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article imageOp-Ed: The Buddy Holly experience Special

By Forstine Carter     Oct 15, 2011 in Entertainment
Greenville - The sounds of legendary rock and roll guitarist Buddy Holly filled the historic Ritz Theater in Greenville, MS, on Monday night Oct. 10. The show is in its 30th season.
"Rave On" The Buddy Holly Story" came to the historic Ritz Theatre Monday night. The show kicks off the 30th season for the Greenville Area Arts Council. The Ritz has featured a wide variety of shows spanning from Shakespeare to Patsy Cline. "Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience" is a tribute the legendary rocker and features the nation's top Buddy Holly performer, Billy McGuigan.
Billy McGuigan has received national attention and critical acclaim for his portrayals of the legendary Buddy Holly.
His audiences have continued to be awed over his sincerity and talent. The role he portrays has led him all over the United States, having appeared in over 400 performances.
In this rock and roll tour-de-force, audiences experienced all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert re-imagined which included such hits as “Peggy Sue,” “Raining in My Heart,” “It’s So Easy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “True Love Ways,” “Oh Boy” and of course, “Rave On.” But, that’s only part of it! In a unique twist, Billy as Buddy celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to his fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
The Buddy Holly Story has broken box office attendance records in six theaters across the country, catching the attention of writers and producers who chose Billy as their "Preferred Buddy Holly" in the United States.
Whoever said that rock and roll is dead, may not have come out with the same opinion of the era after visiting the the Ritz Theater show. The crowd outside and inside the theater was strong and viable. As Billy sang "Great Balls of Fire" one of Jerry Lee Lewis's hits, the crowd went wild. Dancing in the aisles, with one another and with other people, the fans didn't seem to mind who they "twist and shout" with.
A performance of Johnny B. Goode nearly brought the house down, an all time favorite made famous by Chuck Berry. The event proved to be show spectacular to fans and the Greenville Area Arts Council.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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