Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
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Director | Jason Cannon
Movement | Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | Spiff Wiegand
Scenic Design | Axis Studios
Costume Design | Susan Angermann
Lighting Design | Ben Rawson
Sound Design | Thom Korp
Properties Design | Madelaine Burgess
AEA Stage Manager | Roy Johns
AEA ASM | Chris Warren Murry
AEA ASM (Replacement)| Sophie Antovel
Intern ASM | Zachary Sayre
Dance Captain | Monica Rodrigues
Buddy | Michael Sean Perrie Jr.
Joe, Music Director | Spiff Wiegand
Jerry | Seth Eliser
Maria Elena and Others | Monica Rodrigues
Vi Petty and Others | Danielle Erin Rhodes
The Big Bopper and Others | Jimmy Lewis
Marlena and Others | Jannie Jones
Richie Valends and Others | Armando Gutierrez
Hipockets and Others | Ryan Halsaver
Tyrone and Others | Troy Valjean Rucker
SETH ELISER (Jerry A.) was most recently seen in Florida Studio Theatre’s production of Light My Fire—a ‘60s-‘70s cabaret about the music that inspired a generation of change. Past credits include: Nat’l Tour: The Lightning Thief 2x, The Music Man. Cruise: Disney Magic. Regional: Once 4x (Weston Playhouse/FST/ Northern Stage/ Bucks County Playhouse), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Weston Playhouse), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (TBTS), Million Dollar Quartet (Fireside), Hairspray (NCT).
ARMANDO GUTIERREZ (Ritchie Valens & Others) is so grateful to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane) and Wonderland: Alice’s Rock n Roll Adventure (Atlantic Theater Company). Regionally at the Cincinnati Playhouse on the Park, People’s Light Theater, John W. Engeman Theater, Penguin Rep, Forestburgh Playhouse and Chance Theater. His band, Saddlemen, is a Brooklyn-based trio with music available on all streaming platforms. IG: @saddlementheband
RYAN HALSAVER (Hipockets Duncan & Others) is thrilled to make his Florida Studio Theatre debut! Favorite stage credits include Once (Eamon) at Bucks County
Playhouse, Shakespeare in Love (Robin/Lady Capulet) at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Andrew Senior/John Calhoun) at SpeakEasy Stage Company. For more information, visit ryanhalsaver.com
JANNIE JONES (Marlena & Others) most recently received critical acclaim for a role she co-created in Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow at Capital Rep. She also revived the role at FST in 2019, where Ethel premiered in 2005. Broadway/Off-Broadway/1st National Tours: The Full Monty (U/S Georgie), Hair (Dionne) at Carre Theatre in Amsterdam, Mama I Want to Sing (Sis. Carrie), and Faith Journey (Traci). She was last seen in Sarasota in her role as Caroline in Caroline or Change at WBTT. Regional Theatre: Lena Younger in Raisin (WBTT), Guitar Girls (FST), Blue Suede Shoes (FST), and Gathering Blue, where she created the role of Annabella (Mt. Gretna Theatre).
JIMMY LEWIS (The Big Bopper & Others) is excited to be making his FST debut with Buddy. Other credits include: Disney on Classic Frozen in Concert Japanese Tour, Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic, The Producers (Theater by the Sea), Buddy, Spelling Bee, Annie, Forum, Chicago, Oklahoma (Highlands Playhouse). Jimmy also served as the Assistant Artistic Director for the 2021 season at the Highlands Playhouse.
MICHAEL SEAN PERRIE JR (Buddy Holly) Michael is an NYC-based Actor/Playwright/Composer originally from Baltimore, MD. National Tour: Million Dollar Quartet and Buddy. Favorite NYC/Regional credits include: Matilda (Mr. Wormwood), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Buddy (Buddy Holly), MDQ (Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Sam Phillips), The Music Man (Marcellus), Beauty & The Beast (Mons. D’Arque), One Man, Two Guvnors (Alan). Other projects: History’s The Food That Built America, and acclaimed podcasts; “Bite Sized Broadway” and “Spencer Robelen Presents.” www.michaelperriejr.com
DANIELLE ERIN RHODES (Vi Petty & Others) is thrilled to be performing Vi Petty for the 5th time! This music never gets old! Other favorite roles include: Fantine in Les Miserables; Rizzo in Grease; Nancy in Oliver!; Gladys in Pal Joey; Topeka in Swingtime Canteen; and, The Suspects in Murder for Two. She is an ISSA award
winner for vocals 2021, performing “Bluesy” at Carnegie Hall, and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
MONICA RODRIGUES (Maria Elena & Others) Monica is a New York City-based actress excited to return to the stage in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for the third time. Her notable credits include Deborah Chessler in Soul Harmony (Uptown Performing Arts Center), Maria Elena in Buddy Holly (Palace Theater NH), and Lulu in Cabaret (Winnipesaukee Playhouse). She spent most of the pandemic teaching young artists Musical Theater online and is ecstatic to be performing live again on the Florida Studio Theatre stage.
TROY VALJEAN RUCKER (Tyrone & Others) Off- Broadway: Romeo & Bernadette. Pre-Broadway: August Rush. Select Regional: Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), Angels
In America (Belize), The Scottsboro Boys (Haywood), Shrek (Donkey), Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore), Little Bunny Foo Foo. Actors Theatre Of Louisville, The Muny, Walnut Street Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Paramount Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit PH, Maine State MT. National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar. Europe: International Symphony Orchestra. Opera/Concerts: Carnegie Hall, NYC Opera, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aretha Franklin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Onscreen: Film, Television, Commercials, Print, Web Series.
SPIFF WIEGAND (Joe M. & Music Director) was born in Northern Kentucky with two thumbs on his right hand and plays over 20 instruments. Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt have lip-synced to his yodeling and his accordion playing was featured on John Oliver. He was once a “mark” on What Would You Do? He did the right thing. He is an accomplished recording engineer, and is noted for one-manband performances of his own songs, in which he plays up to seven instruments at once. National Tour: War Horse (accordionist). New York: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane), New York Animals by Steven Sater (Bedlam Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience). Regional: Indecent (Palm Beach Dramaworks, Pittsburgh Public), Ring of Fire (Actors Playhouse Miami, Infinity Annapolis), Woody Sez (People’s Light, Houston Stages), Mark Twain’s River of Song (Milwaukee Repertory). You can find his videos on Youtube.
New York Times
“Golden oldies pounded out the way they used to be”
“A thrilling evening of theater and music”
“A darn-tootin’ good time”
“You’ll have a blast”
DC Metro Theater Arts
“Never-ending stream of hits”
“Keeps the audience tapping their toes for hours”
“The world’s most successful rock ’n’ roll musical”
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