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Buddy Holly Appreciation Society of Ontario

That'll be the day

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A new Buddy Show (That'll be the day)


That'll Be The Day

Richard Loring's new musical production "That'll be the day" is the title of Buddy Holly's No. 1 Hit in the USA and UK, and the show tells the compelling story of this legendary pop star who was immortalized when his plane crashed in a snow storm on 3rd February, 1959.

His timeless music "Peggy Sue", "Oh Boy", "Raining in my Heart" and many more takes you on a musical journey from the USA to Hawaii to Australia and to the London Palladium in the UK, during which time he is joined on stage with the larger than life Big Bopper (Chantilly Lace) , the pelvis thrusting Richie Valens (La Bamba) , Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls of Fire) and Little Richard (Tutti Frutti).

Steven Peralta (Steven from "Project Fame") will portray Buddy Holly in this timeless classic alongside a cast of 16 including Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, Dion & The Belmonts and Jerry Lee Lewis

This show evokes tears, laughter, spontaneous applause and brings back timeless memories.

The main backdrop of the set are 6 large projection screens. The projectors are directly connected to an array of 6 Alcorn McBride Digital Video Machines (DVM2’s), which are synced together as well as to the heart of the system - an Alcorn McBride V16+ Show Controller. This Show Controller, which contains the scripted software, controls the DVM2's and receives and deciphers the operator's trigger/cue commands.

The show consists of 28 video cues, all of which are triggered by an operator backstage using a Sonic Factory 44 button Digital User Interface. This interface communicates with the Alcorn McBride V16+ via RS232, and at the press of each button, pre-programmed sequences of events are triggered, resulting in the relevant videos being played back, frame accurately in sync with each other.

A total of 168 videos, totalling 18GB are stored on the DVM2’s, which, when playing, work together to create the unique video backdrop used in That’ll be the Day.


Brian Wilson (President)
Buddy Holly Appreciation Society of Ontario
7 Brimley Road South
Tel: 416-270-0099