Wednesday, 15 April 2015

What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined to receive UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory

It has been announced that the Menier Chocolate Factory will stage the UK première of What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. 

The production opens on 15th July (previews from 3rd July) and runs until 5th September 2015. 

Burt Bacharach’s celebrated songbook is given an exciting new interpretation with Kyle Riabko’s thrillingly original musical arrangement. This show, directed by Oliver Award-winner Steven Hoggett, is a dynamic 90-minute non-stop musical journey in which the 27-year-old Riabko leads a talented group of young performers through Bacharach’s classic melodies, blending nostalgia and innovation, where generations old and new can revel in the joy of these hits as if for the very first time.

This production previously played to critical acclaim at New York Theatre Workshop, where it became the venue’s longest running show. 

What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined features over 30 of Bacharach’s unparalleled catalogue of hits including Alfie, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, What the World Needs Now Is Love, I Say a Little Prayer, Walk on By, A House Is Not a Home, That’s What Friends Are For, Close to You, (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me, The Look of Love, What’s New Pussycat?, Do You Know the Way to San Jose?, The Windows of the World, I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself, Magic Moments, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Make It Easy on Yourself, Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Message to Michael.

After being introduced to Bacharach at a Los Angeles recording studio, Riabko created a series of demos, reinterpreting Bacharach’s classic songs. Over the ensuing months, he took the demos to Bacharach who gave his blessing to What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined - a tour de force musical performance for long-time Bacharach fans and an exhilarating introduction to his timeless music for a younger audience. After seeing the show, Bacharach said it felt as though he had received “a love letter” and commented, “Kyle has done something truly unique with my music."

Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson

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