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Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Comes to the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall! Thursday, October 6

“Rave On is the best Buddy Holly show out there” - Tommy Allsup, Grammy award winner and Buddy Holly’s lead guitarist

By - Aug 1st, 2016 08:02 am
Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Comes to the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall! Thursday, October 6

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience Comes to the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall! Thursday, October 6

(MILWAUKEE, WI)- Off Broadway at the Marcus Center welcomes Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience to the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall for one night only on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 5 at 12:00 pm and can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center Box Office (929 North Water Street), by phone at 414-273-7206 or online at or Groups 10 or more can SAVE! and should call group sales at 414-273-7121 x210 or x213.

Rave On re-invents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s Premiere Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan, who is a dead-ringer for the legendary rocker. Backed by the rockin’ Rave On Band, their incredible musicianship help to ignite the stage and breathe new life into the music of Buddy Holly.

In this rock and roll tour-de-force, audiences will experience the all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert re-imagined which includes such hits as “Peggy Sue”, “Raining in My Heart”, “It’s So Easy”, “That’ll Be the Day”, “True Love Ways”, “Oh Boy” and of course, “Rave On”.  But, that’s only part of it!  In a unique twist, Billy as ‘Buddy’ celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to his fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

“For a new generation of rock fans, Rave On is the only Buddy they’ve ever had”
The Albuquerque Tribune

Billy McGuigan has received national attention and critical acclaim for his portrayals of the legendary Buddy Holly. Audiences continue to be awed by his energy, realism, sincerity and talent. The role of ‘Buddy’ has taken him all over the United States, having appeared in over 400 performances of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”. Billy’s performances in “Buddy” have broken box office and attendance records in six theatres across the country, catching the attention of the writers and producers who chose Billy as their “Preferred Buddy Holly” in the United States. Billy took that success and developed this unique and exciting new tribute, RAVE ON!, which continues that record-breaking tradition with an all-new concert format.

“(Billy’s) shows are high-energy and completely engage audiences. His Buddy Holly is spot on, and his musical versatility is incredible!”
Debra Jenkins, Founder and Executive Director, Merrimack Hall

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Established in 1969, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts community gathering space in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center moves into its 47th year, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series, sponsored by Associated Bank, is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 20 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website at  The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated veterans memorial in Milwaukee.

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