March 20-April 7. Wednesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Matinees, Wednesday and Sunday, and Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m.
The Ivoryton Playhouse opens its 2019 season with a dazzling parade of hits by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the musical comedy Burt & Me by Larry McKenna. This coming-of-age story is narrated by Joe who tells the story of his obsession with the music of Burt Bacharach alongside his high school romance with Lacey. The old story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again, develops a new life in this nostalgic paean to the music and culture of America in the seventies.
When Burt Bacharach and Hal David met in the New York City offices of Famous Music in 1957, they had no idea that their collaboration would have such an impact on the world of pop music. In their years of writing together, they produced almost 150 songs. Sometimes the words came first, sometimes the music, sometimes both at once. One Iyric ("Alfie") took three days; another ("What The World Needs Now Is Love"), three years. This nostalgic juke box musical contains many of their greatest hits including What the World Needs Now," "Walk On By," "I Say A Little Prayer" and "This Guy's in Love with You".
The cast includes Playhouse favorites Adrianne Hick* (South Pacific), Lauren Gire* (My Way: The Frank Sinatra Story) Neal Mayer*, (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Oliver) and Josh Powell* (My Way: The Frank Sinatra Story and Love Quest). Making their Playhouse debut are Andy Christopher* as our protagonist, Joe, Katie Luke and Nathan Richardson. The show is directed and choreographed by Brian Feehan, musical directed by Michael Morris, set design by Emily Nichols, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, sound design by Tate Burmeister and costumes by Lisa Bebey.
This may well be an evening of pure nostalgia but it also serves to remind us of Bacharach's genius for melody, the complexity of his arrangements and David's keen sense of human motivation. These are the songs that form the soundtrack of our youth and even their sad songs make you feel good.