FRIDAY PICK | Gary Busey plays Buddy Holly at the Parkway Theater


Gary Busey’s Oscar-nominated performance as the eponymous subject of The Buddy Holly Story (1978) was a breakout role for the young actor, who went on to earn a stranger but more lasting fame when a series of legal wrangles made him one of Hollywood’s favorite punchlines—a role he’s more or less embraced. Now those Buddy Holly hornrims are back in style, and Busey will take the stage tonight—the 53rd anniversary of Holly’s untimely death—at the Parkway Theater to introduce a screening of The Buddy Holly Story and then, after the movie, play a few of Holly’s greatest hits with the house band from the History Theatre’s Ivey-winning stage production of the Holly story.