‘Buddy’ Bops Into Wheeling

“Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” the show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including “Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “We Will Rock You” is coming to The Capitol Theatre. The Broadway at the Capitol show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

Now in its 30th year and seen by over 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, “Buddy” speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from 8 to 80 rockin’ in the aisles across the globe. Loved by critics and audiences alike, “Buddy” tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In 18 short months, the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

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Members of the multi-talented cast present two hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy” and “Rave On.”

With the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” completing a stellar musical lineup, “Buddy” is a not-to-be-missed evening of feel-good family entertainment

“When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out over 25 years later,” said Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly. “I believe this is testament to a great show — the first of its kind — and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents: a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”

Purchase tickets online, call 304-233-4470 or visit the WesBanco Arena Box Office on 14th Street.