What's It All About

After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
What's It All About
Posted: 11/26/13 at 11:28pm
Burt Bacharach fans beware, and definitely steer clear of this ghastly "reimagining" of his songs as the doleful intonations of a group of morose, ersatz flower children! Dark, dismal and thoroughly misguided.

Taryn
Broadway Legend
joined:1/24/04
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 01:10am
Well, I loved it.
neonlightsxo
Leading Actor
joined:7/29/08
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 08:55am
PalJoey
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/04
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 12:24pm
It was never supposed to be something you would like.

It was always intended as the kind of thing that would be liked by people who have never even heard of Nobody Loves an Albatross, let alone think it should have been nominated for a Pulitzer.
yr pal,
joey




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macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 12:26pm
After Eight, you and I have agreed on many points in the past, but I am wondering about how you choose the shows you want to see. Why would you have gone to see this one?
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 12:31pm
So he can come here and whine like a cranky codger of course.
....but the world goes 'round
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 12:32pm
Well, Burt loves it.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
Borstalboy
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/04
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 12:51pm


After Eight?

"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 01:01pm
Mac,

Sorry to have started a new thread. I did a search and nothing came up.

In any case, to answer your question, I went because I love Burt Bacharach's songs ---- when they're done the right way, that is.

This was simply ghastly.

And PJ, if this is intended for people who know neither Bacharach, nor Nobody Loves an Albatross, then it is all the more important that they be introduced to the real thing. Please, let's not have you, or this show condescend to them.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 01:08pm
Because you want a monopoly on condescension?

For the record: I have heard very mixed things about this.
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10
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Posted: 11/27/13 at 01:16pm

He already has a monopoly on Truth. Why not condescension, too?

What's it all about, After Eighty?

I'll tell you what. Jordan and Whizzer and Kad and I challenge you to a F*CKing game of Monopoly.

Show us your Marvin Gardens, BITCH.
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neonlightsxo
Leading Actor
joined:7/29/08
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 01:16pm
It is not intended to be a plot based show. It's a concert, with songs re-arranged with folk, pop-rock, soul flavors. It's very Hoggett. If you're not into that, then yes, you'll hate it.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 01:22pm
That's the second time today AE has accused someone else of being condescending.

If I thought he was a real person and not a manufactured character I would be agog at his utter lack of self awareness.
....but the world goes 'round
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 01:41pm
I wonder if the younger audience members are liking it more. I suspect the show is geared to appeal to those who were not really familiar with Bacharach from the first-time around. (I'm not in that group.) I'm seeing it on Sunday, and I'll report back.
Taryn
Broadway Legend
joined:1/24/04
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 02:28pm
I can say that the audience when I saw it yesterday was definitely older, and that they seriously loved it. I myself am 26, but grew up on the oldies station, so while I didn't know Bacharach was necessarily the composer of all these songs, I definitely knew and loved the songs already.
ClydeBarrow
Broadway Legend
joined:6/20/12
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Posted: 11/27/13 at 07:00pm
I love that After Eight reads that this is a show of contemporized Bacharach songs for a new generation and thinks he would do anything but choke back vomit the entire time. Classic.
"Pardon my prior Mcfee slip. I know how to spell her name. I just don't know how to type it." -Talulah
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
What's It All About
Posted: 11/27/13 at 07:08pm
Sorry you did not like it After Eight, I went in knowing some of Bacharach's music, mostly from either shows I saw. I was surprised that I knew more of his music than I thought, songs my mom listened to it when I was younger. I really enjoyed it and for the most part liked how the songs were arranged. To me it seemed like some of the songs were done in a Glee style, some with a touch of boy band, others left in the old fashioned style of corny music. I thought it was staged fairly well, concert style and not trying to be any more than what it was. I really liked how they incorporated the instruments in to the set.
Up In One
Stand-by
joined:5/27/04
What's It All About
Posted: 11/29/13 at 08:01pm
Saw this Wednesday night with what felt like a comatose subscription house and came away with mixed feelings. I was looking forward to a different take on the Bacharach catalogue and those hopes were reinforced right at the start of the show when the star and conceiver of the piece prefaced things by saying he wanted to make Burt's music relevant for "his generation" which I assume is the twenty-something crowd. Less than ninety minutes later I couldn't say the reimagining was all that imaginative. Yes there were a few dirge like takes on the songs we all know and love ( only the hits are covered here, another disappointment)which I guess represented today's top 40 music style but the reimagining was made up mostly of vamps, riffs and hooks as well as common place beats which made songs that had a distinctive sound in their own time sound and feel the same.

Loved that the cast was also the band and when they weren't pushing their instruments around the stage for no reason they did get to make some nice musical moments but the John Doyle approach to staging minimized the arrangements for staging expedience sake. Vocally the band is also not much to write home about, several are given pretty straight up versions of Bacharach's tunes and between the quality of their voices and the monotony of the arrangements you loose interest fast. Because the reimagining wasn't that far removed from the original takes on the songs the ghosts of the original versions loomed large. If they had veered away from the originals more the cast would have had a better chance to leave their own marks.

Lastly the staging and choreography are so busy and stylized that what ever concentration you have left will be drawn to the nonsense these kids must do which adds nothing to the proceedings. I sat next to a beautiful women in her 70's on one of the couches on either side of the stage, she was singing along with every number. While darling it was a sure sign for me that the songs weren't so much reimagined but rethought. I expected some risk taking. I am surprised NYTW backed this one. But, believe it or not I enjoyed myself, what's not to like, sitting on a stage with a bunch of young kids performing at the price of a TDF ticket? I just wished they had a more clever dramaturg and musical director/designer to take that Bacharach music to a more special place.







Updated On: 11/29/13 at 08:01 PM
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
What's It All About
Posted: 12/5/13 at 06:22pm
It's opening night, so I thought we could post reviews as they come in.

AM NY: mixed

Just as recent episodes of the television series "Glee" have revolved around the songbooks of the Beatles, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga, "What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined" -- Kyle Riabko's hipster chic revue of Burt Bacharach hits at New York Theatre Workshop -- looks and sounds like a "Glee"-style tribute to Bacharach.


http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/theater-review-what-s-it-all-about-bacharach-remimagined-2-stars-1.6548911

chanel
Featured Actor
joined:1/28/04
What's It All About
Posted: 12/9/13 at 10:56am
Review saying too many of the arrangements were dirge-like and some crucial non-hits were left out in favor of hits.

Scroll down.

http://www.out.com/entertainment/michael-musto/2013/12/09/tom-daley-maria-bello-are-bi-get-used-it
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
What's It All About
Posted: 12/9/13 at 11:23am
I do agree that too many of the arrangements were dirge-like. It left me wondering if Kyle is going through a really bad breakup.
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
What's It All About
Posted: 12/9/13 at 11:34am
^

Not only the arrangements.

The setting and lighting were all gloom and doom as well.

What a morose morass.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
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Posted: 12/9/13 at 11:53am
I fear that this one was not my cup of tea, either; "reimagined" was, I felt, extremely hyperbolic. These rather simplistic/sophomoric arrangements struck me as just faux-emo morose maundering that did nothing to shed interesting new light on Bacharach and David's work. Dionne and Dusty's recordings serve the music and lyrics far better than this. An interminable evening.
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10
What's It All About
Posted: 12/9/13 at 12:10pm

"What a morose morass."

A crowning critical criterion! A perfectly prime pan! After Eight's arch acuity affects absolute artistic accomplishment! Melbavar mishima moogoomoogai!

And this sort of gobbledygook that he repeatedly passes off as cleverness, ladies and germs, explains why his favorite plays are MARY, MARY and FORTY CARATS.

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AndrewAndrew
Stand-by
joined:11/20/12
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Posted: 1/9/14 at 03:04pm
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