Review: Holly at Christmas, Stephen Jospeh Theatre, Scarborough

Holly at Christmas.
Holly at Christmas.

Let’s rock and roll. This show is a non-stop sing-along and dance-along frenzy which had the audience on its feet, jiving and yelling for more.

It starts with Buddy Holly’s That’ll Be the Day and ends with a medley of rock and roll greats – including Johnny Be Good, Let’s Twist Again, Twist and Shout, La Bamba and, Holly’s Rave On and Oh Boy!

In between is Heartbeat, Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue Got Married, Think It Over, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and Nor Fade Away.

Because it was near Snata season there were a few festive treats including Lonely This Christmas.

There were so many highlights but among them was the sell-out audience all on their feet swaying and singing, almost a capella, It’s Raining In My Heart and True Love Ways.

No need to just mouth the words or whisper them with these boys – they positively encourage audience participation.

The links between the songs – a none too serious potted biography of Buddy Holly – were funny, building up a rapport with an audience baying to be entertained – and they were not disappointed.

The visit by Buddy Holly and the Cricketers has become part of the season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and long by the tradition continue.

It is a tribute band but so much more than that with the boys being great rock and roll musicians in their own right.

Rave on – til next year.

By Sue Wilkinson