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Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story



Students and families can choose from the following times:

  • Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:30pm


History Theatre
30 10th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

About the Show

1959. With the tragic crash of Buddy Holly’s plane, a bright new star from Fargo emerged. Fifteen-year-old Bobby Velline performed at the Winter Dance Party in Moorhead, MN the day the music died. Bobby went on to record his first hit single, Suzie Baby, in Minneapolis - and soon would become a teen idol appearing on American Bandstand with Dick Clark and an international star who thrilled audiences for more than a decade with Top 40 hits like Devil or Angel, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Come Back When You Grow Up Girl and many more. Follow Bobby’s musical journey that includes fellow pop stars like Little Anthony & The Imperials, Ronnie & The Ronettes, Dion, and Del Shannon. 

Children should be 10 years of age or older to attend this performance. Childcare will be provided for those under the age of 10. Please let us know if you need childcare when you make your reservation.


If you do not have access to a ride, call Project SUCCESS and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

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Request Tickets Online

or call Project SUCCESS at (612) 874-7710

Invited students can pick up tickets at the Project SUCCESS table in the lobby of the theater on the dates of the performances. Please arrive 20 minutes before the show to pick up your tickets. Each student/family may receive up to 4 FREE tickets.

Thank you to Project SUCCESS theater partner, History Theatre, for providing tickets to students at no cost.


  • Bobby Vee's big opportunity came after a tragic plane crash, when his hero Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper all perished on the way to Bobby's town for a show. A radio DJ pleaded for local talent to take the stage. It wasn't an easy moment to take the opportunity, but he and his band took a risk and went for it. That ended up changing their lives. How do you know when now is the time to go for something you want? Who do you talk to in order to decide?

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Short documentary about Bobby Vee


For historical context, the tragic plane crash in Bobby Vee's story was the inspiration for the classic song "American Pie" by Don McLean. Here is a video exploring deeper meanings of this song: