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Monday, March 26, 2007

Looking Back Is Fly

posted by on March 26 at 13:11 PM

5thave.jpgThe 5th Avenue Theatre’s run of Buddy ended a few weeks ago. Billy Joe Huels takes a few moments to look back on his role playing Buddy Holly:

First of all, anything off the top of your head about it?
Billy Joe: After years of sweating it out in rock clubs, I finally reached my true demographic audience: 65- to 80-year-old ladies.

How was the last performance compared to the first one?
I think the first performance was crisp. I focused on all the important details, like tucking in my shirt and tying my shoelaces between scene changes. I was so relaxed by the end of my run that I didn’t even bother to zip my fly before singing “True Love Ways” to Maria Elena.

What was your relationship to the character like at the end? Did it change as you went along?
It was like I was a guy portraying a dead musical legend in a theater production. I think my relationship with Buddy Holly is still the same, but we haven’t spoken in a while.

Did you ever get sick of the songs?
No .

Have you gotten out of character yet?
I think so, but my wife still complains when I scream out Peggy Sue in the middle of the night.

Looking back at it, what was the hardest thing about it? What did you like the most?
Acting. Acting.

How do you summarize the experience?
It was the highlight of my 76-year-old dad’s life.

Did you take any notes along the way?
Yes. Never upstage the veteran actors, and always check your fly before sitting down to perform a love song in front of 2,000 people.

Do you still have the Buddy glasses?
Yes. The fine folks at the 5th Avenue Theatre put my prescription in them and gave them to me.

What would Buddy be doing if he were still around?
He would probably be starring in The Buddy Holly Story.

Video Interview w/Billy Joe from before.

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Come on, dude, you gotta check the fly. Any junk hang out? That happened to me in math class. I was at the chalkboard. My long division was kind of a love song though.

Posted by ooh | March 26, 2007 2:13 PM
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That is why I have a no pant rule. If you don't wear pants, then you don't have to worry about things like zipping the flay.

Posted by pants | March 26, 2007 5:29 PM

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