After nearly 1,500 performances, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is nearing its end in London. Mark Ludmon looks back over its five-year run. Nearly five years – or 1,743 days – after Christopher Boone first set out to investigate The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre, the show continues to earn standing ovations at its current home of the Gielgud. Audiences are wowed by Bunny Christie’s design, Finn Ross’s video effects, Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham’s movement direction, Simon Stephens’s writing, Mark Haddon’s story and, of course, the talent and physical prowess required to play the lead role of Christopher. After nearly 1,500 performances, the show will end its run in London on June 3. In that time, it will have been seen by over 1 million people in London, with Christopher played by 18 different actors including understudies. With many … Read more
Kyle Riabko spent his teen years touring as a support act for artists like BB King, James Brown and Jason Mraz before appearing on Broadway in shows like Hair and Spring Awakening. Kyle is the musical visionary and lead performer behind Close To You – Bacharach Reimagined, a new production that features fresh, yet faithful re-interpretations of classic Bacharach songs. Douglas Mayo spoke to Kyle this week, just as the show began previews at London’s Criterion Theatre. How did Close To You come about as a project? I was lucky enough to meet Burt in a recording studio in Los Angeles. I had been asked to come by to sing on some demos for some new music he was writing. It was a very exciting thing to be asked to do. When I got there, (not to be too cheesy), it was sort of a magical moment and we sort … Read more
There are shreds and patches of key songs, which, like Wagnerian leitmotifs, bind the whole experience, make it less a concert and more a pop/rock/r&b opera. “What’s it all about, Alfie?” is a key theme, appearing constantly throughout and, in a simple way, it provides the intellectual underpinning to the experience. Riabko and Selzer ask what Bacharach’s music is all about and shows you their answer. Emotionally complex, beguilingly catchy, intensely human, and tuneful in an all pervading kind of way.