The Lied Center for Performing Arts will honor rock and roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper by bringing to the stage John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, the Official Tribute to Buddy Holly at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.
John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and is the only show endorsed by the estates of Holly, Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka the Big Bopper). Each live concert performance includes more than two hours of entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the ’50s, including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Oh, Boy,” “Rave On,” “La Bamba” and “Chantilly Lace.”
“John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party will transport audience members back in time with its spot-on portrayals of some of the most iconic rock and roll stars of all time,” said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied Center. “This month marks the 55th year since the ‘music died’ and we can’t think of a better way to honor these musical legends.”
Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” performs as Buddy Holly with Linwood Sasser beside him as the Big Bopper. Ray Anthony performs as Valens and is a renowned star of the “Legends of Rock and Roll” show at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. The authentic and energetic four-piece band (guitar, drums, stand-up bass and sax) includes Grammy Award-winning Mike Acosta on saxophone.
The Winter Dance Party show has performed in front of more than 2 million people on national television for the “Jerry Lewis Telethon,” has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada at theaters, performing arts centers, ballrooms and even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tickets starting at $28 for adults and $14 for students are available at http://www.liedcenter.org, at the Lied Center ticket office, 301 N. 12th St., or by phone at 402-472-4747.