'Buddy Holly' show canceled at Fox Theatre

ATLANTA — The Fox Theatre announced Thursday that Theater of the Stars has canceled its upcoming engagements “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” due to money troubles.

“We are concerned about their need to conduct an emergency fundraising campaign or cease to operate if their financial goals are not met,” said a statement released by the Fox. “... The Fox Theatre has been empathetic of the economic challenges Theater of the Stars has faced in the past and has supported Theater of the Stars in numerous ways since they first began presenting shows at the Fox Theatre. We sincerely hope that they are able to recover from this fiscal challenge.”

Theater of the Stars is a nonprofit that needs to raise $500,000 by July 12 or it will cease operations and shut its doors.

This first amount of money will help to produce and present “Dreamgirls” and “Anything Goes” as well as addressing operating expenses of Theater of the Stars.

By Aug. 30, the nonprofit needs to raise an additional $500,000 to continue its season and present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “STOMP” and “Cats.” The money will also mean a more secure footing as the company moves into its 2014 season.

“To assure that we take on no additional debt, regretfully, we must cancel ‘The Buddy Holly Story,’” said Theater of the Stars Producer Christopher B. Manos in a letter on the nonprofit’s website. “I know that our goals and timeline are daunting, but we are fighters and we know you are behind us. ... We are coming to the community and our strongest supporters for help. We need you right now.”

The Fox Theatre will continue to host the Fifth Third Bank Broadway In Atlanta series featuring the following 2013-14 shows: “Ghost,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Once,” “The Lion King,” Green Day’s “American Idiot” and “Evita.”

If you bought tickets for “Buddy,” call the Fox at 404-881-2017 or email at boxoffice@foxtheatre.org to obtain a full refund. Customers who purchased tickets online or by phone will automatically receive a refund to the credit card used for purchasing tickets within 5-10 business days. Group Tickets will be refunded in the same method of payment used to originally purchase tickets.

Season Ticket Holders for Theater of the Stars should call Theater of the Stars directly at 404-252-8960 to obtain a refund for their purchase.

To donate to Theater of the Stars, visit www.theaterofthestars.com, mail a check to P.O. Box 11748 Atlanta, GA 30355 or call the office at 404-252-8960. All donations are tax deductible.