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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Meet the original rock and roll pioneer.

The music lives again on stage. The incredible legacy of the “young man with glasses” whose musical career spanned an all too brief period during the Golden Age of Rock and Roll, rocks on in this ever popular tribute. Follow Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from his humble country music roots to the top of the record charts. You’ll be cheering for more, with such rousing 1950s favorites as “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “Maybe Baby,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Raining in My Heart,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”. The incredibly talented cast members are also the musicians performing on stage, and we bet they will have you dancing in the aisles!

Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story

Written by Alan Janes

Preview Video of Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story

Senior Tickets: ages 60 and over, Youth Tickets: ages 17 and under and full-time students with valid ID.

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Headshot of Chris BaronChris Baron (Backstage Apollo DJ, Ensemble) Chris is thrilled to be joining the Fulton family. Recent work includes Assassins and Metamorphoses (Syracuse Red House Arts Center,) Cabaret (Bucks County Playhouse,) Mack and Mabel (Bickford Theatre) and Breaking Kayfabe (FringeNYC 2013.) Many thanks and best wishes to everybody involved and love to LR and G!



Headshot of Andy ChristopherAndy Christopher (Buddy Holly) Andy Christopher was on a path to medical school, working as an EMT in Lubbock, TX, when he fell into an audition for Buddy in 2010. The audition forced him to pick up a guitar for the first time, and he hasn’t put it down since. Fulton Theatre is amazing, this cast is incredible, and he’s so thrilled and honored to be working with both of them. National Tour: Buddy! (Buddy). Regional: Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Hank), Buddy! (Buddy), Godspell (Jesus), and Edges. He sends out many thanks to Fulton, his great team at bloc NYC, Jockey, and especially, Dad & Mom, Matt & Allie, and Keylee–for all of your love & cell phone minutes!

Headshot of Joe Cosmo CogenJoe Cosmo Cogen (Jerry Allison) Joe is thrilled to be rocking out as the Buddy & The Crickets drummer for the seventh time! He was last seen in this role on the U.S. National Tour of Buddy in the summer of 2013. Regional production highlights of Buddy include Pittsburgh CLO, The Ogunquit Playhouse, & The Eldorado Casino in Reno NV. A proud Brooklyn transplant, Joe is currently pursuing a career not only as an actor/musician, but a session, cabaret, and orchestra pit musician as well. Joe is also a founding member of the New York City based Buddy Holly tribute band The Rave-Ons who have headlined such venues as Swing 46 & BB Kings Blues Club. Please visit their website at for more information. He would like to thank his mom, dad, Liberty, and his girlfriend Lynne for all of their love & support!

Headshot of Luke DarnellLuke Darnell (Norman Petty, Ensemble) A fourth-generation performer, Luke’s family legacy includes Vaudeville, Broadway and film/tv. He was most recently seen performing the roles of Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash with the original Las Vegas cast of Million Dollar Quartet. Other favorites include The Understudy, Ring of Fire, Antony & Cleopatra, Deathtrap, premiere of bluegrass/country musical Careless Love and many productions of Buddy. Film/TV: Ghost Whisperer, General Hospital, Alien Agent. Luke has played with numerous bands and performed stunts for film/TV and in live shows.


Headshot of Margaret DudasikMargaret Dudasik (Mary Lou Sokolof, Shirley,  Ensemble) Fulton debut. Pace University ‘13: Floyd Collins (Miss Jane), City of Angels (Angel City 4). Workshops: Untitled Adam Guettel Project, Make Me Bad. Margaret is a violinist of 18 years, having represented the US at the All-Ireland World Championships seven times and touring extensively with various folk and Irish bands. Biggest thanks to everyone who made her Fulton debut possible!



Headshot of Jayson ElliottJayson Elliott (Big Bopper, Decca Producer) is happy to be making his Fulton debut and, to once again, Rock ‘n Roll alongside Buddy and Ritchie! Favorite credits include The Big Bopper in Buddy!; Dave in The Full Monty; The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz; Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls; William Barfee in 25th…Spelling Bee; Brian in Avenue Q; Jud Fry in Oklahoma; Stanley Sanders in the Smoke on the Mountain series; Jim and Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes; Moose in Crazy for You; and 2 National Tours of A Christmas Carol as The Ghost of Christmas Present. Many thanks to Marc, Donna and everyone at the Fulton, the entire Stage 9 DDO talent crew, the best mom on the planet, my beautiful fiance Karen, and YOU for supporting live theatre!! Let’s Rock ‘n Roll!!

Headshot of Lori EureLori Eure (Vi Petty, Ensemble) originally from North Carolina, is tickled pink to be performing the role of Vi Petty with this amazing cast and crew! Broadway: Cabaret, Sally Bowles/Kit Kat girl. National tour: Cabaret, The Buddy Holly Story. Regional Theatre: Wonderland, The Buddy Holly Story, We Will Rock You (Las Vegas Cast), Beehive at The Kennedy Center, Annie, and Guys-n-Dolls. TV credits include The Jay Leno Show and Spin City. Lori also performs with her old school hip hop band, Concrete Jungle. She gives much love and thanks to her incredibly supportive family, friends, and Mr. November. “Let’s Rock-n-Roll it!!!”


Headshot of Steve GagliastroSteve Gagliastro (Hipockets Duncan, Ensemble) Steve is happy to return to Buddy having performed several productions including at the Riverside Theatre, the Gateway, Flat Rock & Ogunquit Playhouses, and on the recent North American tour. Gags can also be seen as Agent Schmidt in David O. Russell’s Oscar nominated film American Hustle. Other Tours: Cinderella starring Lea Salonga, Spongebob Squarepants–The Musical (Broadway Asia); Cabaret with Andrea McCardle (NetWorks). Regional: PCLO, Theatre by the Sea, Barnstormers, Stoneham Theatre, Hanover Center for the Performing Arts, Infinity Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, Lyric Stage Co. Boston, Gloucester Stage.  Steve holds a BA in Music/Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a proud member of AEA. For Babci.

Headshot of Ryan JagruRyan Jagru (Ritchie Valens, Decca Engineer) couldn’t be happier to rock out in this production of Buddy! This is his 4th production taking the stage as Ritchie, as well as multiple performances with tribute bands across the U.S. including John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party and The Rave-On’s. You could say he was born to play this role since his father, “Sting” Ray Anthony, has been paying tribute to Ritchie and his music since before Ryan was born. Other credits: Buddy national tour (Ritchie), Altar Boyz (Juan), Disney’s Believe (Aladdin) and Ocean in a Teacup (Khalil). Love and thanks to mom, dad, Bridget and The-Mine.


Headshot of Aaron McAllisterAaron McAllister (Musical Director/Decca Musician, Ensemble; Seuss: Musical Director) is thrilled to be continuing his second full season as the resident musical director and conductor. Previously at the Fulton Theatre: The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Gypsy, Singin’ in the Rain, A Chorus Line, Joseph, Mary Poppins, and Young Frankenstein. Additionally he has musically directed and conducted more than 60 musicals around the country at theatres, which include: Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Theatre By The Sea to name a few. As a composer, Aaron has written the scores to three original musicals (lift, POPart, and Blackout), which have been developed around the country, including off-Broadway, and has contributed songs, arrangements and orchestrations to several other original theatrical works. He is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo (B.A. in vocal performance and conducting) and the University of Maryland (M.M. in conducting) and is a highly sought after vocal coach, clinician and master teacher at universities around the country. Favorite show: being married to the extraordinarily talented actress, Cary Michele Miller. Love to his families in NY and KC and heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff and leadership of the Fulton for their artistic integrity and unwavering dedication to this theatre and its community.

Headshot of Chris McBurneyChris McBurney (Clear Lake MC, Murray Deutch, Ensemble) is a NYC based actor and musician. New York Theater credits include Let It Be (Broadway), The Indian Wants the Bronx (Chashama), Possible Worlds (Manhattan Theater Source), Regionally he has performed in productions at The Guthrie Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Virginia Stage Company, The Ordway, Magic Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre Company, Queens Theatre in the Park, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and others. He is a multi-instrumentalist, and has toured with several acts, primarily as a drummer, in North America, Europe, and Japan. McBurney earned his MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater.

Headshot of Matthew J. RiordanMatthew J. Riordan (Niki Sullivan, Ensemble) Matthew is ecstatic to join the cast of Buddy! Matthew proudly holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University. He was last seen playing Eugene Fredericks in Craig’s Wife at the Drama League in NYC. He would like to thank his family, team, and friends for their love and support. Past Credits: TV: NBC’s My Kid Would Never (Lead), Off-Broadway: NYMF’S Trouble: The Musical (Chris), Smile: A New Rock Musical (Punk) Regional: Legally Blonde (Warner). Follow him on twitter! @MatthewJRiordan


Headshot of Troy Valjean RuckerTroy Valjean Rucker (Apollo Performer, Ensemble) Troy has performed off-Broadway, on European and National Tours and Regionally at Walnut Street Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, The Gateway, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Opera/Concerts: New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aretha Franklin with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. TV: Lifetime/Bio Network, History Channel, NBC, UPN, several web series. Commercials: Talero Tequila, Ford Motor Company.


Headshot of Esther StillwellEsther Stilwell (Maria Elena, Ensemble) was raised in the Ozark hills of Northwest Arkansas, received her B.F.A. from The University of Oklahoma and trained in Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.  Favorite roles include: Lady of the Lake in the first National Tour of Spamalot (dir. Mike Nichols), Super swing (understudying all 6 females) in Priscilla on Broadway, Grizabella in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Cats, Aldonza/Dulcinea, Titania, Miss Sandra, Sally Bowles, and Disney vocalist in Tokyo and the Caribbean. She loves her Arkansas family and her Manhattan TGC family with a heart full of gratitude. Psalm 63


Headshot of Jayne TrinetteJayne Trinette (Apollo Singer, Ensemble) Jayne is a highly accomplished singer, songwriter and actor from NY. Seen on National Tours of The Lion King and Caroline, or Change. Other regional credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Wiz and Little Shop of Horrors. In 2013, she also starred as Effie White in Mad Cow Theatre’s smash hit Dreamgirls. Jayne has recently created and performed two very successful cabaret tribute shows honoring Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin. Thanks to my family and the amazing Donna Drake!


Headshot of Sam WeberSam Weber (Joe B. Maudlin, Dance Captain) Sam is thrilled be rock’n the Fulton as Joe B. A Wisconsin Native and proud Brooklyn transplant, he’s spent the last two years playing Joe B. all across the country in multiple productions, including last year’s Equity National Tour. National Tours: Buddy Holly Story (Joe B.), Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo (Puppeteer); Regional Favorites: Buddy Holly Story (Joe B., Ogunquit/Gateway), Hairspray (Link, Beef and Boards), Les Mis (Pimp/Prouvaire, MSMT), Tick,Tick…BOOM!!! (Jonathan, Charleston Stage). Thanks to my amazing wife Brittany, the reason it all comes from the heart :0) And to Donna, for believing in an intern. Turn the amps to 11, and enjoy the show!

Alan Janes (Author) has written extensively for television, films and theater over a 40-year career since training at London’s world-famous Stratford East Theatre under the theatrical legend Joan Littlewood. Alan wrote and produced the soul musical 125th Street and wrote and produced the musical Jailhouse Rock based on the Elvis Presley film. In 1989, his musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story was presented in the West End and ran for 15 years. The U.K. tour of Buddy has run, with the occasional break, for almost 25 years and the show has enjoyed worldwide success, playing Broadway and four U.S. national tours, Canada, Sweden, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Holland, Singapore, Finland, Austria and Denmark. Alan was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Musical, and internationally Buddy has received many nominations and awards, including a Tony®.

Donna Drake (Director/Choreographer) Broadway: original production of A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year, The Wind in the Willows, 5678-Dance, It’s so nice to be Civilized and the original production of The 1940s Radio Hour. She is co-writer and director for the acclaimed singing string quartet, Well-Strung. Having just returned from a debut at London’s West End, Leicester Square. Awards: an Emmy nomination, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, A Mac Award Nomination, A Theatre World Award, and an Off Broadway Alliance Nomination. She choreographed Catherine Zeta Jones for the American Film Institute Awards, 2009 and The AFI 2011 honoring Morgan Freeman and starring Betty White. She directed a new children’s show; John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean.—Off Broadway, National & International tours. TV credits: The New Fangled Variety Show, Disney’s Johnny & the Sprites, AFI Awards 09,11, ABC TV’s Dear Alex & Annie, One Life to Live and The Edge of Night. Regional credits: The Wizard of Oz, starring Mickey Rooney & Eartha Kitt; Romance in the Dark, starring Jennifer Holliday; Nothing Like a Dame, BC/EFA 2004-06, All the World Is a Stage at Carnegie Hall. A Chorus Line national tour, AIDA, Chicago, Hairspray, Rent, Tommy, Damn Yankees, NEWSicle, Annie, Always, Patsy Cline, Smokey Joes Café, Sweet Charity, Honk!, Lucky Guy, Beauty & the Beast, Chess. National tour & documentary film for Varla Jean Merman, BOOBS! the Musical, Christmas with the Crawfords, Andrew Sisters Stagedoor Canteen, Snail Road, Across the Pond, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, The Buddy Holly Story, Monica’s Mixing Bowl and the New York 2012 production of The Medium, starring Jeff Roberson, aka Varla Jean Merman and John Tartaglia at 54 Below, NYC. She is currently working on a new musical called Fifth Republic. This musical was premiered at the 2011 NYMF Festival in New York City and is being developed for Broadway. Miss Drake is currently teaching Acting at Pace University, New York City.

Michael Croiter  (Music Supervisor) Mr. Croiter has either performed in, or has music directed several productions of The Buddy Holly Story. He is the drummer and percussionist for Sesame Street, on which he’s also the mixing engineer (4 Emmy Awards). Other TV: Submissions Only (producer, mixer, composer), The New Electric Company and Johnny and the Sprites (Emmy Nomination). He serves as music director for Chita Rivera and was the drummer for Broadway’s Avenue Q and Chita Rivera, The Dancer’s Life. He’s produced solo albums for various recording artists and original cast recordings of Matilda (Grammy Nomination), Big Fish, First Date, Murder Ballad, and The Burnt Part Boys, to name a few.

Robert Andrew Kovach (Scenic Designer)  is thrilled to re-join the creative team of the Fulton Theatre. He has designed shows for Off-Broadway, national tours, and regionally for theaters such as, Paper Mill Playhouse, TUTS, Fulton Opera, Phoenix Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, & others. He has Art Directed and Designed for TV, Print Ads, Corporate, and Commercials for such clients as the Food Network, General Motors, Jockey, Canon, among a few. Robert would like to thank Donna, Marc, & the entire talented Fulton Team team. Robert is a proud member of United Scenic Artists (USA 829).

Jeffery S. Koger (Lighting Designer) Jeff has been a lighting designer for 20 seasons at Maine State Music Theatre. Elsewhere: For his work with the Signature Theatre in New York, he was bestowed the presitgious Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design.” Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Capital Rep, Bob Hope Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Fifth Avenue Theatre and the Alley Theatre. Other: He has worked with playwrights Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Horton Foote.

Colleen Grady (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at the Fulton! Previous Fulton credits include: The 39 Steps, God of Carnage, Good People, Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Arsenic and Old Lace. Colleen is currently in her 17th Season as Costume Shop Manager at Walnut Street Theatre. Much thanks to Marc and Aaron. Anthony and Brittany and Kelsey, you are rock stars and it wouldn’t happen without you! Much love to husband Mark Grady. For Mom and Dad.

Anthony Lascoskie, Jr. (Hair and Makeup Designer) 15 seasons have flown by. Favorite moments include designing his first play August: Osage County and his first musical Singin’ in the Rain for the main stage. Favorite hair adventures include Dreamgirls, Sunset Boulevard and all those darn Barristers in Witness for the Prosecution. Anthony is ready to dive into this high-flying, hair-raising season!

Jacob Mishler (Sound Designer) Jacob is thrilled and grateful to be designing his 10th mainstage production for the Fulton! (Thank you Marc!!) He’s been involved in various parts of the audio industry for 20 years, moving into theatrical sound 8 years ago. His work has been heard at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, The Palace Theatre in New Hampshire, and many others including right here in Lancaster at Dutch Apple. Some favorite past designs include Chicago, The Full Monty, Cabaret, Gypsy, and The Woman in Black, to name a few. Much love to his beautiful and talented fiancé Julie!

Katelin Walsko (Props Designer/Manager) celebrates her 4th season with the Fulton! Some of her favorite credits include The 39 Steps, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Gaslight, and Joseph…Dreamcoat. A Pennsylvania native, Katelin grew up in the Pocono Mountains, attended the 2003 Governors School for the Arts, graduated with a BFA at UArts, and held an apprenticeship  with Walnut Street Theatre before moving to Lancaster. Thanks and love to the Fulton Family!

Mark Johnson (Stage Manager) Mark is thrilled to be back in Lancaster where he previously managed Sunset Boulevard, Witness for the Prosecution, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, and Mary Poppins (for which he also served as Assistant Director). Mark has managed dozens of productions in Chicago, including extensive engagements at Porchlight Theatre and the Marriott Theatre. This past winter, Mark was the stage manager for Miss Saigon and South Pacific at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida. Up next, Mark will be managing Standard Time for the Mark Stuart Dance Theatre Company at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre PA, before bringing Buddy and the boys to Maine State Music Theatre, where he will be spending his seventh summer as resident stage manager.

Rebekah Lashof (Assistant Stage Manager) Rebekah is thrilled to be returning to the Fulton this spring with two rockstar productions! Past favorite productions at the Fulton include A Chorus Line, Joseph and the Amazing…, and A Christmas Carol. Rebekah recently stage managed a beautiful new show, Twenty Seven, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Thanks to Donna, Mark, and Bryan for rocking it out and Randall for the imagination! And as always, thanks to Mom, Dad, and Pat for the unwavering love and support.

Marc Robin (Fulton Artistic Director) is honored to continue his 5th year as Artistic Director of the Fulton Theatre. Some of his favorite credits here include Les Miz, August: Osage County, Phantom, Rags, Sweeney Todd, Carousel and Treasure Island (which he co-authored with his partner Curt Dale Clark). As a freelance director and choreographer he has staged over 300 shows throughout the country. Forever Six.

Aaron A. Young (Managing Director) Aaron joined the Fulton team in 2003. After several years in shopping center marketing, Aaron decided to devote his career to furthering the careers of artists in order to break the cycle of belief that the arts are a nice hobby but not a worthwhile profession. For six seasons, he directed the marketing and management of the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Theatre, both programs of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Aaron has also served as general manager for the Missouri Repertory Theatre and marketing and corporate development manager for Kansas City’s historic Folly Theatre. A magna cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University and formerly a professional actor, singer, and pianist, Aaron now spends his free time enjoying the pursuits of his wife and daughters, serving at church, and occasionally knitting a new pair of socks. He is very pleased that the Fulton is able to provide professional wages and benefits to more than 250 artists and arts administrators every year.

Maine State Music Theatre (Co-Producer) For 56 years, Maine State Music Theatre has brought first class, Broadway-quality theatre to the picturesque town of Brunswick. The Theatre, contracted with the Actors’ Equity Association’s Council of Resident Stock Theatres (CORST), produces four main stage musicals, two children’s musicals, and three special concert events each summer at the Pickard Theater on the beautiful campus of Bowdoin College. Visit them online at

Actors’ Equity Association Founded in 1913, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the U.S. AEA’s mission is to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. AEA negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans for its members. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with the FIA, an international association of performing arts unions. AEA and the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), a national association of non-profit regional theatres, negotiated our first contract in 1966. Our goal is to foster the artistic life of both the regional non-profit theatre, and the actors who work in that theatre, by establishing methods of operation to which the individual theatres and actors subscribe in a collective and mutually beneficial relationship. Together, we are dedicated to upholding the highest artistic standards in our community.

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Act I: 1 hour 5 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes
Act II: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes

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