ROCKIN’ All Night

Hudson Village Theatre

August 28-September 1

Celebrating the music and lives of three of the hottest rock stars of the 50s

Buddy Holly     Richie Valens     The Big Bopper

I cannot praise this production without using words that are superlative and the total experience of being there for the opening matinee was incredible. The almost full house on a day that never stopped raining truly rocked all afternoon. The crowd, not unexpectedly, was comprised entirely of people who danced to these songs in another era. They knew the lyrics of every tune, and in many instances, the lead vocalist ceased singing and let the crowd carry on singing.

Kudos to Chris McHarge and Colin Stewart co-creators, for providing a nostalgic masterpiece. Chris McHarge has an enviable history as Artistic Director at festivals across Canada and has directed more than one hundred productions. In addition, he does the narrative that tells the audience some little known facts leading up to the sad conclusion that is the day the music died. One screen on each side of the stage shows still photography of the three artists who shaped the future of the music industry in the fifties.

Colin Stewart has worked in professional theatre as Musical Director, bandleader, and musician for nearly thirty years. He has an extensive background working with many top blues artists and an endless list of musical theatre credits. He and Chris have played to capacity crowds throughout Canada and in Europe.

Colin, on bass and vocals, is joined on the stage by John Kenny (Guitars/Vocals), Chris Dahmer (keyboards/vocals) and Todd Lafraniere (drums/vocals)

But wait. There is so much more starting with the first song performed by AARON SOLOMON who pays tribute vocally to Buddy Holly/Richie Valens, et al.  The entire package was made to measure. The band excels, the lead vocalist shines and the audience wants this show to never end. It is must-see now till September 1.

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