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The Big Bopper (James Turano) and Buddy Holly (Josh Solomon) headline their last concert in  Clear Lake, Iowa, in Village Players Theatre’s production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.

The Crickets – Buddy Holly (Josh Solomon), Jerry Allison (Daniel J. Rosenthal), and Joe B. Mauldin (Riley Thomas) – rock on in Village Players Theatre’s production of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.

The Buddy Holly Story at Village Players Theatre
review by Ed Vincent

The tale begins with a young singer and a local friend who
is the main DJ at KDAV radio in Texas.  The time for Rock and Roll has not hit this area of Texas, in terms of the
taste of the
adults.  The kids were already prepared for the new music, a
music that was often called "black" music.  This interactive
tale of the life and struggles of Buddy Holly is a grand musical
history lesson wrapped with great music and fantastic portrayals
of all the major characters in the life of Buddy Holly.

The sound is loud and the some of the regular attendees who
might be of an elderly  persuasion might want to think about
some cotton balls in the ears.  The songs are great today and
they were even greater in their day, the lyrics are timeless and
some of the details are evocative of many of our younger
times and reminisces.  When the show was over I went to and bought several Buddy Holly cds for myself.
Holly wrote some fine lyrics with a heavy rock beat and at
times some ballad work as well. 

The dancers, musicans, staging, and singers - from Josh Solomon; as Holly; Jim Turano; as the Big Bopper; to
Scott Gryder; as Richie Valens; will have you believing in
time portals or illusions of yesteryear.

A very engaging show loaded with nastalgia for many,
and great performances for all.  Village Players Theatre
continues to entertain and show new heights of drama
and success.  You will love this show......



Show directed by Broadway Casting Director
and Choreographer Janet Louer

OAK PARK, Oct. 2, 2007 -- "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story", a musical celebration of legendary singer/songwriter, will take center stage at the Village Players Theatre, Oct22- Nov. 18, under the direction of renowned Broadway casting director and choreographer Janet Louer. Louer, who joined the Village Players as casting director this fall, was choreographer for the Broadway touring company of "Buddy" in 1990.

Buddy Holly's brief legendary life is captured in this show, along with his unique characteristics of innocence, determination, humor and charm. Holly became a star in 1957, but was killed in a plane crash two years later. Other famous rock singers, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, the "Big Bopper," also died in the crash. As the legend says, "it was the day the music died."

Holly is played by talented Chicago musician and singer Josh Soloman, who is currently working on pop/rock album "Missteps" with his band "The Empty Pockets." Soloman is the artistic director of Chicago's One Theatre Company, where he has directed "The Wiz" and "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown."

"Josh brings the exact right qualities to the role," says Louer. "He's charming, talented and has accomplished a great deal at such a young age."

All of Janet Louer's awards and credits are too numerous to name. She appeared in national Broadway tours for "Damn Yankees," "Dash of Spirits," "Goodbye Tiger" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Besides "Buddy," she also handled choreography for the Broadway productions of "The Secret Garden," "Once on This Island," "Barnum" and "Into the Woods." In 1992, she won a Jeff Citation Award for Best Choreography for the national tour of "Buddy."
Before coming to Chicago, Janet was a casting director in New York City for Broadway shows, as well as film and television programs. She was responsible for casting Broadway productions including "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aida," "West Side Story," "Chicago" and others.

Since relocating to Chicago, she has worked as a casting director and film and television agent. Louer recently cast the actors for the Ravinia production of "Gypsy," starring Patti LuPone. She presently owns LTM Management, which is a talent agency for entertainers such as Tony Award Winner Heathery Headley. Besides her work at Village Players, she also is a talent coach for up and coming entertainers of all ages.

Village Players Theatre, located at 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1959. The theatre promotes the arts through theatrical productions and educational programs that encourage cultural understanding and embrace diversity in the Village of Oak Park and the surrounding communities. Each production features some of the area's most promising and talented professional performers and designers. Village Players Theatre is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres and the West Suburban Theatre Connection

Tickets for "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" are $22 for adults and $18 for students and seniors, and can be purchased by calling 708/524-1892. The Cast Preview Party on opening day is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 22, matinee show. The cost is $27 for the Preview Party and includes a champagne reception and an opportunity to mingle with the actors.

Here are the dates for Buddy Holly:

Preview Fri. Oct. 20 & Sat. Oct 21 at 8pm

Opening:    Sunday Oct 22 at 3pm
Special Matinee: Wednesday Oct 25 at 1pm

Thursday Oct. 26th, 11/2, 11/16 at 8pm
Friday Oct. 27, 11/3, 11/17 at 8pm
Saturday Oct. 28, 11/4, 11/18 at 8pm
Sunday Oct. 29, 11/5 at 3pm

Village Players Theater
 1010 West Madison
Oak Park, Illinois

Special Group discounts are available. 

Call 1-708-222-0369 for ticket reservations 
and 708-524-1892 for group and/or more information.

Village Players Theatre is a non-equity professional 
theater located in Oak Park, IL at 1010 W. Madison St – 
North of 290 and East of Harlem Ave.

This is the Village Players 41st Season of quality