On February 3, 1959, a plane went down in Iowa, taking the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and a dude known as the Big Bopper. Don McLean hyperbolized it as “the day the music died” in “American Pie.” It is fair to say that in an alternate universe the bespectacled Holly and his band, which at the time of his death included a guy named Waylon Jennings on guitar, might have been bigger than the Beatles before anyone outside of Hamburg had ever heard of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.  Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story  is a two-act musical that has been keeping Holly’s music alive on stages around the world since it debuted at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre in 1989. Endstation Theatre Company brings  Buddy  to the stage at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.) through July 1. There are performances every evening at 7:30 p.m (but for Monday and Tuesday when the theater is dark) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. The production stars Skip Robinson, a guy who’s played Johnny Cash in  Million Dollar Quartet  and Pig Pen in  A Charlie Brown Christmas , so he’s got some range. Tickets run from $17 to $33 and can be purchased by clicking  here . Call (434) 226-0686 for more info.

On February 3, 1959, a plane went down in Iowa, taking the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and a dude known as the Big Bopper. Don McLean hyperbolized it as “the day the music died” in “American Pie.” It is fair to say that in an alternate universe the bespectacled Holly and his band, which at the time of his death included a guy named Waylon Jennings on guitar, might have been bigger than the Beatles before anyone outside of Hamburg had ever heard of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a two-act musical that has been keeping Holly’s music alive on stages around the world since it debuted at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre in 1989. Endstation Theatre Company brings Buddy to the stage at Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.) through July 1. There are performances every evening at 7:30 p.m (but for Monday and Tuesday when the theater is dark) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. The production stars Skip Robinson, a guy who’s played Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet and Pig Pen in A Charlie Brown Christmas, so he’s got some range. Tickets run from $17 to $33 and can be purchased by clicking here. Call (434) 226-0686 for more info.