The Lower Ossington Theatre’s Buddy hits all the right notes
by Stuart Munro
[This article has been corrected]
Every person on stage inhabited their characters with conviction
The success of Buddy depends entirely on its leading man, and the Lower Ossington Theatre could not have done any better than they have with Eric Bleyendaal. Charming, slightly awkward, with a killer voice, excellent guitar skills, and enough personality to fill the entire stage, Bleyendaal carries this large effort squarely on his shoulders and never once buckles under the pressure of it. Even more amazingly, he is surrounded by a stellar supporting company, who all manage to rise to the same level as Bleyendaal. Naming everyone would be impossible, but Jonathan Widdifield as producer Norman Petty, Nathan Younger as the Big Bopper, and Stephanie Seaton as Buddy’s wife, Maria, all stand out.