This week, over-the-air network getTV is airing Dionne Warwick’s first network TV special. The Dionne Warwick Special: Souled Out, originally broadcast Sept. 17, 1969, captures Dionne at the height of her career and features performances from Burt Bacharach, Glen Campbell, Creedence Clearwater Revival and comedian George Kirby. The special airs March 4 at 1 p.m. CST and March 6 at 9 a.m. CST. As the saying goes, check your local listings to see if you can pick up getTV in your market. (Thanks to Alec C. for the tip!)
Following last year’s mammoth tour of the UK and Italy, which included a triumphant performance on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival, Burt Bacharach returns to Europe this summer for an encore. Burt is currently scheduled to perform at Vienna’s Jazz Fest Wien on July 1 followed by a headlining performance at the Love Supreme Festival in East Sussex, U.K., on July 3 (where he shares top billing with the legendary Grace Jones).
As always, for the most up-to-date list of upcoming concert appearances (that I’m aware of, anyway), visit the On Tour page.
On Feb. 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new concert special celebrating the life and career of Burt Bacharach. Filmed last year at London’s Royal Festival Hall and originally aired on the BBC, Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song combines live performances of classic Bacharach songs with an on-stage conversation between Burt and Michael Grade in which Burt discusses his life and the art of songwriting and shares some of the stories behind his songs. In addition to Burt and his band, the concert features live performances by Alfie Boe, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Shaun Escoffery, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Hayward, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Mvula and Joss Stone. Burt Bacharach: A Life in Song is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.
Lincoln Center will present a free livestream of tonight’s concert presentation of songs from “Some Lovers,” Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater acclaimed new musical. As part of Lincoln Center’s LC Originals: First Look series, top Broadway talent including Will Swenson, Jessica Phillps, Jenni Barber and Andrew Mueller will perform the songs of “Some Lovers.” The concert is at 7:30 p.m. ET in the David Rubenstein Atrium. To see the livestream, visit http://www.lincolncenter.org/lc-live
Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined, Kyle Riabko’s jukebox musical celebrating the genius of Burt Bacharach, opened at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End last night to glowing reviews. In the week leading up to last night’s premiere, Burt, accompanied by Riabko, the show’s star and creator, made the rounds with a series of media appearances to promote the show on Good Morning, Britain, Later with Jools Holland, the Steve Wright Show and others.
Among the more notable reviews, Doug Mayo of BritishTheater.com gave the show five stars, Claire Allfree writing for The Telegraph called it a “delirious dreamscape,” Mark Shenton writing for London Theater Guide gave it four stars, and Ian Foster of LondonTheatre1.com gave the show five stars.
Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined continues at the Criterion Theatre through Jan. 10, 2016.
After an acclaimed run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, Kyle Riabko’s Close To You – Bacharach Reimagined transfers to the West End next month. The musical review, which features Riabko’s stripped-down arrangements of Bacharach classics and which comes with Burt’s blessing, opens at the Criterion Theatre on Oct. 2. If you’re in the U.K., tickets are now available via Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Fresh off his summer tour of Europe, Burt and his band will head Down Under this fall for a series of dates in Australia. His six dates there will be his first performances in Australia since 2012. Burt has always had a special place in his heart for Australia. Fans no doubt recall his Live at the Sydney Opera House album was recorded during a 2008 tour.
The full slate of tour dates is listed below.
|Oct. 24||Adelaide, Australia (Adelaide Entertainment Centre)|
|Oct. 26||Perth, Australia (Crown Theatre)|
|Oct. 28||Melbourne, Australia (Palais Theatre)|
|Oct. 30||Canberra, Australia (Royal Theatre)|
|Nov. 1||Sydney, Australia (State Theatre)|
|Nov. 4||Gold Coast, Australia (Jupiters Hotel and Casino)|
Burt Bacharach and his band will perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, the legendary British festival known for showcasing the biggest acts in rock.
Even more exciting, Burt will perform on the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury’s iconic main stage, which this year will feature headliners including Foo Fighters, the Who, Florence & the Machine, Paul Weller and Motorhead.
Burt will perform on Saturday, June 27, at 4:30 p.m., sharing the day’s bill with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, the Waterboys and Courtney Barnett.
Some U.K. fans may recall that Burt was previously scheduled to play Glastonbury back in 2000, but he was forced to withdraw due to a broken shoulder.
The Glastonbury performance is a late addition to Burt’s summer tour of the U.K., which also includes concerts in London, Killarney, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham and Bristol.
As always, for the most up-to-date list of Bacharach concerts, visit the On Tour page.
July 10, 2015 Pescara Italy Teatro de Annunzio
July 11, 2015 Rome, Italy Cavea Auditorium
July 13, 2015 Tortona, Italy Arena Derthona
As always, for the most up-to-date concert listings, visit the On Tour page.