The musical revue featuring the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David began performances April 4 and opened May 4 to unfriendly reviews. The production, which had extended to June 29 but reverted to its original close date, failed to garner any Tony Award nominations.
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 in the show include some late '60s, early '70s classics — 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.