About the showKyle Raibko’s triumphant musical that reimagines Burt Bacharach’s legendary back catalogue transfers to the West End this year following a critically acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Formerly known as What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, this musical is an exciting homage to the six-time Grammy Award Winner who wrote hits for Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield, to name just a few. First opening at the New York Theatre Workshop, it became the longest running show at the venue that was once home to the musical theatre sensations Rent and Once and enjoyed sensational reviews from critics and the public.
Close to You takes place in a sofa-filled loft as a group of young singers and musicians play through Bacharach’s most famous work. Not just another jukebox musical, the songs follow and flow through each other like a jam session rather than being pinned to a biographical story line. Instead, the musical is held together by the talented group of musicians, headed by the 27-year old Raibko. His acoustic arrangements breathe fresh life into Bacharach’s music, turning them from well-known pop ballads into searching and yearning songs in their own right.
Riabko began his career touring with musicians such as John Mayer, Delta Goodrem and Jason Mraz before turning his hand to musical theatre with leading roles on Broadway in Spring Awakening and Hair. His cross-generational arrangements of Bacharach’s greatest hits bring freshness and nostalgia to the stage and gives audiences of all ages the opportunity to appreciate the genius of the original composer. The man himself gives the show his blessing: “It’s a love letter and truly unique. I love it’.