WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Western Massachusetts is home to many talented artists. Actors, theater techs and directors, who, until 15 years ago, had very few places in which to showcase their talents. But that all changed when the Majestic Theater opened in West Springfield.
When the Majestic Theater first opened 15 years ago, it’s first production was the Buddy Holly Story. As the Majestic marks its anniversary, Buddy is back for another run.
Danny Eaton is the founder and producing director of the Majestic Theater. Danny says Buddy put the theater on the local map, “The musical, you know it’s easy for an audience to connect with this show. Not only with the music, but with the story line. It’s really accessible. And we found through the years, especially the first year when we opened the theater, we get people coming to the theater who’ve never come to the theater before. And they came here and saw Buddy and said, this is theater? This is what can happen in the theater and those people, some of those people, have become devoted patrons of the Majestic. So that’s really great. I’m so proud of that. That’s what the arts should be doing.”
Ben Ashley played Buddy in the original production 15 years ago and is back in that role, for the fourth time. He says playing Buddy and singing his music, never gets old, “The energy of it all. Once you get into the theater, especially at the end of the show with the great concert, the songs are so upbeat, you can’t help to be moving in your seat. The people are gonna love it.”
And two of the things that draw people to the Majestic are its affordability and accessibility. Eaton says, “Our top ticket price on a Saturday night in the center section is $28. You won’t find a professional theater around that comes close to that.”
Buddy’s back in town at the Majestic Theater through the end of October.