What the World Needs Now: The Look of Love Opens on Broadway, May 4
By Ernio Hernandez
May 4, 2003
The Look of Love fixes it gaze upon Broadway as the musical revue opens May 4 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The Roundabout Theatre Company production featuring the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David began performances April 4. Originally scheduled to run through June 15, the show extended its run through June 29.
Scott Ellis stages the work with choreography of Ann Reinking — both of whom, along with David Thompson and David Loud, conceived the production. The cast features Liz Callaway, Kevin Ceballo, Jonathan Dokuchitz, Eugene Fleming, Capathia Jenkins, Janine LaManna, Shannon Lewis, Rachelle Rak, Desmond Richardson, pit singers Farah Alvin and Nikki Renée Daniels as well as swings Allyson Turner and Eric Jordan Young.
The design team includes Derek McLane (set), Martin Pakledinaz (costume), Howell Binkley (lighting) and Brian Ronan (sound). Music direction and arrangements are by David Loud. Don Sebesky handles orchestrations.
Among the array of tunes audience will hear include some late '60s, early '70s classic — such as "I Say a Little Prayer," "What's New, Pussycat," "What the World Needs Now," "Close to You," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "Walk on By," and the title song. The smooth songs of the duo were made famous by such artists as Tom Jones, The Fifth Dimension, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick.
The complete songlist of musical numbers performed (and who performs them) include:
"The Look of Love" Jenkins and Company
"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" Fleming, Dokuchitz, Ceballo
"You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)" LaManna
"I Say a Little Prayer" Callaway, Jenkins, LaManna
"Promise Her Anything" Dokuchitz, Lewis, Rak
"I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself" Callaway
"Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Fleming, Richardson
"Are You There (with Another Girl)" Jenkins
"Another Night" LaManna, Richardson
"Yo Nunca Volveré Amar (I’ll Never Fall in Love Again)" Ceballo, Lewis
"She Likes Basketball" Fleming
"What's New Pussycat?" Lewis, LaManna, Rak
"Walk On By" Jenkins
"A House Is Not a Home" Dokuchitz
"One Less Bell to Answer" Callaway
"Casino Royale" The Orchestra, Alvin, Daniels
"Wishin’ and Hopin’" LaManna, Lewis, Rak
"This Guy’s in Love with You/This Girl’s in Love with You" Fleming, Jenkins
"Trains and Boats and Planes" Richardson
"Do You Know the Way to San Jose" Ceballo, Dokuchitz, Fleming, Richardson
"Twenty-Four Hours from Tulsa" Rak
"Close to You" LaManna, Dokuchitz
"Anyone Who Had a Heart" Ceballo
"Wives and Lovers" Lewis, Richardson, Fleming
"Make It Easy on Yourself" Jenkins
"Knowing When to Leave" Callaway
"Promises, Promises" Callaway, Jenkins
"What the World Needs Now Is Love" Entire Company
For tickets to The Look of Love at the Atkinson, 256 West 47 Street, call (212) 307-7171.