New York Theatre Workshop Extends WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Through 2/2
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker just announced that following rave reviews and strong box office, What'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 extend four weeks through Sunday, February 2, at NYTW, 79 East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue. What's It All About? had originally been scheduled to run throughSunday, January 5, 2014.
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, and Black 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.
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.
Burt Bacharach has been one of the most-honored and successful composers for six decades. His music is as diverse as his audiences, spanning generations and continents, as he is celebrated both as a pop culture icon and one of the world's greatest contemporary composers. Bacharach's song credits include "Alfie," "Arthur's Theme," "Close To You," "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," "I Say A Little Prayer," "I'll Never Fall In Love Again," "On My Own," "That's What Friends Are For," "This Guy's In Love With You," "Walk On By," "What The World Needs Now Is Love," and "Wishin' And Hopin'." He has written nine #1 songs, 48 Top 10 hits, and over 70 Top 40 hits. Bacharach and Hal David were the recipients of the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Bacharach is also the recipient of three Academy Awards, and eight Grammys, including the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and 1997 Trustees Award. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is the recipient of other tributes received from top music industry institutions to governments, universities and charitable and philanthropic groups. Bacharach's memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart, was published in May 2013.