Buddy Holly Unplugged.

13524394_1210328419001105_9053302471883597078_nIn a couple weeks I’ll be taking the stage at Crown Centre in Kansas City to perform in A Night On the Town Cabaret series at Musical Theatre Heritage.  The three night stand will explore some highlights from my stage career including Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Phil Ochs as well as share some of my own stories and songs. Think Buddy Holly/Zachary Stevenson unplugged.

For tickets and more info, please visit http://www.musicaltheaterheritage.com/

Happy New Year, 2014!

Thank you to everyone who made 2013 such a fantastic year!  I’ve been a busy and lucky guy, I’ll tell ya.

In 2013…

  • I starred in 2 smash hit productions of “Buddy” – one at the Chemainus Festival Theatre in BC & the New Theatre Restaurant in Kansas City.
  • I premiered Mark Leiren-Young’s first one-man play, “Never Shoot a Stampede Queen” in Vancouver working with one of my favorite theatre artists, TJ Dawe, as director.
  • I scored music for my first web series, the True Heroines.
  • Went on 2 tours with the fantastic team at Legends of Rock & Roll “A Rock & Roll Christmas” and a brand new, killer concept, “The Class of ’59” featuring Buddy, Jerry Lee, Bopper, Connie, Eddie, Elvis, Don & Phil.
  • I went on an epic road trip across the western and southern states and I played in a handful of Phil Ochs Song Nights in the San Francisco Bay area.

PhilOchs-SanFran

2014 is already upon us and I’ve got some exciting announcements.

I’m beginning the year in America’s most populous urban centre, New York City, doing research to develop a show centred on the folk music scene in the 60s.  Only to fly right back to one of Canada’s most remote and unpopulated beauties, to reprise the Stampede Queen in Haida Gwaii, Jan 31/Feb.1st)

Buddy was such a hit last year that Chemainus is bringing him back again in Feb. 11th – March 8th.

AND – the Arts Club Theatre celebrates it’s 75th Anniversary season with Red Rock Diner (June 19th – August 2nd) where I’ll be rockin’ some of the greatest songs of the 50s/60s that legendary DJ, Red Robinson spun on Vancouver’s airwaves.

Also, I’ll be teaming with my sister to help create some music for Pancake Manor – a hit online series for kids!

With plenty to look forward to I’ve also made the resolution to update this website more regularly so I can share more of my work with the people who enjoy what I do.

Thanks for reading and all the best to you in 2014!

Everything’s up to date in Kansas City!

They’ve gone about as far as they could go…  Seriously, with this production.  I think they have.

Yes.  I am here in smolderin’ Kansas City where everyone teases me about (I mean… abowt) my little Canadian-isms.  I look at the weather in awe that it’ll be 37 degrees on Friday!  Which to Americans sounds like a frozen Canadian Christmas.

I am truly grateful to be here.  The staff at the theatre have been tremendously hospitable and the cast is overloaded with talent and energy.  The production value is second to none and the audiences are as enthusiastic as ever.  After logging hundreds of performances in Canada, it’s exciting to be closer to the source.  Kansas City is only a few hours from Clear Lake, IO where Buddy played his last show.

Zachary Stevenson Buddy Holly Kansas City Missouri
Taking Buddy to new heights in rehearsal

Fun fact:  When I was a shy, ninth-grader, my sister insisted I audition for the high school musical.  I fought off some serious nerves and flubbed my way through some kind of 90s grunge rock song.  Haha.  I think it was Nirvana.  Somehow some potential was revealed and I was cast as Will Parker in Oklahoma!  “Kansas City” was the first song I ever sang for a theatre audience.  Little did I know I had cut the first branch, carving a path for myself as a stage actor that has taken me all over Canada and, now, into the US.

I still recall some of the lyrics:

“I got to Kansas City on a Frid’y, by Saturday a learned a thing or two,

for up to then I didn’t have an I’dy of what the modern world was comin’ to

I counted 20 gas buggies goin’ by themselves almost everytime I took a walk.  

And then I put my ear to a Bell telephone and a strange woman started in to talk”

And I swear, it’s even more up-to-date then the song suggests 😉

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