On the night of Feb. 3rd, 1959, we lost Rock and Roll legend Ritchie Valens, on what is famously known as, “The Day the Music Died.” At the age of 17, we never saw what Ritchie could have become, all the paths he might have taken. Imagine what would have happened if Ritchie hadn’t died that night, and the direction his life could have taken from there. Would he have continued to soar and become the biggest rock act in history, on the scale of Elvis and The Beatles? What cost would have come with that? Would he have to sell out? Assimilate and erase where he came from? Or, what would have happened if Ritchie had stuck to his roots and embraced his Mexican identity even more? Would he have reached the same levels of success as other American artists, or would he have been shut out for being too “ethnic”?
This is the story of Come On, Let’s Go! The Ritchie Valens Musical.
Director | Tony Taccone
Original Music and Lyrics | Ritchie Valens
Music and Lyrics | Louie Pérez and David Hidalgo
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