Reviews

 

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"A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A HEART"
Georgina Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY

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THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN, THE INDEPENDENT, DAILY MAIL, FINANCIAL TIMES

“An utterly DELIGHTFUL show. Over 30 BACHARACH CLASSICS given AN EXHILARATINGLY FRESH NEW SPIN”
Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT

“HIGHLY IMAGINATIVE. Kyle Riabko is OUTRAGEOUSLY TALENTED!”
Claire Allfree, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“It is FEROCIOUSLY CLEVER and will get a new generation hooked on Bacharach’s melodies.”
Quintin Letts, DAILY MAIL

“Bacharach’s lovelorn numbers steal over you like a tequila sunset. The fresh-faced cast sink into the MAGIC MOMENTS of a previous generation.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Plenty of MAGIC MOMENTS HERE. In an age of jerry-built jukebox musicals, this show is A LITTLE GEM.”
DAILY EXPRESS

“TERRIFIC. One of the year’s BEST!”
Charles Isherwood, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A STUNNING NEW MUSICAL. It’s a REVELATION, and it’s FANTASTIC.”
NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Director Steven Hoggett raises the bar. Riabko is the WONDERFULLY APPEALING star. It’s completely SWOON-WORTHY and SUPER-GROOVY.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A GLORIOUS salute to a GENIUS of popular music.”
Paul Phear, SMOOTH RADIO

“ELECTRIFYING. SUPERB. The HIPPEST and HOTTEST musical night in town.”
Mark Shenton, THE STAGE

“Kyle Riabko, an outrageously talented Canadian-American performer, has taken 30 classic songs by Bacharach and his lyricist Hal David and, through some highly imaginative, tender new arrangements, stripped them down to reveal the narrative of bruising melancholy at their core…Riabko picks out repeating musical echoes across Bacharach’s oeuvre . . . [Bacharach’s songs] blur into each other like some mysterious musical mirage or delirious Bacharach dreamscape.”
Claire Allfree, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“A clever, passionate reappraisal of Burt Bacharach…Far from being another jukebox musical, this show gives a slew of Bacharach-David hits an exuberant makeover that invites fresh appreciation…This blithe and inventive show…amply justifies its subtitle of Bacharach Reimagined…Kyle Riabko, who co-conceived the show is one of its standout performers. Cleverly staged by Steven Hoggett. This is no routine jukebox musical but a genuine reappraisal of the venerable Burt."
Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN

“Kyle Riabko’s beguiling show…is a jukebox musical with a twist and a lot of charm. It’s an affectionate, reflective tribute. Riabko finds thematic links, but also musical ones, winding songs together and drawing out the melancholy and yearning buried within them. Steven Hoggett’s nimble direction matches this by keeping the cast moving in sympathy with the music. A labour of love.”
FINANCIAL TIMES

This artfully staged show brings a fresh vibe and reinvigorates the staged-songbook genre. Heart-throb handsome Kyle Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision.”
Charles Isherwood, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Some of the most famously smooth, sophisticated songs created by American musical icon Burt Bacharach have been youthfully reinterpreted into something new and tasty. The fun, youthful vibe of this show brings a new flavor to Bacharach’s timeless classics.”
WASHINGTON POST

“There’s no plot, but there’s lots of motion and emotion conveyed through Bacharach’s compelling songbook. . .Part gig, part immersive movement piece, Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined brings Burt Bacharach to the West End in all his musical glory . . . Bacharach’s great catalogue provides a carousel of memories to which this dazzling show adds a whole bunch more. . .The musicianship of the entire ensemble is absolutely superb, and their palpable love for the material is truly infectious. . . Director/choreographer Steven Hoggett achieves an absolutely electrifying, sense of organic movement, as songs are made to segue, merge and blend with each other seamlessly. . .As the three dozen Bacharach numbers that have been variously mashed-up, re-orchestrated and reimagined here unfold, we are once again swept up in a flurry of movement and music that turns this into simultaneously the hippest and hottest musical night in town.”
Mark Shenton, THE STAGE