What’s It All About? How about 7 nice-looking musicians and 90 minutes of non-stop Bacharach goodness?
If you’re in NYC this week, you should… A) Wear sturdy footwear. It’s still a constant barrage of snow, sleet and icy cold wet weirdness day-in, day-out. And B) Consider seeing some Off-Broadway gems downtown.
It’s the last week of the fab run of What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined at the New York Theater Workshop, in which a crew of very attractive 20-somethings perform brilliant mashups or re-vamped/stripped-down takes on Burt Bacharach classics, highlighting the emotional fragility and unstoppable musicality of killer pop perennials like “Alfie,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and more, more, more. Handsome and uber-talented Kyle Riabko leads the cast and is the musical savant behind the show (see him in action below, after the jump; and yes, he looks a lot like Avery on Nashville, which is not a bad thing). Somewhere between Glee, Company, Rent and What’s New Pussycat? lies this strummy, foxy show. Scrape up the last tix before it closes this Sunday, Feb. 16, via nytw.org.
And the always inventive Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre opens The Correspondent this Thursday, Feb. 13th (it’s now in previews), a new play from Ken Urban, about an older man trying to reach out his deceased wife. But when messages from his dearly departed come in the form of a young gay guy (played by the lovely Jordan Geiger), will he make the romantic leap? Should he? What’s that all about? More at rattlestick.org.
If your dead wife showed up looking like Jordan Geiger would you go for it? A snap from “The Correspondent.”
Heads up: Also coming from the Rattlestick folks this week, always-intriguing playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul, Longtime Companion) is Ode to Joy, about a painter and her two lovers. This one’s gonna get messy. Yay! Previews begin Wednesday, Feb. 12th. More also at rattlestick.org.
Don’t you just love live theater?
Now watch Kyle Riabko from What’s It All About? (via the NY Times) and enjoy.