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TFM Farewell Show

Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison Tribute Show at the Grand Prairie Uptown Theater

Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison will take over the stage at the Grand Prairie Uptown Theater November 14 as the Texas Family Musicals ends their 16 season tenure of providing uplifting family musicals and unique original concerts. The spectacular concert will feature music from the Texas Family Musicals most popular original shows, The Night the Music Died and Roy Orbison Experience.

Buddy Holly is played by Los Angeles singer-songwriter, Kevin Kratzke and Roy Orbison is portrayed by New York actor/singer Chris Trimbolil   Kratzke portrayed Buddy Holly for the nine years in The TFM mega-hit The Night the Music Died. Chris Trimboli played Roy Orbison in the newest TFM show, The Roy Orbison Experience and doubled as Richie Valence in The Night the Music Died. Both singers will be backed by the Night the Music Died band. In addition to the Holly and Orbison music, both singers will be performing original songs from their newest cds.

The concert will climax the Texas Family Musicals’ regular season shows after 16 years.   They began in Galveston as the Galveston Summer Musicals and moved to the metroplex in 2010 after Hurricane Ike destroyed the theater. They were the theater company at the Granbury Opera House for five years prior to moving to the Lewisville MCL Grand and Grand Prairie Uptown Theater in 2011.

Texas Family Musicals is a 501-C3 non-profit organization with the mission of producing quality “family friendly” musicals while helping launch careers of young professionals. Forty-one of their alumnae have moved to Broadway with two winning Tony nominations. Over 200 have joined National Tours and many performers moved on to larger theaters around the country. The Texas Family Musicals has produced over 60 Broadway style shows including My Fair Lady, Cats, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello Dolly, Phantom, Showboat and many more. They have created new shows that are currently being done at other theaters such as Moments Remembered, Bye Bye Love, It’s a Wonderful Life – The New Musical and Almost Heaven.   Celebrity icons such as The Waltons’ Judy Norton, Leave it to Beaver’s Tony Dow, Threes Company’s Joyce DeWitt, Happy Days’ Donnie Most and The Rifleman’s Johnny Crawford have been regular members of the artistic team of the Texas Family Musicals and have starred in several of their shows.

The founding President and Executive Producer, Mike Skiles, said the decision was made to cease year round programming due to rising costs and diminishing funding for non-profit theaters. “Its been a good run and we had a great year in 2014 and we simply wanted to go out on top.   We will continue to license the shows that we own to other theaters and will produce a few original productions in the future.”