Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

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Experience the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from “That’ll Be the Day” hitting the airwaves in 1957 to “The Day The Music Died” two years later. With over a dozen of Holly’s greatest hits brought to life by performers playing their own instruments, Buddy celebrates the legend who changed the face of Rock & Roll forever. Featuring Holly’s “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” and “Oh Boy,” plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story by Alan Janes will play beginning November 3, 2021 in FST's Gompertz Theatre. Subscribe and see Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story plus three more Mainstage shows for as little as $69!

Run Time: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission

FOR YOUR SAFETY: The health and safety of our Patrons, Staff, Volunteers, and Artists is of the greatest importance to FST. Therefore, we will be following all CDC guidelines. For the most up-to-date list of protocols we are taking to ensure your safety, please click here. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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New York Times
“Golden oldies pounded out the way they used to be”

Huffington Post
“A thrilling evening of theater and music”

Chicago Tribune
“A darn-tootin’ good time”
“Rockin’ happiness”
“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”
“High energy”

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Does love at first sight exist? Maria Elena, Buddy Holly's wife, sure thought so.  I  READ MORE

With the release of "That'll Be the Day," Buddy Holly was catapulted to fame. What happened while he was on top of the world?  I  READ MORE

Watch Buddy Holly and The Crickets perform "Peggy Sue" on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957  I  WATCH

What made Buddy Holly a trailblazer, paving the way for the like of The Beatles and other Rock & Roll musicians?  I  READ MORE 

Learn more about Buddy Holly's life and legacy on his hometown of Lubbock, Texas  I  READ MORE

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There are plenty of parking options available when you visit Florida Studio Theatre, including two adjacent parking lots and three nearby parking garages, plus on-street parking.

Watch the video below to find a convenient place to park while you enjoy the theatre.

Getting Here:

FST's Gompertz Theatre is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside FST's Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. For a map of FST buildings and venues, please see below. For more information, please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

Handicap Drop Off:

For FST's Gompertz Theatre: Handicap drop off is at the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue.

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

Campus Parking Map