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Close to You is the brainchild of Kyle Raibko, whose prodigious musical talent is showcased in this reimagining of Burt Bacharach’s legendary back catalogue. Around 30 of Bacharach’s classic songs are mashed-up, re-arranged and revolutionised over the course of this intimate concert show.
This critically acclaimed hit had its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the Criterion Theatre in October 2015. Riabko is joined on stage by a company of talented musicians and singers who take us through the agony and ecstasy of the world’s best known pop songs including ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, ‘The Look of Love’, ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ and ‘What’s New Pussycat’. Based in a sofa-filled loft with a music lounge atmosphere, the songs don’t follow a narrative but rather follow on from each other as if the group are just getting together for the fun of making great music.
The songs and characters are tied together with the agile choreography of Steven Hoggett’s direction. A founding member of the legendary physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, his most successful work includes The Light Princess (National Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (West End) and Once (West End, Broadway).
Kyle Raibko’s score brings freshness to Bacharach’s work and offers it to a new generation of musical theatre-goers. He began his career touring with Delta Goodrem, John Mayer and Jason Mraz before landing leading roles in Spring Awakening and Hair.

Performance dates: 14 Feb 2016 - 14 Feb 2016

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Special notice: Fans of music from this era, including Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield, will love Raibko’s wistful treatments of Bacharach’s music. Not to forget younger theatre-goers, the music is timeless and Hoggett’s movement adds a bit of showmanship to the concert set-up.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: All levels of the theatre feel close to the stage in an intimate theatre like the Criterion. Beware of obstructions with pillars in both the Stalls and the Dress Circle. Stalls are not raked, so avoid sitting here if you might have problems seeing over other audience members’ heads!

Latest audience reviews

The show isn't a traditional music in the sense that it doesn't follow a storyline or narrative, however,... More

Chen 14 Jun 2017

The show isn't a traditional music in the sense that it doesn't follow a storyline or narrative, however, it was incredibly enjoyable. The cast seemed to be having a blast, which was very infectious for the audience as well. The musical arrangements were amazing, and I was shocked at how many songs I knew from his catalogue! The staging itself was original and fascinating to look at. All in all, a really nice production.

Chen 14 Jun 2017

I really enjoyed this show. I went into this wanting to be surprised and I was. Not only by the amazing... More

fifilou Top 100 reviewer19 Mar 2017

I really enjoyed this show. I went into this wanting to be surprised and I was. Not only by the amazing talent but by the number of songs I recognised. This was a true jukebox musical but one at its absolute finest. The show replayed all of Bacharach's hits but with Kyle Riabko's spin and take on them. They where fresh and translated to into his own style perfectly. The music was wonderful and innovative and the relaxed staging made for a wonderful show.

fifilou Top 100 reviewer19 Mar 2017

The performance was brilliant.

harshavyas 09 Jan 2018
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samshonk Top 50 reviewer08 Jan 2017
Seatfiller Top 200 reviewer06 Jun 2017
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