The Rock & Roll Tour That Has Swept The Nation, Winter Dance Party, A Tribute To Buddy Holly, Makes a Month-Long Stop at Gold Strike Casino Resort

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Gold Strike Casino Resort

    TUNICA, Miss., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Gold
 Strike Casino Resort proudly announces the month-long performance of Winter
 Dance Party: A Tribute To Buddy Holly May 3rd through May 27th.  The
 production, starring critically acclaimed John Mueller (who not only boasts an
 almost identical physical appearance to Buddy Holly, but also plays a 1957
 Fender Stratocaster, the instrument that Holly pioneered), pays tribute to the
 final performance of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper on February
 3, 1959.     Incidentally, the son of The Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson, Jr.,
 actually plays his father in the show and performs his father's material that
 includes Chantilly Lace and White Lightning.  The month-long performance can
 be seen in Gold Strike Casino Resort's Millennium Theatre every Thursday
 through Saturday at 8:00 P.M. and Sundays at 7:00 P.M. (must be 21).
     In 1999, John Mueller headlined the 40th Anniversary of the Winter Dance
 Party tour that recreated the final days of Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper.
 Highlights of the tour included John being awarded the Key to the City of
 Green Bay Wisconsin and performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa,
 where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper gave their last
 performance before their tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959.
     Mueller began his portrayal of Buddy Holly with his performance called
 Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story that opened at the American Heartland Theatre in
 Kansas City in January of 1996.  Fans were quick to realize that before John
 Mueller played Buddy Holly, never has the rock and roll legend been so
 faithfully portrayed.  Original Crickets member Niki Sullivan sums up the
 performance in these words: "John is a reincarnation of Buddy Holly.  He is
 that good.  He has the same determination in his eyes that Buddy did and when
 John is on stage, he is a totally dynamic performer, just like Buddy.  John is
 awesome."
     John Mueller was raised on the electrifying music of Chuck Berry, Jerry
 Lee Lewis, Little Richard and of course, Buddy Holly.  Playing along to that
 great old rock and roll with his Sears and Roebuck drum set and Dutch Masters
 cigar box guitar, a young John Mueller unknowingly began a career that would
 take him throughout the United States, playing his music and acting for the
 stage, film and television.
     Music seemed the obvious path, but in his teens, John became interested in
 acting -- a decision that ultimately led him to Chicago's rich theatrical
 community where he starred and performed on stage, which ultimately led him to
 film and television.
     Mueller found himself playing roles that drew on his guitar playing and
 singing talents.  Still in Chicago, John took roles in Bad Boys starring Sean
 Penn and Ally Sheedy, ABC's Lady Blue, and Crime Story, among others.
 Companies like Oldsmobile, Old Style Beer and others even featured John in
 their TV commercials.
     His career then took him to Hollywood, where he soon found himself playing
 a variety of roles in television shows such as Ellen, Linda Hamilton's Beauty
 and the Beast, Days of Our Lives, China Beach, Lois and Clark and others.
 Film credits include Return to Horror High, The Roommate, and Out of Track.
     If acting is in John's heart, then music is in his soul.  He plays
 concerts in some of the best places around, such as the famous Cain's Ballroom
 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He's developed his own unique style -- kind of a 50's
 rock-pop-country sound that brings back the good old days.  At the urging of
 fans, John released a CD, "A Boy's Gotta Do What a Boy's Gotta Do."  Featuring
 ten original songs and two covers, the album includes Hey Buddy, John's
 tribute to Buddy Holly.
     The Little Bopper, J.P. Richardson Jr. stars as his father in the
 production.  Richardson Jr. never met his father.  When he was born, The Big
 Bopper had been dead for 84 days.  His mother, who was pregnant with him when
 his father was killed, never spoke of his father and it wasn't until
 Richardson Jr. was 28 years-old when crates of his father's personal effects
 were unearthed did he realize the effect that The Big Bopper actually had in
 Rock & Roll history.  Friends who heard him singing along casually to one of
 his father's songs influenced him to portray his father professionally, and
 the rest...is history.
     Tickets can be purchased for $25 at any Ticketmaster outlet or at Gold
 Strike Casino Resort's Millennium Theatre Box Office.  Gold Strike Casino
 Resort sets the stage for 24K excitement with the best venue to see
 entertainment in the Mid-South, The Millennium Theatre.  The $12 million
 theatre was built for entertainment and features a state-of-the-art sound and
 light system, as well as 900 seats, each designed for comfort and featuring an
 intimacy unmatched by any other venue.
     Gold Strike Casino Resort is located 15 minutes south of Memphis, TN in
 Tunica, MS and sets the stage for 24K excitement 24 hours a day providing a
 new standard in Las Vegas-style fun, food, and entertainment, including a
 31-story hotel tower, which-at 317 feet-is one of the largest buildings in
 Mississippi.
     For more information, please visit www.goldstrikemississippi.com or AOL
 Key Word: Gold Strike.  Gold Strike Casino Resort is owned and operated by the
 Las Vegas-based Mandalay Resort Group.
 
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    TUNICA, Miss., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Gold
 Strike Casino Resort proudly announces the month-long performance of Winter
 Dance Party: A Tribute To Buddy Holly May 3rd through May 27th.  The
 production, starring critically acclaimed John Mueller (who not only boasts an
 almost identical physical appearance to Buddy Holly, but also plays a 1957
 Fender Stratocaster, the instrument that Holly pioneered), pays tribute to the
 final performance of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper on February
 3, 1959.     Incidentally, the son of The Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson, Jr.,
 actually plays his father in the show and performs his father's material that
 includes Chantilly Lace and White Lightning.  The month-long performance can
 be seen in Gold Strike Casino Resort's Millennium Theatre every Thursday
 through Saturday at 8:00 P.M. and Sundays at 7:00 P.M. (must be 21).
     In 1999, John Mueller headlined the 40th Anniversary of the Winter Dance
 Party tour that recreated the final days of Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper.
 Highlights of the tour included John being awarded the Key to the City of
 Green Bay Wisconsin and performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa,
 where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper gave their last
 performance before their tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959.
     Mueller began his portrayal of Buddy Holly with his performance called
 Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story that opened at the American Heartland Theatre in
 Kansas City in January of 1996.  Fans were quick to realize that before John
 Mueller played Buddy Holly, never has the rock and roll legend been so
 faithfully portrayed.  Original Crickets member Niki Sullivan sums up the
 performance in these words: "John is a reincarnation of Buddy Holly.  He is
 that good.  He has the same determination in his eyes that Buddy did and when
 John is on stage, he is a totally dynamic performer, just like Buddy.  John is
 awesome."
     John Mueller was raised on the electrifying music of Chuck Berry, Jerry
 Lee Lewis, Little Richard and of course, Buddy Holly.  Playing along to that
 great old rock and roll with his Sears and Roebuck drum set and Dutch Masters
 cigar box guitar, a young John Mueller unknowingly began a career that would
 take him throughout the United States, playing his music and acting for the
 stage, film and television.
     Music seemed the obvious path, but in his teens, John became interested in
 acting -- a decision that ultimately led him to Chicago's rich theatrical
 community where he starred and performed on stage, which ultimately led him to
 film and television.
     Mueller found himself playing roles that drew on his guitar playing and
 singing talents.  Still in Chicago, John took roles in Bad Boys starring Sean
 Penn and Ally Sheedy, ABC's Lady Blue, and Crime Story, among others.
 Companies like Oldsmobile, Old Style Beer and others even featured John in
 their TV commercials.
     His career then took him to Hollywood, where he soon found himself playing
 a variety of roles in television shows such as Ellen, Linda Hamilton's Beauty
 and the Beast, Days of Our Lives, China Beach, Lois and Clark and others.
 Film credits include Return to Horror High, The Roommate, and Out of Track.
     If acting is in John's heart, then music is in his soul.  He plays
 concerts in some of the best places around, such as the famous Cain's Ballroom
 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He's developed his own unique style -- kind of a 50's
 rock-pop-country sound that brings back the good old days.  At the urging of
 fans, John released a CD, "A Boy's Gotta Do What a Boy's Gotta Do."  Featuring
 ten original songs and two covers, the album includes Hey Buddy, John's
 tribute to Buddy Holly.
     The Little Bopper, J.P. Richardson Jr. stars as his father in the
 production.  Richardson Jr. never met his father.  When he was born, The Big
 Bopper had been dead for 84 days.  His mother, who was pregnant with him when
 his father was killed, never spoke of his father and it wasn't until
 Richardson Jr. was 28 years-old when crates of his father's personal effects
 were unearthed did he realize the effect that The Big Bopper actually had in
 Rock & Roll history.  Friends who heard him singing along casually to one of
 his father's songs influenced him to portray his father professionally, and
 the rest...is history.
     Tickets can be purchased for $25 at any Ticketmaster outlet or at Gold
 Strike Casino Resort's Millennium Theatre Box Office.  Gold Strike Casino
 Resort sets the stage for 24K excitement with the best venue to see
 entertainment in the Mid-South, The Millennium Theatre.  The $12 million
 theatre was built for entertainment and features a state-of-the-art sound and
 light system, as well as 900 seats, each designed for comfort and featuring an
 intimacy unmatched by any other venue.
     Gold Strike Casino Resort is located 15 minutes south of Memphis, TN in
 Tunica, MS and sets the stage for 24K excitement 24 hours a day providing a
 new standard in Las Vegas-style fun, food, and entertainment, including a
 31-story hotel tower, which-at 317 feet-is one of the largest buildings in
 Mississippi.
     For more information, please visit www.goldstrikemississippi.com or AOL
 Key Word: Gold Strike.  Gold Strike Casino Resort is owned and operated by the
 Las Vegas-based Mandalay Resort Group.
 
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