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With original music and lyrics by Buddy Holly such as “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be The Day” BUDDY has won critical praise, broke box office records, and has played to packed houses worldwide


BUDDY – The BUDDY HOLLY Story is the hit rock ‘n’ roll musical that celebrates the life and times of rock legend Buddy Holly. Through a series of vignettes and career highlights, the musical follows Holly from his discovery in Lubbock, Texas, through his meteoric climb to the top of the charts, to his final concert with fellow rock legends Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, before the tragic plane crash that killed all three – a day immortalized in Don McLean’s “American Pie” as ‘the day the music died.’

BUDDY, with book by Alan Janes, music & lyrics by Buddy Holly, gets audiences up on their feet and dancing in the aisles with live performances of over twenty Buddy Holly hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Rave On,” and “Raining in My Heart,” as well as Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”

BUDDY made its world premiere on London’s West End in 1989, running for 12 years and playing over 5,000 performances. The show went on to achieve great international success, opening on Broadway and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Japan and South Africa.


Travis was most recently seen playing Buddy to sold out audiences in Carmel and San Jose, and he is thrilled to once again be putting on the glasses for this San Francisco run. Travis was born and raised in San Jose, and went on to receive a BA in music from Whitman College. He also studied classical voice in Vienna, Austria, never imagining he’d be using that training to sing rock ‘n roll. Favorite performances include: The 3 Musketeers at AMTSJ, Dracula: A Musical Nightmare at Sacred Fools Theatre Company, Wit at San Jose Stage Company, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Theatre on San Pedro Square, where he met his fiancee, Barbara, due to get married this October. Travis currently lives in Los Angeles.

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