Open March 1, 2013


Starring Jared Mancuso as Buddy Holly

With his short, curly hair and thick framed glasses, Mancuso captures not only the look and sound of Buddy Holly but also the spirit of the young rock ‘n roller … for all sense and purposes, Jared Mancuso is Buddy Holly!”

CLICK HERE to read more of David Appleford’s review of Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story

CLICK HERE to hear David Appleford’s 99.9 KEZ interview with Jared Mancuso

jaredcolorwebJared Mancuso grew up in New Hope, PA where over the years, he had been involved in performing arts in one form or another. From the time he was a child, Jared had been taking tap lessons, piano lessons, voice lessons, bass lessons, was involved in his big sister’s high school musicals, then grew up to being in his own high school shows, and went on to college in New York City where he majored in acting. Additionally, he played in a variety of bands from middle school and on, and has recorded several albums with them throughout the years. Jared is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album, consisting of 10 songs on which he plays all of the instruments.

Also with:

Sam Sultan, Dustin Cunningham, Dane Agostinis, Nathaniel Burich, David Simmons (Annie),Andy Meyers (A Christmas Carol, Sunset Boulevard, Annie (Dir.), Jessica Bradish, Chica Loya(Footloose), Devon Frieder, Cullen Law (Annie), Leonardo Altafini, Mark Chandler (Sunset Boulevard), Sam Ramirez (The Full Monty, Hello Dolly!), Mani Cadet, Lynzee Foreman (All Shook Up, Singin’ in the Rain, Hello Dolly!) and Lauren Luciano (Sunset Boulevard).


Directed by: Damon Dering

Damon Dering is an Arizona native who’s played an active part in Phoenix theater for more than 15 years, having appeared in numerous productions across the Valley. His original play Taking Your Shirt Off For Money was selected for a staged reading by the Arizona Commission On The Arts for one of the Arizona Theater Conferences. He also wrote and acted for local cable access show TV or Not TV, which received a Rocky Mountain Emmy for best cable access production. He has worked with Phoenix Theatre, Cookie Company, Childsplay, Is What It Is Theatre, Feast of Fools Theatre, Theater Works, Artists’ Theatre Project, Tempe Little Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre. He has been named Best Director of the Year by the Arizona Republic (Equus, Shakespeare’s R&J), the East Valley Tribune (Gilgamesh) and has received an ariZoni Award for Best Director twice (Shakespeare’s R&J, 2004 and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 2005), as well as Best Actor (The Torch Song Trilogy, 2002). He was also listed in Who’s Cool, a list-in-progress of who’s living, working and creating in Downtown Phoenix by the New Times (which is sooo uncool to put in your web bio!).

CLICK HERE to read Kerry Lengel’s (The Arizona Republic) feature interview with Buddy director Damon Dering and star Jared Mancuso (Buddy Holly)

CLICK HERE to read Jared Mancuso’s interview with Mitchell Vantrease of the West Valley Tribune – “Rock legend comes alive at Arizona Broadway Theatre”

CLICK HERE to read the EXAMINER feature on The Buddy Holly Story

CLICK HERE to read actor bios

CLICK HERE to see a video of Buddy Holly performing “Peggy Sue” on the Arthur Murray Dance Party, 1957.
CLICK HERE to read about Buddy Holly at buddythemusical.com

Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival

April 6, 2013 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.