Bacharach musical, Close To You, transfers to Criterion

Close To You. Images Johan Persson
Close To You. Images Johan Persson

Mention the name Burt Bacharach and one instantly remembers those easy listening songs from the 1970s – well think again.

Close To You is a new musical featuring Burt Bacharach’s songbook reimagined in spectacular style.

It makes its highly anticipated West End transfer to the Criterion Theatre from October 3.

Performed by a young, multi-talented cast led by the visionary musician and performer Kyle Riabko, the show features Riabko’s thrilling interpretations of Bacharach’s classics.

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The show redefines the songbook musical by fusing an extraordinary reinterpretation of over 30 timeless Bacharach melodies with innovative choreography, taking the audience on an emotional and exhilarating journey.

Burt Bacharach has given the show his wholehearted and enthusiastic support, exclaiming, “It’s brilliant. Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. I loved it!”

The show, newly renamed Close To You, recently by a sold out at The Menier Chocolate Factory.

Directed by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett, best known for his iconic movement for such hits as Once, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Black Watch, Riabko leads an incredibly talented group of singers and musicians from both sides of the Atlantic through Bacharach’s greatest hits.

The show features fresh new arrangements of classics like Alfie, Anyone Who Had a Heart, I Say a Little Prayer, Magic Moments, The Look of Love, Walk on By, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, What’s New Pussycat, I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself, This Guy’s in Love With You, What the World Needs Now is Love and Close to You.

The New York Theater Workshop / Menier Chocolate Factory production of CLOSE TO YOU is presented in the West End by David Lane Seltzer for Entertainment 360, the producing arm of Management 360, also responsible for the blockbuster TV series Game of Thrones and the upcoming, highly anticipated Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic.

Close To You runs at the Criterion Theatre from October 3-January 10.

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