More details have emerged about the Burt Bacharach-Hal David musical revue project currently in development. Sources say that while the venture is a revue of the Bacharach-David catalog, it is an entirely new production and should not be confused with an earlier effort to bring this catalog before Broadway audiences at the Roundabout Theatre Company in 1998.
That project, titled What the World Needs Now, was presented at the Globe Theatre, and featured a storyline; the current Bacharach-David project, as yet untitled, takes the approach of a musical revue. It had its first reading at the Roundabout on June 16 and 19.
The new work will be produced by the Nederlander Organization, Watt/Dobie Productions and James David. Scott Ellis ( The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson) will direct the show, which was co-conceived Tom Thompson.
Bacharach and David are the legendary pop songwriting team responsible for such '60s hits as "What the World Needs Now," "Alfie," "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" "I Say A Little Prayer," "Close to You," "Always Something There to Remind Me," "This Guy's in Love With You," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "The Look of Love," "What's New, Pussycat?" "Message to Michael," "One Less Bell to Answer" and many more.
Bacharach and David are scheduled to appear in London this week at the Royal Albert Hall where they will be honored by the Nordoff Robbins Foundation for music therapy. -- By Murdoch McBride