For whatever reason, the British are much better at appreciating the roots of rock ’n’ roll than Americans are. That’s one reason the long-running jukebox musical The Buddy Holly Story got its launch in London theaters in 1989 before becoming a global phenomenon that’s been reportedly seen by more than 22 million people. I’m one of those folks, and seeing this show turned me into a Buddy Holly fanboy for sure. The piece is a vivid reminder of Holly’s pioneering skills as a songwriter, bandleader and guitar player. The hiccuping voice from West Texas fills the show with killer songs like “Not Fade Away,” “That’ll Be The Day” and “Oh Boy,” and between energetic performances you get the story of Holly’s rise to fame through his demise in the plane crash on “the day the music died,” alongside Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
Sat, Feb. 24, at 7:30 pm • $54 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • inbpac.com • 279-7000