Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, now 88, has written the song and score for a little movie called “Po”: his first such efforts in 16 years. The Oscar-winning composer of “Alfie,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Arthur” has a special connection to the project.
As Burt continues to recover from a broken arm suffered in August, two engagements originally scheduled for October have been rescheduled to early 2017.
As always, for the most up-to-date info I have on upcoming concerts, visit the On Tour page.
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After suffering a broken arm, Burt Bacharach has canceled two upcoming concerts: Sept. 3 at the North Sea Jazz Fesival in Curacao, Dutch Antilles, and Sept. 17 at Lancaster Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, California.
According to his spokesperson, Burt is expected to be ready to perform by Oct. 1, when he is scheduled to perform a concert at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Burt Bacharach is canceling two September concerts to recover from a broken arm. A spokeswoman for the 88-year-old composer and conductor said Tuesday that Bacharach will skip scheduled performances on Sept. 3 in Curacao and Sept. 17 in Lancaster, California.
A chorus of Broadway celebrities raised their voices in song in response to the June 12 Orlando shooting massacre, the worst in U.S. history. Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sarah Jessica Parker and dozens more gathered June 15 at Avatar Studios to sing a benefit single of “What the World Needs Now is Love.” Playbill was on hand to capture the moment for an accompanying music video of the song, which is produced by Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley and Van Dean of Broadway Records. Click here for the digital download of the single. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
On June 24, Ghostlight Records will release the original London cast recording of Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined, Kyle Riabko’s jukebox musical celebrating the music of Burt Bacharach. The show garnered glowing reviews last year for Riabko’s fresh, imaginative take on the music of Burt Bacharach, and the cast album promises the full show, featuring more than 30 classic Bacharach songs as well as a dozen of Riabko’s demo recordings.
The show also boasts a significant endorsement, that of the composer:
“Kyle has done something truly unique,” said Burt Bacharach. “It’s brilliant. It’s a very fresh take on my music and a huge tribute to me.”
The album will be released digitally on June 24 with a CD release to follow in July 1.
The text of Ghostlight Records’ press release is below.
New York, NY (5/24/2016) – Ghostlight Records will release the Original London Cast Recording of
KYLE RIABKO’s Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined in digital formats, Friday, June 24 with
two-disc physical copies online and in stores Friday, July 1. Seen in New York and London, the show
revitalizes the catalog of the iconic American composer for a new generation with Riabko’s visionary
interpretations. The album also features special bonus tracks of Kyle’s never-before-heard original demos,
which formed the basis for the project. The 28-page booklet includes a note from Riabko, liner notes,
production and studio photography and opening night photos of Bacharach with the cast. Videos of the
West End production’s trailer and the album’s recording session are available on YouTube. Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined is produced and arranged by Kyle Riabko with David Lane Seltzer of
Entertainment 360 serving as executive producer.
Starting on June 3, customers that pre-order the album will immediately receive the two tracks “Close to
You” and “Anyone Who Had a Heart / This Guy’s In Love with You.” Please visit www.sh-kboom.
Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined is the Original London Cast Recording of the hit West End show
which began Off Broadway and featured musician Kyle Riabko’s brilliant take on the genre-spanning
catalogue of Burt Bacharach, with lyrics by Hal David and others. The recording features over 30 hits as
performed by Riabko and the other incredibly talented young singers and musicians who made up the cast
of this magical show. The album showcases beautifully-reimagined versions of classics such as “Alfie,” “I Say
a Little Prayer,” “Walk On By,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “The Look of Love,” “What’s New
Pussycat?”, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “(There’s) Always Something There to
Remind Me,” “A House Is Not A Home,” and the enduring title track.
Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined was hailed as “an exhilaratingly fresh new spin” by the London
Independent, “highly imaginative” by The Daily Telegraph, “the hippest and hottest musical night in town”
by The Stage and “ferociously clever” by The Daily Mail. When the show originally opened in New York,
Entertainment Weekly raved that “Riabko is the wonderfully appealing star. It’s completely swoon-worthy
and super-groovy.” New York Magazine called the show “a stunning new musical. It’s a revelation and it’s
fantastic.” According to The Washington Post, “the fun, youthful vibe of this show brings a new flavor to
Bacharach’s timeless classics.”
Burt Bacharach appeared at the show’s opening night in the West End, and said, “This is star musicianship.
Kyle is a beautiful singer and one hell of a guitar player. This is truly a gift. It’s a love letter to me.”
KYLE RIABKO is a singer, guitarist, composer and actor who grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Before
starring on Broadway in both Spring Awakening and Hair, Kyle released a full-length album of original
music on Columbia/Aware Records and spent his teen years appearing as an opening act for a wide range of
artists including: B.B. King, James Brown, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo’, Buddy Guy, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5,
After appearing in various film and television roles, Kyle created and starred in an earlier incarnation of the
show at New York Theatre Workshop and The Menier Chocolate Factory under the title What’s It All About?
Bacharach Reimagined. The production received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revue,
an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and four Lucille
Lortel Award nominations, including ones for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Lead Actor in a
Musical for Kyle.
The album features Kyle Riabko (vocals, guitars, keyboards, ukulele), Daniel Bailen (vocals, electric
bass, upright bass, cello, guitar), Greg Coulson (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Anastacia McCleskey
(vocals), Stephanie McKeon (vocals), Renato Paris (vocals, keyboards) and James Williams
“CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REVISITED” TRACK LIST
2. Anyone Who Had A Heart /
This Guy’s In Love With You
3. The Look Of Love / I Say A Little Prayer / Arthur’s Theme
4. Close To You
5. Psychedelic Interlude
6. I Come To You
7. Making Love
8. San Jose Interlude
9. The Windows Of The World /
What The World Needs Now Is Love
10. Message To Michael /
Do You Know The Way To San Jose
11. The Sundance Kid / Magic Moments /
Trains and Boats and Planes
12. Don’t Make Me Over
13. Walk On By
14. A House Is Not A Home
15. Make It Easy On Yourself / Mash-Up (Magic Moments,
Alfie, Making Love, This Guy’s In Love With You)
1. Percussion Section (Reach Out For Me, Baby It’s You, Wishin’ and Hopin’, That’s What Friends Are For, Any Day Now)
2. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
3. Mexican Divorce
4. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself / On My Own /(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me
5. Raindrops Interlude
7. What The World Needs Now Is Love
8. What’s New Pussycat?
9. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
10. DEMO: Anyone Who Had A Heart / This Guy’s In Love With You
11. DEMO: The Look Of Love / I Say A Little Prayer For You /Arthur’s Theme
12. DEMO: Close To You
13. DEMO: I Come To You
14. DEMO: Making Love
15. DEMO: San Jose Interlude
16. DEMO: Message To Michael / Do You Know The Way To San Jose
17. DEMO: The Sundance Kid / Magic Moments
18. DEMO: Don’t Make Me Over
19. DEMO: Walk On By (original version)
20. DEMO: Walk On By (revised version)
21. DEMO: I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
Burt will kick off his U.K. tour this summer with a newly announced concert at the London Palladium on June 25. That date is in addition to his previously announced performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall with special guest Joss Stone on July 4. The Palladium show also promises “very special guest artists,” but it appears we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out who those special guests are.
Burt Bacharach’s summer and fall tour has expanded over the last few days with the announcement of nine additional concerts. The latest addition to his itinerary is a performance at the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival on Sept. 3, where he’ll perform alongside stars including Tom Jones, Michael Bolton and Branford Marsalis.
As announced last week, Burt will also play the Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival on July 9 and Harpa Eldborg Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, on July 12. Those two dates are in addition to his previously announced performance at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival on July 10.
In addition to the big festival shows, Burt will also perform at Belly Up in Solana Beach, Calif. on Aug. 21 and 22 (after the first night’s performance sold out, an additional night was added), at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Oct. 1, and at Seattle’s Jazz Alley from Oct. 21 to 23.
As always, for the most up-to-date list of shows, please visit the On Tour Page!
On April 5, Burt Bacharach will co-host a special free screening of the new autism drama Po at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles.
Presented in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month, the screening will also feature director John Asher and the film’s stars, Christopher Gorham, Kaitlin Doubleday and newcomer Julian Feder.
Bacharach, who scored the movie, has a very personal connection to the film. His daughter Nikki suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder. She committed suicide in 2007 at the age of 40.
“I was so touched by the film that scoring it was a labor of love,” Bacharach said.
The screening will take place April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. This special “blue carpet” event is free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full press release is below:
Based on a true story, ‘Po’ is about David Wilson (Gorham), a single dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism after his young wife falls victim to cancer. Patrick, who prefers to be called Po (Feder), is a gifted but challenged child who is unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after Mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David is overwhelmed by a high pressure job he is close to losing, while Po escapes being bullied and other tough moments by drifting into his magical fantasy world where he is just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the mounting challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Amy (Doubleday), Po’s caring therapist, plays a critical role in keeping the family together where the bonds of love are tested in the most real way.
John Asher, whose own son has autism adds, “I am so grateful that festivals of this elite level, which are truly focused on independent films, have recognized the importance of our movie and its message.”
Burt Bacharach who scored the movie and had a daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome explains, “I was so touched by the film that scoring it was a labor of love.”
‘Po’ begins its festival tour with its WORLD PREMIERE at the Panama International Film Festival on April 10th, NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE at the Palm Beach International Film Festival April 11th, WorldFest Houston April 16th, Newport Beach Film Festival honoring Burt Bacharach April 23rd, Arizona International Film Festival, and closing night film of Albuquerque Film and Music Experience on April 24th.
The film is produced by LOFC Production, LLC.
‘Po’ – Awareness Screening
Date/Time: April 5, 2016 at 7:30pm
Location: Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by: Burt Bacharach, Kaitlin Doubleday, Chris Gorham, Julian Feder and John Asher
Tickets: This special “blue carpet” event is FREE to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend, please RSVP to email@example.com.
Media Contact:Tammy Lynn, Spotlight PR Company
SOURCE LOFC Production, LLC