Kyle Riabko, left, is the creator of a new revue featuring the music of Burt Bacharach.
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.
Riabkow with the cast. The off-Broadway revue begins previews on Nov. 18.
“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.”
Burt’s never-ending tour continues. Just received confirmation of two new dates for January 2014.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Cremona, Italy (Piazza del Comune)
Ravenna, Italy (Paladeandre)
Rome, Italy (Cavea Auditorium)
As always, for the most up to date concert information I’ve got, visit the On Tour page.
Is 2013 becoming the Year of Burt? In addition to his new memoir, a host of international tour dates and several new compilations, PBS will present a new special in June showcasing some of Burt Bacharach’s vintage television performances. Below is the full press release from PBS:
Dusty Springfield and Burt Bacharach. Credit: TJL Productions.
For over half a century, the immensely popular and immediately identifiable melodies of celebrated composer Burt Bacharach have touched millions of music lovers around the world. Beginning his career as an accompanist to the legendary Marlene Dietrich, Bacharach established himself in the 1960s as a successor to his Tin Pan Alley predecessors, creating some of the most beloved and successful pop music ever to grace radio, television and film. Hosted by Robert Wagner, this first-time ever archival PBS special includes all the original artists performing Bacharach’s hits with rare footage and clips from the 1960s-1980s. BURT BACHARACH’S BEST (MY MUSIC) is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning June 1, 2013 (check local listings).
Bacharach teamed with lyricist Hal David for a stunning run of classic songs, many in tandem with songstress Dionne Warwick (“Walk On By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Alfie”). British-born Dusty Springfield enjoyed an iconic Bacharach hit with the seductive “The Look of Love,” while Tom Jones popularized the playful “What’s New Pussycat?” and Herb Alpert romanticized with “This Guy’s in Love With You.” The smashes continued in the 70s when the Carpenters reached #1 with “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” following another chart-topper, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” the Oscar-winning tune sung by B.J. Thomas in the film Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.
The 1980s witnessed more Bacharach chart-toppers such as “Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross and “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Elton John. Film and TV star Robert Wagner brings his distinctively smooth charm and sophisticated style to his role as host for this first-time, all-archival compilation of Bacharach’s music and melodies.
BURT BACHARACH’S BEST (MY MUSIC) features these performances:
• Austin Powers Intro “Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Burt Bacharach”
• “Walk On By” – Dionne Warwick
• “I Say a Little Prayer” – Dionne Warwick
• “Any Day Now” – Chuck Jackson
• “What’s New Pussycat?” – Tom Jones
• “The Look of Love” – Dusty Springfield
• “This Guy’s in Love With You” – Herb Alpert
• “This Girl’s in Love With You” – Dionne Warwick
• “Alfie” – Dionne Warwick
• “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – B.J. Thomas
• “One Less Bell to Answer” – The Fifth Dimension
• “What the World Needs Now Is Love” – Jackie DeShannon
• “(They Long to Be) Close to You” – The Carpenters
• “A House Is Not a Home” – Burt Bacharach and Dusty Springfield
• “Arthur’s Theme” – Christopher Cross and Burt Bacharach with Carole Bayer Sager
• “That’s What Friends Are For” – Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight