A new musical revue featuring the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David is scheduled to begin previews in November.
“What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined” begins performances on Nov. 18 at New York Theater Workshop, with opening night set for Dec. 5. The revue is the brainchild of actor, singer and musician Kyle Riabko, whose Broadway credits include “Spring Awakening” and “Hair.” Tony-nominated choreographer Steven Hoggett directs. Intriguingly, the show promises the multi-talented Riabko’s own unique, soulful interpretations of Bacharach classics.
The show comes with a very special endorsement.
“I’m very supportive of this project,” Bacharach says in the press release show. “I think Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. I like it very much, and I think you will too.”
Clink this link to see the full press release.
On Jan. 11, Burt will make a relatively rare Gulf South appearance in Biloxi, Miss, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and on Jan. 25, he’ll be in Brooks, Calif., at Cache Creek Casino Resort. There’s a third January show that is in the works, but I’ll hold off on publishing that date until it’s officially confirmed and announced by the promoter.
I’m looking forward to catching the Jan. 11 show in Biloxi, where I first saw Burt perform live a little over 10 years ago.
Those shows are in addition to Burt’s previously announced show on Dec. 19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As always, for the complete list of upcoming shows, visit the On Tour page.
Just received confirmation of five new tour dates in November and December. On Nov. 9, Burt will perform in Kiawah Island, S.C., as part of Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz. On Nov. 23, Burt will perform in Indio, Calif., at Fantasy Springs Casino. On Dec. 13 and 14, Burt will perform with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. And, finally, on Dec. 19, Burt will perform at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Spring, Colo. There are also a couple of additional Colorado dates pending which I’ll post as soon as they’re confirmed.
Just catching up with some of the recent press coverage accompanying the U.K. release of “Anyone Who Had a Heart.”
First off, Mick Brown of the Telegraph had a marvelous, candid interview with Burt that surveys his entire career.
The Daily Express’ Sandro Monetti had this interview with Burt and the newspaper also included this nice interview with Burt’s collaborator Elvis Costello on what Bacharach has meant to him as a songwriter and what it was like working with the legendary composer.
Finally, the Daily Record featured this interview with Burt in which he talks about the state of the recording industry and the rigors of book promotion.
Burt is currently in the midst of a European tour that kicked off on June 14 in Sweden. Beginning this evening, June 20, he’ll perform three concerts in Italy before heading to the U.K. for five shows between June 26 and July 7 (with a one-off in Israel sandwiched in between).
As part of his regular “How I Write” feature, Noah Charney interviewed Burt Bacharach yesterday in the Daily Beast.
Was there a specific moment when you felt you had “made it” as a songwriter?
To see the entire interview, visit the Daily Beast.
In news that I know will be greeted with cheers by his many Italian fans, Burt Bacharach is scheduled to perform three concerts in Italy this summer. While the three cities are the same as previously posted on this site — Cremona, Ravenna and Rome — the venues are different and the date of the Rome concert has been changed.
|June 20||Cremona, Italy (Piazza del Comune)|
|June 22||Ravenna, Italy (Paladeandre)|
|June 23||Rome, Italy (Cavea Auditorium)|
As always, for the most up to date concert information I’ve got, visit the On Tour page.
Here are the links to a few of Burt’s recent media appearances to promote Anyone Who Had a Heart.
May 7, 2013
In conjunction with the U.K. release of Burt Bacharach’s new memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music, Universal Music is preparing to issue a new Bacharach box set celebrating his songwriting. The six-disc set spans his career and features discs devoted to his solo career as well jazz interpretations of his songs. There will also be a two-disc sampler of the British box set and a U.S. two-disc collection with a different track listing. Not only that, the U.S. and U.K. samplers include tracks not on the box set. Confused? Don’t be. Joe Marchese, a longtime friend of Bacharachonline.com, sorts out the different releases in this outstanding article at The Second Disc.