L-R James Fairchild, Michael Perrie Jr & Matthew Cardenas

After successful tours in 2015 and 2016, The Buddy Holly Story – the show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, and We Will Rock You – is coming to the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas campus Thursday, March 29.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m.

The show is an addition to the regular season schedule for Reynolds and is a fundraiser for the Main Stage Education Series, which provides live performing arts experiences for young students. Main Stage is supported solely by donors, sponsors and ticket sales. Proceeds from ticket purchases will go directly to supporting Main Stage.

Buddy tells the tale of the musical icon’s rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In 18 short months, the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

Boasting a multi-talented cast, together they present two terrific hours of music with over 20 of Holly’s greatest hits, including the timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.

With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of feel-good family entertainment.

“We don’t usually add performances to our schedule mid-season, but a portion of the ticket sales for Buddy will go to supporting Main Stage, our educational series,” Reynolds Director Amanda Horton said. “We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring a high-quality, rocking show to Reynolds and raise money for students to learn from and enjoy the arts.”

Tickets range from $30-$40 for the general public and $10 for students and children. Call UCA Ticket Central at 501-450-3265 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or toll free from anywhere in Arkansas at 1-866-810-0012 or visit

For additional information, contact Horton at 501-450-3682 or

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The College’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit or call 501-450-3293.