When Leeds lad Roger Rowley takes to the stage on Monday, That’ll Be The Day he completes a life-long love affair with the role of music legend Buddy Holly.
The 24-year-old has already played the 50s icon twice before in smaller productions.
But for Roger, stepping out in front of the audience at Bradford Alhambra for the start of a week-long run of Buddy will see him come full circle for the biggest moment of his career so far.
He told the YEP: “I first performed in Buddy in 2006 at Yeadon Town Hall with the local theatre company and that was what convinced me I could do it. Then I performed in a top-selling scaled down version at the Gatehouse Theatre in Highgate so Buddy has been with me now for five years. It’s been wonderful and I’m really looking forward to coming to Bradford as it’s like coming back home.”
Roger was born in Leeds and grew up in Horsforth where he attended Horsforth High School. Buddy will be his first postgraduate musical.
Roger said: “Buddy was so ahead of his time and the music is still so relevant. The production is really upbeat and fun, on a massive scale with lots of stage lighting. It does deal with Buddy’s death but it does it in a tasteful and sensitive way.”
Roger’s performance at Bradford will continue a long family performing arts tradition. His great-great-grandad was the famous music hall star J.R Rowley while his dad runs the family’s TV and film special effects company where Roger also works when he is not acting.
Buddy runs from February 28 to March 5 at the Alhambra. For more details, or to book, contact the box office on 01274 432 000