Close to You, Retitled Burt Bacharach Revue, Opens in West End Tonight

News   Close to You, Retitled Burt Bacharach Revue, Opens in West End Tonight Close to You—Bacharach Reimagined, a retitled version of What's It All About? that recently had its London debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory, opens officially at the West End's Criterion Theatre Oct. 15.

Previews that began Oct. 3, for a run that is initially booking through Jan. 10, 2016.

Directed by Olivier Award winner and three-time Tony nominee Steven Hoggett (Once, Rocky, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time), the cast of singer-musicians is led by Kyle Riabko, who co-conceived the show and has done the new, yet faithful re-interpretations of more than 30 Burt Bacharach's classics, most with lyrics by Hal David. These include such standards as "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?" and others.

Kyle Riabko
Kyle Riabko

Bacharach and David wrote the score to the 1968 Broadway musical Promises, Promises.


After being introduced to Bacharach at a Los Angeles recording studio, Riabko created a series of demos, reinterpreting his songs. Over the ensuing months, he took the demos to Bacharach who gave his blessing to the show, of which he has said, "It’s brilliant. Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. I loved it!"


Originally presented at New York Theatre Workshop in 2013, it ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory July 3-Sept. 5. The New York Theater Workshop/Menier Chocolate Factory production of Close to You is presented in the West End by David Lane Seltzer for Entertainment 360, the producing arm of Management 360, also responsible for the TV series "Game of Thrones."



Set design is by Christine Jones and Brett Banakis, and costume design is by Matthew Wright, with lighting by Tim Lutkin and sound by Richard Brooker.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 847 1778 or visit CloseToYouLondon.com.

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