Doobie Brothers (Anything) for the Lake Celebration on the 27th of May. How long are you there?
My husband and I came to the last showing of Life & Music of Hank Williams.
I grew up listening to Hank because my dad listened to him. He always had a
country station on when we were riding as little girls in the car with him, and
listening to you sing, gave me a gift of “being” with him once again.
Thank you for using your gifts, so that others can remember their loved ones
and feel their presence one more time.
I saw you last year at Totem Pole as Hank Williams and Sunday as Buddy Holly. You are magic. Both shows were great but the Buddy Holly show was just pure magic. I congratulate you on a job well done.
Wow, what a great show in Strasburg last night! First time I ever heard you and your band! My girlfriends are big fans and they have talked about how great the music is! I finally made it there and really had a blast! I am sure we will see you again real soon! Love the choice of music! I am a 70’s girl!
Great show in W’stock last night! VERy tight and focused. Lots of talent in there Best wishes!
Buddy Holly Rises from the Blizzard Review by David Sackrider Rock’n’roll legend has it that Buddy Holly died when a plane carrying him, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper crashed in a snow storm at Clear Lake, Iowa, in 1959. In time, people around here might say that Buddy Holly rose again from this winter’s legendary snowstorm thanks to The Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Virginia. Warner Crocker and the team at Wayside have overcome the H1N1 pandemic, sidestepped the whims of the Elvis Presley estate, and even prevailed over the snowiest winter in northern Virginia history by producing a rollicking rendition of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” Their efforts, once again, have paid off. In “Buddy” writers Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson tell the short and familiar story of Holly’s ascendance into rock’n’roll glory. They rely primarily on the music Holly created during his brief career, inserting enough narrative to provide a few moments of drama, and quite a few more of comedy. Except for relating the genesis of “True Love Ways” they have not forced Holly’s song catalog to relate to the biographical flow of their book. Janes and Bettinson wisely allow Holly’s life story to run parallel to the evolution of his music without assuming that the songs describe his particular life. The songs do, however, describe the lives of so many that were young during the nineteen-fifty’s. The songs performed in “Buddy” appear over and over in our cultural memories of the time when rock’n’roll established itself as a valid alternative to big bands, country and western, and the pop Velveeta of Perry Como, Henry Mancini and Pat Boone. The courage of musical creators like Holly threw open the windows through which we hear the wonderful variety of popular music available today. But enough of an aging reviewer attaching significance to the era of his youth. This production provides a glorious opportunity for Wayside’s performers to exhibit their musical talents. Robbie Limon reprises the Buddy Holly roll from three years ago. His singing and guitar playing have never been in doubt, and his dramatic skill has continued to improve as he becomes more comfortable and capable, broadening the range of his performance. Limon is the lynchpin of the performance – front and center for most of the show. This time out he shoulders the load with ease. The always-amazing aspect of a musical production at Wayside is how ably the company’s actors take to vocal and instrumental performance. We have to assume that musical director Steve Przybylski, himself an accomplished musician, teaches music at a master level. As an example, Crocker and Przybylski tapped Dacia Dick, who has interned on stage with Wayside and now serves as the company’s administrative assistant, as a backup singer and part-time drummer. She handled it all, literally, without missing a beat. Vaughn Irving has cranked up his Richie Valens roll a notch over the 2007 production as he delightfully wriggles his way through “La Bamba” which generates peak energy from the entire ensemble. Richard O. Follett’s rendering of The Big Bopper includes a full-bore version of “Chantilly Lace” that also gets everyone stirred up. Catherine Lovejoy has dressed the cast authentically and in a manner that brings out an interesting point. The fashions of the early rock era do not age nearly as well as its music. Buddy Holly was, and still is, all about the music. Enjoy.
i just wanted to drop you a quick line to say we cant wait till tonite you will be playing in Strasburg at 7.. Also i wanted to let you know that i have a 12 year old son who is so very m uch inspiried by you.. he got to play with you last mayfest in strasburg which made him so happy. he now is trying to play music he has 2 guitars he trys so hard.. he is hopig to see you tonite. he siad to me after he got to play with you \”momma i wanna be just like him\” so if you get a min tonite can you say hello to him.. thanks for making a dream for my lil boy. he is really liking this music stuff, may god bless.. your fans from strasburg,
Robbie, We are the age that loves and appreciates the music of Buddy Holly. Your rendition of his story is wonderful. We have seen your performance twice- each run at the Wayside Theater- and loved each show. Thank you for sharing your talent with the people here in the Shenandoah Valley.
See Buddy Holly A Second Time for Only $10. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is one of the most popular shows in Wayside Theatre’s history. Many customers come back multiple times to relive the music and the magic of Robbie Limon’s performance. To make it easier for rock and roll fans to see the show more than once we’re offering customers who have seen the show once at full price a return ticket for only $10.
February 19, 2010: This production provides a glorious opportunity for Wayside’s performers to exhibit their musical talents. Robbie Limon reprises the Buddy Holly roll from three years ago. His singing and guitar playing have never been in doubt, and his dramatic skill has continued to improve as he becomes more comfortable and capable, broadening the range of his performance. Limon is the lynchpin of the performance – front and center for most of the show. This time out he shoulders the load with ease
Hello Robbie, Thank you so much for autographing your picture Saturday evening at the Wayside. What a fantastic show filled with golden memories from yesteryear. Gosh, Buddy Holly would be proud of you. This is the second time we’ve seen you perform this show and we’re looking forward to more of your appearances. Can’t wait to see you as Hank Williams, Sr., somewhere in the Valley. We’ve got your card with the web site address. Kudos to the Buddy Holly cast. What a talented and versatile group of actors and musicians.
Wayside Theatre brings back Robbie Limon in the title role and demonstrates once again how getting it right can be, in the words of Mark Twain, the difference between “lightning bugs and lightning” Mr. Culpepper Star Review… “Limon, a formidable musician in his own right, channels the Buddy Holly we want to know — the spirit, the voice, the passion, and the wit — and delivers a slam-dunk performance. Surrounded by a top-drawer cast of musicians and performers playing multiple roles in the life of Buddy Holly, Limon is the gem in an all-platinum setting.”
> message: Dear Robbie, > Your deliverence of “Buddy Holly” @ Wayside was absolutely wonderful! From beginning to end – every piece & part. You & the entire cast were such a joy to behold. Your music was wonderful – transported us – made our hearts soar. Thank you all for a wonderful evening.
Hi Robbie, The new Buddy show is outstanding. It was quite an experience to sit in the audience and listen to the music — our friends totally enjoyed the evening as well. I’ll do what I can to help promote this wonderful production. There is so much that is so good about that theater group. Break a leg, man!!!
Robbie, Wonderful show last night!! Thanks for the guitar pick. Your aim was astounding. It ended up in my bra!! Anyway, just wanted to let you know that you rock!! I’ll be back to see the show again.
I saw you at First Night and briefly talked with your folks there, and they reminded me of your play at Wayside about Buddy Holly which will start this month and was announced today in the papers. Thanks for a great, high energy performance at First Night—-I saw your 8 o’clock set and heard rave reviews from the folks we were with.
thank you for donating your time and talent to the Wayside Theater. We were thrilled with the outpouring of support and thought your show was just the best. Your son was a knockout and everything associated with the production was top notch. If you do it again we will come and see the exact same thing over again, or any variation thereof. Just the same way that you channeled your signature performers, so did Rhonda Sager with Patsy Cline. Anyone who missed this was diminished by the loss. Again thanks for your graciousness; it did not go unnoticed. I HOPE YOU HAVE A VERY JOYOUS HOLIDAY AND WE WILL TRY TO CATCH UP WITH YOU AT THE IRISH ISLE.
Hi Robbie: I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the CD you gave me. You do a great job and you had great backup with a bunch of really good players. It is about as authentic as you can get other that the real thing.
Robbie I, unofficially with the lack of power vested in me, proclaim Robbie Limon “The Greatest Living Entertainer in the Shenandoah Valley”. The performance last Sunday at the Wayside was just great. As your performances are very family oriented and appeal to a mature audience, I am exploring the idea of an annual event featuring you and or your band. Also, a friend that attended the performance with us is from Hagerstown, MD. He expressed interest in you and or band to be the entertainment at an annual convention in Ocean City. Let me know if this is of interest to you and I will give him your contact information.
Robbie Limon is not just an impressive tribute actor. Robbie Limon as Hank Williams is truly amazing. This is as close as anyone will ever get to seeing and hearing Hank again. When he steps on stage Robbie almost becomes the real/legendary Hank Williams Sr. The lanky, stoic personal appearance and the unmistakable soulful voice leave little to the imagination that one of the great music stars of all time has come back to life, if only for a fleeting theater experience.” – R.K. Spencer; ‘New Musical at Victory Hall Theater’, Scottsville Monthly
We came here (Irish Isle)about two months ago to see a musician we like (Robbie Limon) and decided to try their food while there. We were impressed with the food and are definitely going to return. My wife had the corned beef and cabbage which she said was excellent. I had the chicken pot pie and I liked it. It is a small place, but it has a very nice feel to it.
The table from California at your Saturday Rappahannock Cellars gig enjoyed your perforance and creative banter. Put a tip jar out next time for other appreciative audiences. Don\’t spend that $20 all in one place!! Thanks for a great time!
I had the pleasure of seeing one of your concerts on Saturday, October 3rd in Petersburg, W.Va. I had never been a fan of Hank\’s music until I heard you play, you were really good. Hank Sr was my fathers favorite permormer. Thanks for a great show. I hope to see a Buddy Holly show one day.
Last weekend we had a blast with Robbie Limon band at Griffin Tavern! We celebrated 4 birthdays…. Hugh Jackman showed up to sing to Linda!(not really but it sure looked like him!)
Hi Robbie I’m sorry I wasn’t there to witness what I’ve heard was one of the best shows of the season, I have no doubt it wouldn’t be, and that you received a standing “O”, that my friend is impressive. As you saw the audiences at AOTG have become listeners, a rare feat for outside venues. We’ve worked hard to make the series special not only for the audience but the performer. My heartfelt thanks for making AOTG part of your schedule, soon as we start the process next year I’ll be in touch for a date, I’ll make it work somehow with your busy schedule. Again thanks Robbie, I love working with pros.
I wish to thank you for help making Uncle Phil’s Restaurant Grand Opening Celebration a success. I appreciate your professionalism and your special talents you shared with us. I am looking forward to our upcoming dates at Uncle Phil’s. Thank you, again.
Hey Robbie, It was great seeing you at the Relay for Life benefit yesterday. You all were great as always.Thanks so much for the picture and i am going to buy the cds when i get paid. Big hugs and much love
Re: “where are they now?” thanks for the link to your website! Bob and Deb are glad you are doing so well!! We see Bruce Katsu frequently—he told us about his heavy metal days in The Factory. You guys ROCKED—and I am glad to see that you are still rocking! Keep doing your thing! deb and bob
Hello Robbie, I just wanted to let you know that Meagan and Jonathan (and all the family and friends who attended were absolutely THRILLED with your band’s performance at the wedding on at our home. All my family from out of state had a great time and thought the band was “awesome”. It was a beautiful day and your band helped to make the wedding of the couple’s dreams. I will definitely spread your name around. I also look forward to your play at the Wayside in Jan ’09. My husband and I attended the previous plays you did at the Wayside. Thanks again,
5/22/2009 We came here (Irish Isle)about two months ago to see a musician we like (Robbie Limon) and decided to try their food while there. We were impressed with the food and are definitely going to return. very nice feel to it.
Robbie, My husband and I really enjoyed your performance this evening at Union Jack. You and Kevin sound great together and the guitar playing was super! Thanks for letting me harmonize with you. It was great fun!
I saw the band for the first time Friday at Mayfest. No, I don’t live in a cave…just never got around to it I guess. Anyway, awesome performance. I was amazed at the variety of music tossed into the show. I loved every selection and got a kick out of Robbie begging Clay to let them “play one more.” We’ll look for you guys again. Wishing you the best of everything. D
We had Dinner at the Irish Isle Restrurant in Middletown, VA and were joined by Robbie Limon and his beautiful Wife Maureen. Robbie gives an outstanding performance of Hank’s music and he and Stormie gave a special performance as a tribute to my Uncle. These wonderful people made this a most special occasion. No one was ever a bigger fan of Hank than my Uncle was and he loved Stormie’s music too. I know he appreciated their tribute. Meeting Robbie Limon is as close as I will ever come to meeting Hank Williams’ in this world. I sincerely hope you will all have the opportunity to see him perform sometime and I know you will all get to see Ms. Stormie Keating on the Grand Ole Opry someday soon!!!
The Tavernites (at Griffin Tavern) are soooo excited to have you back this weekend and celebrate your birthday with you! It’s been too long….I think we are going to have a FULL HOUSE…EVERyone I talk to is coming out that night! My friend Kevin went (to Southern Crossroads) on Friday night and loved it…he brought me back a program..he said he was trying to get to you to have you sign it for me but he gave up….I assured him you would have put him to the head of the line if you knew it was for me…. so can you please sign it when I see you on Saturday? Can’t wait to see ya!!! L
Robbie, Laura and I were there for Southern Crossroads last evening. It lived up to our expectations, which were high, thanks to all the good comments I’ve heard. Once again you show that you are in a league of your own, and the amount of talent and variety of artistry on that stage was something to behold. Nice job.
REVIEW OF SOUTHERN CROSSROADS Robbie Limon, best known in this venue for his performances as Buddy Holly and Hank Williams, returns to play Wallace — and a helluva bass fiddle. Margaret Lawrence is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. She teaches drama at CCHS.
Hey Robbie, That (Southern Crossroads)was another GREAT show Saturday night!!! I think it was even better than the first time we saw it! Thanks for a very entertaining evening!! By the way, if you think about it, please pass on our thanks to the rest of the cast…everyone is great. Be Safe!
Robbie Yall did a GREAT job at the Wayside (Southern Crossroads)tonight!!!! Thanks!!! Don’t be surprised if Lea starts calling you Wally or Wallace…Take Care! T
Hi, Robbie! Just wanted to pop in and tell you that the play (Southern Crossroads at Wayside Theatre)was awesome! Two friends and I came to the Saturday afternoon performance. The amount of talent in the ensemble was nothing short of extraordinary! I’m not sure how long it took for you all to come together and to “click” but you have accomplished it flawlessly! My two friends, neither of whom had seen you perform, were transfixed by Saturday’s performance, as was I! How pleased you all must be! Congratulations on a fine production; I look forward to seeing it again, before the end of the run. NJS Attachments: Text version of this message. (1KB)
Hey, Robbie, I was really impressed (Buddy Holly Show), looks like you did your homework. Now I can’t get “It Just Doesn’t Matter” out of my head.
My wife and I saw “An Evening with Buddy Holly” at the Franklin Park Arts Center on October 18, 2008. You and your band members are extremely talented and we were treated to a performance we will never forget. I am sorry I didn’t know about your tribute to Hank Williams at the Wayside. I have heard reports that it was outstanding. Please put me on your email list and let me know of any future performances. J P
“Request Line From the 70′s”. My sister-in-law and I came to the concert at the Middle School in Edinburg this summer. She mentioned she would love to have a cd. I thought this one would be a good choice based on the music selections. Thank you so much for your help.
Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:49 pm I can’t wait to see Robbie Limon later this month (at Notaviva Vineyard). His Buddy Holly is hauntingly accurate and I heard that his Hank Williams is just as good.
AS USUAL, ROBBIE WAS GREAT IN THIS SHOW. WE HAVE SEEN HIM AT WAYSIDE THEATER, TWICE NOW AT STRASBURG, AND NUMEROUS TIMES AT EASTSIDE RAW BAR. WE TRY TO GET TO ALL OF HIS SHOWS TO ENJOY HIS MUSIC ONCE AGAIN. ROBBIE, YOU ARE A TRUE TALENT AND, AS A HUGE BUDDY HOLLY FAN, YOU TRULY MAKE ME BELIEVE IM ACTUALLY AT A HOLLY CONCERT ….AND HE DIED 10 YEARS BEFORE MY TIME. THANKS AGAIN.
Hi Robbie, It was good to hear you last night on Brad’s radio show of Valley of the Stars. I enjoyed hearing your songs that you wrote and also as to how you go about writing them. Sounds like you’re one busy young fellow! I’m sure the new show at Wayside will be a good one as you did a good job with the song of Harry Chapin on the radio show. I’m sure both you and your wife are proud of your son playing the part of Tiny Tim in the Christmas production at Wayside. Take care and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
“Buddy Holly and his band were on stage at the Franklin Park Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 18th – expertly played by by local performer Robbie Limon and his very capable back-up group. It was like traveling in a time machine going back to 1958. Limon not only nails Holly’s voice, moves & mannerisms, he’s puts on an energetic & authentic show that kept the audience fully immeresed in the 1950′s. -review from the “Blue Ridge Leader& Loudoun Today” Oct 2008
Robbie’s Band draws people from far and wide to Griffin Tavern. People ask me all the time ‘when are they going to be back’ ? It’s like one big party from the moment they begin to play, then the dance floor fills up, people just can’t sit still ..(including me and Ronnie!)…There’s so much ‘great energy’ at GT when The Robbie Limon Band gives us all a chance to shake it up to Classic rock of the 60s, 70s and 80s! We Love ya Robbie!
We relly enjoyed last night (August 10, 2008) in Edinburg, VA. What a show! Also, we saw you in the Buddy Holly show. I’m old enought to remember listening to him when he was alive. You were great….keep up the good work.
We came out and listened to you guys in Edinburg on Sunday, August 10. I didnt get a chance to come over and say HI during the break but, I just wanted to let you know that you guys sounded great tonight. It was funny because Robbie was appologizing for the small PA not being loud enough when actually, you guys sounded really good way out on the main road. I actually thought my radio was on until I reached over to turn it down and it was completely off. I was quite impressed.
Dear Robbie, My family really enjoyed your performance last night! We had a great time and really enjoy your singing! I cant thank you enough for making my Moms birthday extra special! And you can blush if you want to but to me you are a celebrity. See ya soon!
Robbie,it was nice seeing you at the Relay for Life. You and your band were great. We would like to invite you all back for next year; so please put us on your schedule (2nd Saturday in June).
Basically, I was totally impressed by the level of the musicianship, stage presence, and acting in the Buddy Holly performance. Not to mention the more basic entity—the writing of the play itself, which was perfect—an excellent, straightforward, entertaining, information filled vehicle for Buddy Holly’s music.
Several months ago, a friend of mine suggested that I listen to you play and so I caught your Buddy Holly debut performance at Sherando HS. A few nights ago I caught your gig at the Irish Isle, After listening to you play your Irish Isle gig, I could feel your passion for what you do. There are many “singers” out there, but there are very few that seem to have the passion for their craft.
Last night (May 17,2008) my best friend and I traveled to Stephens City to attend An Evening With Buddy Holly which was both a play and a concert. I have always been a Buddy Holly fan; I have the “Buddy Holly Story” on Dvd and a cassette tape of his music. Robbie Limon is a local musician who played the role of Buddy Holly and he did a great job at playing the part. Not only did he look like Buddy Holly; he sounded like him too and he can realy play that guitar. The supporting band were also musicians from the area. In between songs Buddy would be asked questions by the band and from the audience about his music and life. He touched upon some amazing facts that you would not know from the movie. A few people danced down front while the music played and caught myself tapping my foot and singing along to the songs. There was also two young girls dressed in poodle skirts! At the end of the show I had the chance to meet Buddy (Robbie) and got his autograph. It was a wonderful concert and now I can say I met Buddy Holly!
My wife and I enjoyed music of Buddy Holly. This is the second time we had the pleasure of seeing Robbies show. We were at Wayside Theater last year (2007) and we look forward to going to shows in the future.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening out. We sang along with all the songs (at the new Buddy Holly musical) and generally had a great time. There were two teenage girls sitting in front of us, and they actually seemed to be enjoying it too which is wonderful that they could appreciate the music. My major complaint – it was too short since we did not want it to end.
I was surprised and delighted that ( the new Buddy Holly musical) was primarily a concert. Again, thanks for a great show.
The show was great! I couldn’t tell what was scripted and what was improvised. I thought Robbie was very creative.
We have been enjoying the music of Robbie Limon and his band since we first heard him at Rapahannock Vineyard about a year ago. So, we enjoyed the Buddy Holly play even though we are not fans of old time Rock-N-Roll. All the actor/ musicians, including Robbie did very well, both with the ad-libbing, and the music.
As a fan and admirer of Limon, I have seen him perform maybe 10 times over the last 4 yrs. at various places. We especially liked the mix of songs (in his new Buddy Holly musical) that we had not heard before from him– he warned us that this would be a surprise. Also, involving the lady from the audience was a very nice touch. His expressions and acting add a lot to the performance. He far exceeds any other talent we have seen around here.
The show (An Evening with Buddy Holly ) was fantastic. I saw Robbie at the Wayside in the Buddy Holly Story several times. Robbie Limon is the best musician and showman ever.
I wanted to let you know how happy you made two of our listeners: ‘Again, we want to say ‘thank you’ for sending us to the Buddy Holly show featuring Robbie Limon! We had a wonderful time made possible by the Just Say It! radio program on The River-FM -95.3 with Jeanne Russell. Thanks again!! Keep up the good work!’ K&KY
Robbie limon is an outstanding performer and talented singer. The Robbie Limon Band is an energized performance; solo, Robbie is equally enjoyable. As a performer Robbie always brings a freshness to each show as though he were performing for the first time. He has the ability to become the person he portrays, from Hank Williams, Sr., to Buddy Holly. A joy to watch and a fun time for all. He always leaves you wanting more!!!
We miss you at Ledos..and will pop in soon on one of your Irish Isle Nights again…I see from your schedule that you are a busy guy, still. Looking forward to the Buddy Holly show.
This is a quick note to tell you how great your show ( Lovesick Blues- The Life and Music of Hank Williams Sr.)was on December 29, 2007. The theater was packed (500 capacity?). I could not help to notice but a lot of grey heads like myself. The handout referred to “Buddy Holly” this spring, is it a CD release or a live performance? I can visualize a similar format to Hank Williams for Buddy Holly, as well as other performers as Roy Orbison, etc, I look forward to seeing one of your performances again, perhaps the Griffin Tavern in January.
– —My husband and I were lucky enough to see your show in Strasburg last night. I was looking through the website and wondered if you were going to bring the show back to Scottsville in 2008. I’d love to see it again and would like for my 73 year old sister to see it as well.
— –We are safely back home in our northern Minnesota home. It was 2 below when we arrived on New Year’s day. We sure enjoyed your Hank Williams show as did the rest of the River Creek folks and have played your CD several times. We look forward to hearing about your upcoming events and if we can make it we will. Come and play in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota at the Holmes Theater.
– –Robbie, We enjoyed being with you again at the Irish Isle last Tuesday night , March 27th. I told you I would send you a picture if it turned out ok. Hope you like it. Great looking family. See you at the Irish Isle next October.
robbie limon, robbie limon, robbie limon… there should be a new olympic sport called ‘fun dancing’. we had such a great time last night at Griffin’s. always a ton of good energy bouncing around that place. you and your peeps added the perfect soundtrack. hope you’re having a great Easter! Happy Day-after your Birthday,
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