NYTW To Present 'What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined' Beginning November 19; Cast Announced
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola has announced thatWhat's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, music by Burt Bacharach; lyrics by Hal David and others; musical arrangements by Kyle Riabko; conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer; directed by Steven Hoggett, will begin performances Tuesday, November 19 at 7pmat NYTW, 79 East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue. Opening night is set forThursday, December 5 at pm. What's It All About? is scheduled to run through Sunday, January 5, 2014; tickets are on sale now.
The enduring music of Burt Bacharach is given new life as musician and actor Kyle Riabko (Spring Awakening, Hair) performs his unique, soulful arrangements of the Bacharach songbook with an eclectic group of young musicians and performers. Steven Hoggett, whose choreography has been featured in such diverse works as Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, andBlack Watch, returns to NYTW, this time as director. What's It All About? is a re-introduction to the timeless music of Bacharach through the eyes and ears of a new generation.
"I'm very supportive of this project," says Burt Bacharach. "I think Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. I like it very much, and I think you will too."
The scenic design for What's It All About? is by Tony Award winner Christine Jones (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) and Brett Banakis; costume design is by Andrea Lauer (American Idiot); lighting design is by Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman (The Nance); sound design is by Tony Award winner Clive Goodwin (Once); casting is by Jim Carnahan. The production stage manager is Lindsey Turteltaub; music direction is by Kyle Riabko.
Kyle Riabko's credits include Spring Awakening (Broadway, National Tour) and Hair(Broadway). At the age of 17, he released full-length album of original material on Columbia/Aware Records. He has been an opening act for John Mayer, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, BB King, Buddy Guy, and JAmes Brown, among others. He has appeared in numerous film and television roles. Kyle grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Steven Hoggett's Broadway credits include the current production of The Glass Menagerie,Once (Obie, Lortel, Callaway awards, Tony nomination; also NYTW, West End), American Idiot,Peter and the Starcatcher (Lortel Award; also at NYTW). West End credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. International credits include Rocky the Musical (Stage Entertainments, Hamburg), Rigoletto (Met Opera), The Full Monty (Sheffield), Let the Right One In, Black Watch (Olivier Award, Best Choreographer), The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland), The Light Princess (Royal National Theatre). As director/choreographer, credits include Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout, Othello (TMA Award, Best Director). He is a founding member of Frantic Assembly.