"Winter Dance Party captures the Holly era...a dead on re-creation of
the 1959 show."
Kalamazoo Gazette

"An air tight band with energy-packed execution of a long string of
classics...these songs had all the vitality and punch that they carried
many years ago."
Springfield State Journal Register

"I've never endorsed anyone doing Buddy, but I was really impressed
with John.... John is the only one who does it exactly like Buddy did.
He's a great musician in his own right"
Maria Elena Holly

"Really does Buddy proud...has his mannerisms and sound down pat.
The best I've ever seen."
Travis Holley, Buddy's brother

"One of the best concerts I've ever seen."
Larry Holley, Buddy's brother

"Everytime I see Ray Anthony perform as Ritchie it always makes me
Irma Valens, Ritchie Valens sister

"As Flawless as a chord from a Fender Stratocaster..John Mueller is
living proof that Buddy Holly's legacy will live on. "
Chicago Tribune

"Stunning Portrayal."
Chicago Sun-Times

“Chief among the production’s virtues is an unaffected performance by
John Mueller as the Texas songwriter"
Kansas City Star

"This musical Rocks with the charismatic John Mueller in the title role."
L.A. Times

"[Niki Sullivan] . . . has nothing but praise for John Mueller . . ."
San Diego Union Tribune

"Throughout, John Mueller is Buddy Holly. In song after song, he
sounds exactly like Holly. Even more to the point, he behaves like
The Reader

"Mueller is superb as Holly, he not only looks like him, but plays guitar
and sings like him too."
Backstage West


"I have to say that your show was one of the best I’ve seen here and
the crowd has never been so excited!  You’ve probably had more
excited crowds, but for the Pike that was fantastic! I was very
impressed with all of you. Having a show of your caliber at this theater
is what we need more of, thanks for a great job. It was really a
Laura Neidig
Pike Performing Arts Center
Indianapolis, IN

"Winter Dance Party not only sold out, but had them dancing in the
aisles. I am still receiving calls from patrons asking when they are
coming back."
Molly Noon
Iowa Western College Performing Arts Center
Council Bluffs, IA

"The guys were easy and fun to work with, and the show was
phenomenal. We had an OUTSTANDING turnout for our town, and
people are still talking about it. We look forward to working with you
guys in the future! "
K'Lynn Childress
Ocotillo Performing Arts Center
Artesia, NM

"Attendees called to tell us that yours was THE BEST concert they had
attended in years- bar none- bar any price. We were all overwhelmed
with the enthusiasm, costuming, timing and overall expertise of your
troupe.Thanks again for appearing here at Central Square."
Joyce Watson
Central Square Cultural & Civic Center
Glenwood MN

"Terrific to work with. Our audience knew you all gave 110% on stage.
They had a great time, and we’re still hearing nice comments about the
show. Many thanks for all your efforts!"
Mary Maronde
Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts
Sheboygan WI


"This is the best concert I have been to in years.  It was like I was
back in high school. I was transported back in time 50 years to Clear
Lake, Iowa."
-Kenneth Bostick

"I attended your Winter Dance Party show in Grand Forks, ND last
winter and consider it to be one of the best concerts I have ever
-Casper Beck

"What a great Rock N Roll show this past weekend at Brea, California...
you and your fellow performers (including the Band) brought back
many memories of the '50s and 60's.  Loved every minute of your
show, in fact, we saw it twice bringing new friends each show. Hope
you come back to Southern Cal real soon."
- Sally from Fountain Valley

"My dolly and I were at your Dance Party Saturday afternoon in
Jasper, Indiana.  I would have given anything to have had more room
to fast dance as it was the best music for dancing I've heard in 30, 40,
50 years. I want you to know that I am not known for giving people
good grades (and I taught mathematics for 35 years), but in this case I
really want you to know that what you and your group brought to
Jasper was tremendously fabulous."
-Jerry L. Williams  

"The show was great! My parents listened to that music when I was a
child up into my teens. I could hear in your show the music that
inspired the Beatles and so many that came after them.Thanks for the
great performance."
-Ken Reister

"We caught your show at Clovis and also at Alamo last night.  
Entertainer to Entertainer - I will have to agree - you are the best Buddy
Holly out there I have seen. You have a superior back up band also.  
The Best!!!"
-Jim Martin  

"I want to thank you for the OUTSTANDING show and the attention
you gave to my special friend, Courtney, at the WDP in Artesia on
Tuesday, September 23.  We had a ball!  I've seen the WDP several
times (Clovis) and was so happy to get to share it with Courtney.  
Thank you for posing with her and making her feel so special.  She had
so much fun and just loves her new CDs and photos! Courtney's mom
has terminal cancer and it was really good for Courtney to get out and
have as much fun as she did.  All my best to you, John, and the rest of
the band.  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!"
-Stacey Cathey

"I LOVE Buddy Holly, he is my number one favorite artist.  I'm only 22
and I saw you and you were AWESOME!!!  Thank you for the great
show.You are the closest to seeing a Buddy Holly concert then I could
ever get.Thanks."
- Jennifer Wright

"We saw your concert at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids, MN. and we
want to tell you that your show with Ritchie and JP, was the best
concert we have ever seen. I hope that you and your group will be
back in our area again soon. You can be sure we will go and there are a
lot of our friends and family who also want to come the next time.  We
can't stop raving about your show.  We thought all of you looked and
sounded just like the people you imitated.  We couldn't tell any
-Ken and Judy Zollner  

"I will never forget the concert. It was at the Grand Opera House in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin.The way the people were swaying back and forth
to the music and clapping, I thought the balcony would collapse. It was
wonderful. The best concert I have ever seen !!!"
-Judy Ziebell

"Thank you so much for such a great show!  We love you guys!!
- Sue Meng

"Your show at Eau Claire was fabulous! I have been a huge Buddy
Holly fan since age 13. ( I'm now 60 ). I felt like it was 1959 and
Buddy Holly was on stage. I love the fact that you stick to the original
and don't stray too much from it. I saw the " Buddy" musical play at
the Ordway in St. Paul several years ago. Your show is better.Your
whole show is great, including the Big Bopper and Ritchie.Thanks for
keeping the spirit alive."
-Jim Shiely.

"Just wanted to say that I had the chance of seeing your show here in
Artesia, New Mexico on Tuesday night and I thought it was an amazing
show. Although I wasnt born until 1964 my parents listened to that
music so I grew up hearing it. Hope the City of Artesia brings you guys
back again for another performance, because I will definitely go again.
Keep up the good work and God Bless."
- A young fan Ronna Schiel

"Just want to thank you and the band for a GREAT emotional show in
Clear Lake on Friday. What a wonderful time we had..the whole band
and George especially hits a lotta licks perfectly so pass along that I
think that the entire band is one of the best groups I’ve stood to hear…
I went to Clear Lake for the first time mostly because you guys were
there for Friday night…It mattered to me that the show was so tight
and that you still care after all these years….even after seeing your
show several times in the last 10 yrs, I had to be front and center for
this one as you understand what the music means to you and I knew
you would send it to us…and you nailed the spirit of the night.
Thanks for the music, it means a lot to me."
-Doug Andreen

"I just had to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your show last
night! It was amazing, and truly one of the most memorable
performances I have ever seen. I just turned 26 on the 19th of January,
so unfortunately I wasn't around to experience this amazing music first
hand in the 50's. But after last night I really wish I would have been! I
was blown away. I've spent almost all morning on your websites,
yourbuddyjohn.com and winterdanceparty.com."
-Jen Kunkel

"Our friends John and Maria Santoy, Ken & Barb Wolff and my
husband Bob and myself Gloria Jean Siegel-Howe just came back from
your show in Hartford at the Schauer Center in Hartford, Wisconsin.  
This will be the 4th time we went and we were again in the first row.  I
was the one who gave you the flowers tonight. On behalf of our
friends, I would like to thank you, Mr. Anthony, and the band members
for a wonderful show which brings memories back to all of us and makes
us believe we are back in our teens.  You are a blessing to all of us
and we can't thank you enough for continuing this journey of yours of
keeping the music alive.  We appreciate all of you and we pray that you
will continue to come to Hartford every year.  We never get tired of
seeing all of you.  You are magical to us."
-Bob & Gloria Jean Siegel-Howe