Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined at the Criterion theatre

Criterion Theatre, London

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Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined at the Criterion theatre

Burt Bacharach’s celebrated songbook is given an exciting new interpretation with Kyle Riabko’s thrillingly original musical arrangement. This show, directed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett, is a non-stop musical journey in which the 27-year-old Riabko leads a talented group of young performers through Bacharach’s classic melodies, blending nostalgia and innovation.

Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined transfers from the Menier Chocolate Factory where it was called What’s it all about? Bacharach Reimagined.  The production, conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer, previously played to critical acclaim at New York Theatre Workshop, where it became the venue’s longest-running show.

‘Close To You’ features over 30 of Bacharach’s catalogue of hits including Alfie, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, What the World Needs Now Is Love, I Say a Little Prayer, Walk on By, A House Is Not a Home, That’s What Friends Are For, Close to You, (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me, The Look of Love, What’s New Pussycat?, Do You Know the Way to San Jose?, The Windows of the World, I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself, Magic Moments, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Make It Easy on Yourself, Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Message to Michael.

After being introduced to Bacharach at a Los Angeles recording studio, Riabko created a series of demos, reinterpreting Bacharach’s greatest hits. Over the ensuing months, he took the demos to Bacharach who gave his blessing to the production. After seeing the show, Bacharach said it felt as though he had received “a love letter” and commented, “Kyle has done something truly unique with my music.”

Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined plays from 3 October 2015 until 14 February 2016 at the Criterion Theatre, London.


The cast includes Kyle Riabko, Daniel Bailen, Anastacia McClesky, and James Williams.


Music by Burt Bacharach with lyrics by Hal David & others. Conceived by Kyle Riabko & David Lane Seltzer with musical arrangements by Kyle Riabko.
The production is directed by Steven Hoggett with set design by Christine Jones & Brett Banakis, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Tim Lutkin and sound design by Richard Brooker.


Reviews from The Menier Chocolate Factory production of What’s it all about? Bacharach 
★★★★ n an age of jerry-built jukebox musicals this show is a little gem. – The Express
★★★★ Far from being another jukebox musical, this show gives a slew of Bacharach-David hits an exuberant makeover that invites fresh appreciation – The Guardian
★★★★ Kyle Riabko’s beguiling show is a jukebox musical with a twist and a great deal of charm – Financial Times

Kyle Riabko updated Bacharach’s suave and easy style with fresh, irresistible arrangements for 21st century sensibilities – Associated Press
This artfully staged show brings a fresh vibe and reinvigorates the staged-songbook genre – The New York Times
It’s a revelation and it’s fantastic – New York Magazine

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 14 February 2016

Venue Information

Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
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1 thought on “Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined at the Criterion theatre”

  1. Brian RobinsonName (required)

    Although I had no hesitation in booking seats for this show my wife did, stating that Burt Bacharach’s music wasn’t her ‘preferred choice’ but come the interval she was, like myself, looking forward to the second half and completely loving the way the songs were portrayed. The cast were brilliant and this is one show we will be going back to see again – unlike some other shows currently on offer. Good luck to all with the show and thanks for a great evening.

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