Kyle Riabko's Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined at the Criterion Theatre
The Celebration of Burt Bacharach Transferring from the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark
It isn’t very often that news emerges of a brand new opening at the Criterion Theatre - after all, the venue was the home of The 39 Steps for an extended period between 2006 and 2015. Earlier this year, however, the adaptation of the John Buchan novel/Alfred Hitchcock film announced its closure for September, leaving the stage set for new shows to take its place at the Piccadilly Circus venue.
And that show is Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined, a production that many will remember made quite an impression at the Menier Chocolate Factory under the title What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. As a result it becomes the latest in a long line of shows to transfer to the West End from the Southwark venue.
Kyle Riabko is the man behind the production. He is a talented young composer who has put together brand new arrangements of Burt Bacharach’s classic tracks, with Steven Hoggett directing (choreographer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). It means that audiences old and new will find something to like in this show.
It joins an array of others in the West End that celebrate a well known name or group, from Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre to Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre, which are based on the work of Michael Jackson and The Four Seasons respectively.
Burt Bacharach needs little introduction. The musician has been behind some of the last century’s most iconic hit songs, whether it is Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from the film Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid to What The World Needs Now Is Love, and as a result it is no wonder he is a celebrated, Grammy Award-winning artist. He has penned hits for himself and other well known performers and his legendary status makes him ripe for a West End celebration.
After all, this celebration has already been seen in New York, where it found great success prior to its arrival at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined takes to the stage of the Criterion Theatre on 15th October 2015 (with previews beginning on 3rd October 2015).