What's It All About? could not be a more fitting question and title for the new Burt Bacharach show at the New York Theater Workshop.
Not quite a musical. Not really a concert. The production features wonderful arrangements of Bacharach songs by Kyle Riabko, a very talented and magnetic young actor/musician who also stars in the show. And the songs are brilliantly staged by director Steven Hoggett. It's all rather enjoyable but also very disappointing.
There is no plot. No dialogue or story. No takeaway (sorta).
It was rather obvious to us that the one recurring theme of Bacharach's timeless and iconic music is love. There could have been a very powerful story to tell here. Or several!
The show, as it is, also just doesn't make sense in a theater setting. It would work much better at a cabaret space or a concert venue. Let people booze it up, stand and jam out with the awesome musicians.
However, there is a real opportunity here to add a story - or stories - and turn this show into something truly special.
The potential is clearly there!
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