Stories & Cast Interviews
A Director's Insight!
Victoria Bussert, the director of our upcoming production of BUDDY, could not have put it more eloquently:
"Buddy Holly was labeled a "giant" on one of his album covers - an odd description for a skinny, slightly gawky young man from Lubbock, Texas. He did not inspire the awe and fan insanity that Elvis Presley did; nor was he able, like Chuck Berry, to stand above the fray and comment upon it. His hold on his many fans may be explained by his simple humanity. Though he was a star, he still sounded and looked like a regular guy, refusing to allow himself or his music to be altered or glamorized. Buddy Holly's life was an enactment of the American dream, a real life rags to riches story. His music was fresh and new and spoke directly to his own generation. This was music that rallied against the artificiality of pop; it was a return to writing that was more basic and sincere, music that had the emotion, energy and spontaneity that modern adult life seemed to lack. This is a story that deserves to be told. Buddy was a brilliantly gifted and influential musician as well as an intriguing and complicated young man who remained true to himself in every aspect of his short life. Buddy Holly may not have been a giant, but in many ways he was a hero."
Some footage of Buddy himself! Oh, Boy!
Pat McRoberts tunes up for Buddy!!
Pat McRoberts as BUDDY
Pat McRoberts will rock out on the WBT stage on Valentine's Day, when BUDDY, The Buddy Holly Story, opens! Pat, with the signature thick glasses and hot guitar, will take on "Buddy” here at WBT! He performed the role on National Tour and recently at the Carousel Dinner Theatre. Pat starred as “Chris” in MISS SAIGON on Broadway and in Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver, Denver, Cleveland and Detroit. Other Regional productions include MAN OF LA MANCHA (Long Wharf) RING OF FIRE: The Johnny Cash Musical (Studio Arena) HAIR, FOREVER PLAID (Downtown Cabaret) MY WAY: A Musical Tribute To Frank Sinatra (Gateway Playhouse) PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES (Carousel) WEEKEND COMEDY (Totem Pole) PRELUDE TO A KISS (Chicago) WMKS: Where Music Kills Sorrow(Barter, Fulton Opera House, Missouri Repertory) ON THE ROAD (Florida Studio) ANYTHING GOES(Arkansas Repertory) I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! and Yoko Ono’s NEW YORK ROCK off-Broadway and on Capitol Records. TV credits include recurring roles on ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS. Pat has a B.A. in Music from Otterbein College.
"Golden oldies pounded out the way they used to be. The charm of Pat McRoberts builds to manic energy with agility to spare.” - The New York Times
“McRoberts is Holly in every nuance. This is an amazing performance! Repeat... THIS IS AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE!” -The Times Newspapers
"Holly and his music live on through Pat McRoberts”. -Cleveland Scene.
“McRoberts is everything a leading man should be — talented, charming and handsome. His performance is worth the price of admission.”-The Westside Leader