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“BACHARACH, RICHARD RODGERS & MORE”
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
“Heartthrob handsome Kyle Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision. Sheer musical talent.” – The New York Times
KYLE RIABKO will return to Joe’s Pub at The Public on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 PM in a solo concert bringing his groundbreaking interpretations of both Burt Bacharach and Richard Rodgers, together for the first time with selections from the Broadway shows he starred in – Spring Awakening and Hair – in addition to his original music.
Accompanying himself on guitar, Riabko will perform his celebrated versions of many of the Burt Bacharach classics that were included in his hit West End show Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined and its earlier acclaimed Off Broadway version, What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, and that were featured on Close to You: The Original London Cast Album available on Ghostlight Records. Riabko was inspired to take on the Richard Rodgers songbook after seeing a “fan letter” that Rodgers had written to Bacharach, and he will bring his unique pop/rock sensibility to many of the classics Rodgers wrote with both Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Riabko’s album Richard Rodgers Reimagined was released by Ghostlight Records in 2017.
The Huffington Post wrote that Riabko brought such freshness to the music of Richard Rodgers that classics written 75 years ago sounded as if they “could have been written last Tuesday,” while BroadwayWorld said that he gave the songs “fresh and vibrant life” and Playbill wrote, “You’ll never hear Richard Rodgers’ songs the same after Kyle Riabko’s latest album.”
The Bacharach Reimagined stage production was named “One of the Year’s 10 Best” by The New York Times and received nominations for Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Lucille Lortel Awards for which Riabko was nominated as Best Actor in a Musical. London’s Daily Telegraph said, “Kyle Riabko is Outrageously Talented,” with The New York Times writing, “Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision,” and New York Magazine called Riabko “a wonderfully appealing star.”
Burt Bacharach himself said of Riabko, “Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. He’s a beautiful singer and one hell of a guitar player.”
Riabko began his career in his teen years performing as an opening act for such artists as BB King, James Brown, John Mayer, Keb Mo, Jason Mraz, and Maroon 5, among others, and recording an album of original music for Sony/Aware Records. He later appeared on Broadway in lead roles in both Spring Awakening and Hair.
KYLE RIABKO will perform “Bacharach & Richard Rodgers Reimagined” at JOE’S PUB on Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $25 each. The venue is located in The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC. For tickets call (212) 967-7555 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM or visit joespub.com, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street from 2:00 PM daily. There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.
JOE’S PUB, named for The Public Theater’s founder Joe Papp, opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Under the new leadership of Director Alex Knowlton, this fall begins Joe’s Pub’s 20th Anniversary Season of presenting the best in live music and performance nightly, committed to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The venue also offers opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians resources and tools to develop original theater works; Joe’s Pub Working Group, an artist development initiative; The Vanguard Award & Residency, a yearlong series that celebrates the career of a prolific and influential artist, who leads their own artistic community; and nationwide programming partnerships. Commissioned artists include Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Daniel Alexander Jones, Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Allen Toussaint and more. The venue’s food and beverage partner is NoHo Hospitality Group, helmed by acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe’s Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 200 records over the past 19 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s brightest stars. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch, Ghostlight has won Grammy Awards for The Book of Mormon, In the Heights and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Recent notable cast recordings include the 2018 Tony winner for Best Musical, The Band’s Visit, and the blockbuster viral sensation Be More Chill. Ghostlight has also released solo albums from Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster, Billy Porter, and more. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theatre composers and has developed extensive relationships with Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, and David Yazbek, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pasek & Paul, Tom Kitt, Joe Iconis, and Shaina Taub. Ghostlight Records is part of the Arts Music division at Warner Music Group.