Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined at the Criterion theatre

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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.

CAST

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

CREATIVE TEAM

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

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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Having triumphed in New York with rave reviews, the wildly successful celebration of Burt Bacharach’s songbook CLOSE TO YOU has transferred to the heart of London’s West End.

The show premiered to critical acclaim at New York Theatre Workshop, original home of both Once and Rent, becoming the longest running show in the history of that theatre, followed recently by a sold out and highly acclaimed run at The Menier Chocolate Factory.

Directed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett, performed by a young group of multi-talented musicians and led by the visionary musician and performer Kyle Riabko, the show features thrillingly fresh yet beautifully faithful re-interpretations of Bacharach’s classic songs, blending nostalgia and innovation, so that generations young and old can discover the magic of Bacharach’s music as if for the very first time.

CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED comes complete with Bacharach’s official blessing, the great man himself declaring: “It’s a love letter and truly unique. I love it!”

Fall in love with Bacharach all over again in a dynamic, uplifting and magical journey through over 30 classic hits including: ALFIE, ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART, I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER, WALK ON BY, RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD, WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? And, of course, CLOSE TO YOU.

Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined is booking until Valentine’s Day 2016 at the Criterion Theatre

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Close To You extends West End run

Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined extends its West End transfer at the Criterion Theatre.

Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined has announced an extension to its West End transfer playing until Valentine’s Day 14 February 2016 at the Criterion Theatre.

Opening to great reviews in October, the production which features Burt Bacharach’s songbook, allegedly broke box office records at the Criterion Theatre with the biggest advance in the venue’s history.   The show, newly renamed CLOSE TO YOU, premiered to critical acclaim and was a smash hit at New York Theatre Workshop, original home of both Once and Rent, becoming the longest running show in the history of that theatre, followed recently by a sold out and highly acclaimed run at The Menier Chocolate Factory.

Sally Greene, Chief Executive of the Criterion Theatre said: ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have been able to agree an extension of five weeks with the wonderful company of Close To You. It has been a pleasure to welcome such a warm-hearted and joyous show, and even better that they have broken all box office records!’

Burt Bacharach said: “I’m thrilled to hear that its West End run is being extended due to popular demand until Valentine’s Day which also seems very fitting since most of my songs are love songs. I am in awe of what Kyle Riabko has done with my music, and I’m truly in love with this extraordinary show. It’s very gratifying to know that London audiences have embraced ‘CLOSE TO YOU’ and my music in the way that they have and that they’ll have the next few months to see the show if they haven’t already, or to see it again before it ends its glorious run at The Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus on the 14th of February.’

Performed by a young cast led by Kyle Riabko, the show features Riabko’s thrillingly new yet beautifully faithful interpretations of Bacharach’s classics such as Alfie, Anyone Who Had a Heart, I Say a Little Prayer, Magic Moments, The Look of Love, Walk on By, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, What’s New Pussycat, I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself, This Guy’s in Love With You, What the World Needs Now is Love and, of course, Close to You.

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Close To You Bacharach Reimagined transfers to the West End

Close To You makes its highly anticipated West End transfer to the Criterion Theatre.

Close To You, a new musical featuring Burt Bacharach’s songbook, transfers to the West End playing a strictly limited season from 3 October 2015 until 10 January 2016 at the Criterion Theatre.

Redefining the songbook musical, Close To You – Bacharach Reimagined fuses Kyle Riabko’s reinterpretation of over 30 timeless Bacharach melodies with innovative choreography, taking the audience on an emotional and exhilarating journey.

The production, conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer, came about after Bacharach and Riabko were introduced at an LA recording studio, with Riabko going on to produce numerous demos for Bacharach.  Premiering at The New York Theater Workshop as What’s It All About- Bacharach Reimagined, the production received critical acclaim going on to be the longest running show in the history of that theatre, followed by the recent sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, from where it transfers.

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’ 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.

Close To You is directed by Steven Hoggett, with set design by Christine Jones and Brett Banakis, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, and sound design by Richard Brooker.

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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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