Opening to public and critical acclaim on 15th October, new musical Close to You featuring Burt Bacharach’s songbook, broke box office records at the Criterion Theatre with the biggest advance in the venue’s history.
Sally Greene, Chief Executive of the Criterion Theatre said: ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled that we have been able to agree an extension of five weeks with the wonderful company of Close to You. It has been a pleasure to welcome such a warm-hearted and joyous show, and even better that they have broken all box office records!’
Burt Bacharach said: ‘Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined is a beautiful Valentine to me, and it’s also a Valentine to the audiences who are fortunate enough to experience it. I’m thrilled to hear that its West End run is being extended due to popular demand until Valentine’s Day, which also seems very fitting since most of my songs are love songs. I am in awe of what Kyle Riabko has done with my music, and I’m truly in love with this extraordinary show. It’s very gratifying to know that London audiences have embraced Close to You and my music in the way that they have and that they’ll have the next few months to see the show if they haven’t already, or to see it again before it ends its glorious run at The Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus on 14th February.’
Performed by a young, multi-talented cast led by the visionary musician and performer Kyle Riabko, the show 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, with classics such 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 and, of course, Close to You.
Visit CloseToYouLondon.com to buy tickets.
Images: Johan Persson