six years, Buddy transferred to the Strand (now the Novello), where it continued to play until 2002, when it left the West End and embarked on a tour across the UK and the world.
Speaking about the show's extension, Janes said: "We are delighted that at the Duchess theatre, the man, the music and the legend will live on for the next year."
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is taking part in Kids Week 2007. There are still places available for the Rock With Buddy workshops on 21 and 28 August, at which children aged between 11 and 16 can sing and play along with Buddy and his band. .