Opening night images of Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined

Close To You Opening Night. Burt Bacharach and the cast perform in Piccadilly Circus. Photo credit Craig Sugden.

Close To You Opening Night. Kyle Riabko performs in Piccadilly Circus. Photo credit Craig Sugden.
Kyle Riabko

The highly anticipated West End transfer of Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined the new musical featuring Burt Bacharach’s songbook, opened last night, Thursday 15th October, at the Criterion Theatre in London. After the performance, Burt Bacharach joined the cast in Piccadilly Circus for a very special performance of ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’.

Performed by a young, multi-talented cast led by the visionary musician and performer Kyle Riabko, Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined features Riabko’s thrillingly new, yet beautifully faithful interpretations of Bacharach’s classics. Blending nostalgia and innovation, generations old and new can now revel in all the hits as if for the very first time. The show redefines the songbook musical by fusing this extraordinary reinterpretation of over 30 timeless Bacharach melodies with innovative choreography, taking the audience on an emotional and exhilarating journey.

David Lane Seltzer, Burt Bacharach, Kyle Riabko and Steven Hoggett
David Lane Seltzer, Burt Bacharach, Kyle Riabko and Steven Hoggett

The show, newly renamed Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined, premiered to critical acclaim and was a smash hit at New York Theatre Workshop, original home of both Once and Rent, becoming the longest running show in the history of that theatre, followed recently by a sold out and highly acclaimed run 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.

Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined will make hearts sing and spirits soar with such classics as 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, and, of course, Close to You.

The full cast of talented young performers joining Riabko in Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined are Daniel Bailen, Greg Coulson, Anastacia McCleskey, Stephanie McKeon, Renato Paris and James Williams.

Visit CloseToYouLondon.com to book tickets.

Images: Craig Sugden

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