Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined to Transfer to the West End

Close to You, a new musical that features the songbook of Burt Bacharach will be making its West End transfer to the Criterion Theatre from the 3rd October it has been announced.

Performed by a talented cast led by musician and performer Kyle Riabko, the show will feature Riabko’s faithful renditions of classic Bacharach songs including ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, ‘Alfie’, ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’ and many others.

The production will blend nostalgia with innovation to make a show that generations old and new can revel in the many familiar songs as if they were new. It will aim to reinvent the songbook musical by combining over thirty classic Bacharach melodies with innovative choreography.

WHATS IT ALL ABOUT,                   , Music - Burt Bacharach, Musical Arrangements - Kyle Riabko, Directed -Steven Hoggett, Lighting Designer - Tim Lutkin, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, UK, Credit: Johan Persson/
Kyle Riabkoo in Close to You. Image Credit: Johan Persson.

Burt Bacharach has lent his support to the show saying: “It’s brilliant. Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. I loved it!” .

The production, which has been newly named Close to You, was a smash hit when it appeared at the New York Theatre Workshop and became the longest running show in the history of the theatre. That run was recently followed up recently by a sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Close to You is directed by the Olivier Award winning Steven Hoggett, who is best known for his movement for shows such as Once and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. As well as music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David and others, other production credits include set design by Christine Jones and Brett Banakis, costume design by Matthew Wright and lighting designed by Tim Lutkin.

Close to You opens for previews at the Criterion Theatre on the 3rd October and will  run until the 10th January 2016. Tickets are available to buy now. 

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