Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 2 2008
Phone: 312-642-2000
Price: $45-$55
The score may consist of Golden Oldies like "That'll Be the Day," but this musical biography of pioneering rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly burns with youthful immediacy. Director Tammy Mader's crisp production--a hit last season at Drury Lane Theatre's Oakbrook Terrace outpost--stars Justin Berkobien, whose understated honesty is well suited to its intimate new venue. Wielding a vintage Fender Stratocaster, Berkobien doesn't impersonate Holly so much as channel him. His performance illuminates the intense artistic commitment that made the gawky, bespectacled Texas youth into an internationally famous singer-songwriter before his death at the age of 22. The supporting cast is excellent, and music director Malcolm Ruhl's arrangements highlight Holly's innovative, enduringly influential fusion of country, black, and Latino idioms. --Albert Williams


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