By Andrew Gans
19 Apr 2009
Actress-comic Kathy Najimy directs the production, which will run through May 17 at the L.A. venue.
The cast features "American Idol" finalist and former Hairspray star Diana DeGarmo, West End musical actor and "American Idol" contestant Tom Lowe, musical and film actress Tressa Thomas and Hairspray's Susan Mosher (Mosher replaced the previously announced Mary Birdsong.)
Javier Velasco choreographs the production with musical arrangements by Steve Gunderson.
Back to Bacharach and David — described as "a night of amazing voices, comedy, and a tribute to the brilliant songs that Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote from 1960 to 1970" — was conceived by Najimy and Gunderson.
Composer Bacharach added, "I saw this show in San Diego a couple of years ago and was quite impressed with the presentation and the musicality. I have always been very particular about how my music is presented on stage and have had some disappointments in the past. Steve Gunderson's musicality and Kathy Najimy's direction makes this a very exciting prospect for me."
The design team comprises set designer Myung Hee Cho, Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, Ovation-winning sound designer Martin Carrillo and theatre and rock concert lighting designer Anne Militello. The musical director is Ben Toth.
The Music Box @ Fonda is located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd. For tickets visit www.etix.com.