All of my love – all of my kissin’
you don’t know what you’ve been a-missin’
When I was a kid, I fell in-love with everything 50s. It could have been because Back to the Future was such a big hit. Or maybe it was because of the movie Stand By Me (was that the 60s?). I used to love going to Jukebox Johnny’s on Broadway and Cambie (remember that place?) because it felt like an old 50s diner. My favourite book of all time is The Catcher in the Rye. I fell in love with James Dean even though, to this day, I have never watched one of his movies.
For some reason, my love of the 50s never left me: a few years ago, my husband and I made a trip to Memphis, visiting Graceland and Sun Records – and apparently handling the microphone that Elvis used to record his first songs all those many years ago.
So it’s no surprise that I know the words to at least a dozen Buddy Holly songs. And when I found out that the Arts Club was putting on Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, it was only natural that I’d want to see their latest production.
I’m pretty familiar with Buddy Holly’s bio simply because I’ve seen The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey and released in 1978. Busey has a quality in that movie that makes me think of him more like Buddy Holly than Buddy Holly himself.
Zachary Stevenson’s portrayal of Buddy Holly has that same quality: he seems to match if not replace, for a moment, the legend himself. For these few hours, Zachary Stevenson is Buddy Holly. He’s simply electric.
The cast took us through all the best of Buddy Holly’s repertoire from Peggy Sue to Peggy Sue Got Married and including Words of Love, Heartbeat, Maybe Baby, Everyday and more. It’s actually staggering how much Buddy Holly produced in the short 18 months before his untimely death.
This is a performance to take your kids to. The plot hums along at a quick pace and not only is the music accessible, but it’ll have your kids clapping their hands and tapping out a beat. I swear every eight-year-old will freak out over Michael Scholar Jr. singing La Bamba as Riche Valens. If your performance is anything like the one I went to, they may even be dancing in the aisle.
Think you’re not a Buddy Holly fan? I promise you’ll not only be entertained, but you’ll rave on!
Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Story
Presented by The Arts Club Theatre Company. Now playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 11, 2010.