Monday 25 March 2019

Buddy the Musical wows sold out crowds at The Presentation Centre

The story of Buddy Holly brought to life in front of sold-out crowds each night at The Presentation Centre

Cast members pictured at ‘Buddy’ The Buddy Holly Show, in aid of Pieta House, in The Presentation Centre
Cast members pictured at ‘Buddy’ The Buddy Holly Show, in aid of Pieta House, in The Presentation Centre
Josephine Kavanagh, Maeve McCauley and Geraldine O’Neill enjoying the show ‘Buddy'

Pádraig Byrne

The Presentation was well and truly rockin' as yet another successful run of 'Buddy the Musical' came to a conclusion last week. Such had been the overwhelmingly positive reaction to last year's production and such was the demand for tickets, that organisers opted to put together another run this year with Pieta House once again as the beneficiaries of the money raised.

Word seemed to have spread from last year and each night the cast and crew were delighted to welcome packed houses to witness a mix of everything - music, dance, drama and comedy - all rolled into one. A huge amount of work went into ensuring that this was a faithful production of the hit musical and everything was spot on from the costumes and choreography to the musicianship and the casting which saw Kildare rock n' roll musician Donagh 'Cado' Cadogan reprise the title roll of Buddy Holly - looking and sounding remarkably like the famous, bespectacled rock n' roll hall of famer.

The show follows the meteoric rise and tragic demise of cult hero Buddy Holly, working its way through a catalogue of hits up until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1959. A real roller-coaster, it went from having the audience laughing and dancing in the aisles, to pin-drop silence as Buddy's death was announced.

Producer Adrienne Murphy was over the moon with how things went. 'Every single night was sold out,' she said. 'There was even a waiting list for tickets. We didn't think it was possible, but it was even better than last year. We couldn't have done any of it without the wonderful cast, particularly Donagh who was travelling up and down from Naas even for rehearsals, and the wonderful team we had behind us. We just couldn't believe how well it came together.'

Having fundraised extensively in advance to put the production on, every cent raised through ticket sales will go directly towards Pieta House and Adrienne is hopeful that they will be able to present a significant sum to the charity in the coming weeks.

Enniscorthy Guardian