Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined

I'm really excited to be involved in 'Close To You', a new musical featuring some inspired reworking and new arrangements of over 30 of Burt Bacharach's songs by Kyle Riabko, in the form of a theatrical concert of continuous music. Having premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop followed by a sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, it has just transferred to the West End at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. Right now I'm in the process of learning the show as the understudy for the current drummer James Williams.

 
 

I'm really excited to be involved in 'Close To You', a new musical featuring some inspired reworking and new arrangements of over 30 of Burt Bacharach's songs by Kyle Riabko, in the form of a theatrical concert of continuous music. Having premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop followed by a sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, it has just transferred to the West End at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. Right now I'm in the process of learning the show as the understudy for the current drummer James Williams.

I'm particularly looking forward to this little venture as it presents a lot of new things for me. A unique drums/percussion hybrid set up, learning the entire show by ear without any written music, and most of all being on stage and tapping into a bit of acting - the band make up the entire cast, and there's a lot of choreographed and staged parts to the show. So all in all I have a lot on my plate...! But I can't wait to get started. I've been watching the shows since the move to the Criterion and it looks and sounds fantastic. It's a very honest show - essentially a group of friends (and great musicians may I add) having fun, playing some classic songs in a fresh new way; something a little different to your usual West End theatre experience. Definitely work checking out!

Take a look at the show's website to find out more - www.closetoyoulondon.com