Buddy Holly takes last bow at Palace Theatre, opens season

MANCHESTER – "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" will surely make your day as it opens the Palace Theatre’s 2015-16 season.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 11 and running through Saturday, Oct. 3, "Buddy" will bring all of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits back to life as the show explores his artistic triumphs and untimely death. This musical celebration of the young Texan who changed rock and roll forever will kick off a truly exciting season of professional, musical theatre in downtown Manchester.

Tickets are currently on sale for the entire season, and now is the time to book to ensure the best seats by calling 668-5588 or going online at palacetheatre.org.

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" follows Buddy Holly and the Crickets as they top the charts with "That’ll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue" and then struggle for financial independence from their manager and record label.

Audiences will enjoy hits from the 1950s like "La Bamba," "Shout," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and "Johnny B. Goode" all the while following the life story of one of the greatest rock and roll performers of all time.

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" and all the professional shows are directed and choreographed by resident artistic director, Carl Rajotte. Going on his fifteenth season at the Palace Theatre, Rajotte promises this season will have something for everyone and will bring laughs, music, and amazing dancing to the Palace stage.

After the rollicking good time of "Buddy," the Palace Theatre’s season continues on Oct. 23 with the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky world of "The Addams Family" musical. Fun for the whole family, this show follows the gruesome cartoon family as they meet the parents of Wednesday’s boyfriend and try to act ‘normal.’

The Palace Theatre will finish out 2015 with their traditional holiday offerings of "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol" and will then begin 2016 with the hilarious cross-dressing tale of nuns holding a fundraiser for their parish in "Nunsense: A-Men!" which runs Jan. 22-Feb. 13.

For those that like big bands, big guitar solos, and big hair, "Rock of Ages" follows a small town boy as he makes his way in the world of 1980s hair bands. This show will rock audiences from March 4-26.

April showers bring the classic musical about the advent of talking movies "Singin’ in the Rain" to the Palace Theatre as it runs from April 15-May 7.

Lastly, in the month of June another toe-tapping musical based on a film comes to the Palace Theatre as "Billy Elliott: the musical" dances across our stage out of his mining town and into the world of ballet. This uplifting story runs from June 3-25.

Tickets are on sale now for all the professional shows that make up the Palace Theatre’s exciting 2015-16 season which is sponsored by Citizens Bank.

Prices range from $25-$45 for most performances. Call or visit the box office today at 668-5588 or www.palacetheatre.org for more information on all shows and to book the best seats.