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Intro The Story of a Legend

Back To Back By Bacharach is a new biographic musical, devised and created by Graeme Davies and Jamie Moore, which celebrates the life and work of one of the world's most famous songwriters – Burt Bacharach. The show received its world première at the Sarah Thorne Memorial Theatre in Broadstairs, Kent on the 7th of September 2012.

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The Show From Early Days to Dietrich

The show opens with Where Did It Go? Bacharach's lament for the loss of his own childhood innocence. This song is from his Grammy Award winning 2005 album, At This Time, which revealed Bacharach, at the age of 77, to have become a political songwriter reflecting his disillusion with US foreign policy, something of a surprise for a man categorised throughout his career as 'Easy Listening'.

Bacharach's first major hit was, The Story Of My Life (in America by Marty Robbins and in the UK by Michael Holliday) and the show tells, through his songs, the story of Bacharach's life and the significant people in it. From his initial dreams of songwriting success, renting an office in Broadway's famous Brill Building in 1956, where he met Hal David his longtime lyricist, the show follows the development of this pop genius, from the unsuccessful early songs, through to the breakthrough hit records.

The show features many of the famous Bacharach & David hits, along with some less familiar songs but places them all in the context of the events in Bacharach's life and times.

From 1958 to 1962, Bacharach was the musical director and close personal friend of Marlene Dietrich. Bacharach created, orchestrated and conducted the cabaret show for Dietrich that subsequently won her a special Tony Award. The transition from 'Screen Goddess' to one of the highest paid cabaret artists in the world was mainly credited, by Dietrich, to Bacharach's direction and influence. Her high–profile career, from the mid 50s until the mid 70s, was to a great degree the result of their close working partnership. The show features Brigitte Baden-Rennie as Marlene Dietrich.

Act One closes with Bacharach's departure as Dietrich's musical mentor. At this point he left one movie star and married another, Angie Dickinson.

With the recent publication of Bacharach's memoirs, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Back To Back by Bacharach is a timely musical biography of one of the 20th century's most popular and successful composers. Bacharach had been the onetime student of well known 'classical' composers, Darius Milhaud, Bohuslav Martinu and fellow American Henry Cowell. Cowell was also a teacher to George Gershwin and Bacharach, it might be argued, is the last in that tradition of creators of the 'Great American Songbook.'

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The People Who's Who

Graeme Davies

Graeme Davies

Graeme Davies is a composer/lyricist, arranger, pianist and singer.

He has written a number of musicals including Two's A Crowd which had a National tour, That's Charming for the Lyric Hammersmith, The Titanic Follies of 1912 and song and incidental music for Richard Harris' comedy, Two and Two Make Sex staring the late Henry McGee. He wrote the title song and music for Wayne Sleep's Ready, Steady, Dance and a musical, The Marital Woes of Henry VIII, for The American Bar Association, one of their rare excursions into musical theatre. He also created special material for Tony Award-winning actress Tovah Feldsuh's one woman show Tovah at The Duke of York's Theatre, London.

Graeme has written a number of other songbook shows including The Sinatra Songbook at the Festival Hall and was a contributor to Paul Knight's Christmas Shows at the Oxford Playhouse. He worked with the BBC Big Band, contributing songs for Bob Holness Requests on Radio 2 and also for the late Ned Sherrin's programme Loose Ends on Radio 4. He composed the title songs for Robert Habermann and Geoff Eales' album, It's Gonna Be Easy and another Robert Habermann album, Second Sitting. His songs have been sung by a number of well known recording artists, including Maria Freidman, Frankie Vaughan and Steve Ross.

Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore is an extremely versatile musician and composer with a passion for music theatre.

Jamie studied Music Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning to his native Canada to pursue his Masters of Music (Composition) at the University of Alberta, Canada. On moving to the UK, he continued his post–graduate studies in Music Composition at the University of Nottingham with Nigel Osborne, Judith Weir and Jim Fulkerson. Major compositions include: Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra; Wonder Woman (a one act song cycle premiered at the Purcell Room, London); The Song of Hiawatha (an oratorio); Sonatina (violin and piano); the award winning Suite Canada (large scale work for big band); Essay for Percussion (for five percussionists) and many pieces for guitar, voice, chamber and jazz ensembles.

Although Jamie's degrees are in music composition, his chosen instrument is the guitar. He has performed as a guitarist, vocalist and as an actor/musician in a wide variety of settings including television, radio, West End theatre, touring stage productions, summer seasons, recording studios and concert halls. Theatre productions include: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; Jesus Christ Superstar; The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole; Best Little Whore House in Texas; The Threepenny Opera and Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Brigitte Baden-Rennie

Brigitte Baden-Rennie

Brigitte's performance background is an eclectic mix of mainstream and alternative theatre. This has informed her writing and approach to performance in her real love which is, "Cabaret". Her infatuation with this genre of entertainment began in the 80s with Judy, a tribute to the legendary Judy Garland. Since then she has written and performed Speak of the Devil, Ink: Letters & Lyrics and Partners in Crime which received 5 stars and a Best Cabaret nomination at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Musical Theatre and Reviews include Cabaret, Company, Adders and Top Gum. Theatre credits include A Dolls House, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ariadne, Sunny's Inferno and numerous touring productions with Junction Theatre, Mainstreet and Patch Theatre Companies in Australia.

In film and television, Brigitte appeared in The River Kings, The Museum of Here and Now, The Alien Years and Here's Humphrey.

Brigitte has also worked in wardrobe, stage managed youth theatre, conducted drama workshops and is very proud to have won a mock "Gaffer" award for extensive touring and the general sticking down of things electrical.

Brigitte is also Artistic Director and the brains behind The Mosaic Cat, the first mixed arts cabaret festival in England. Meow.

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Gallery Images from the première

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Videos Clips from the show

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Contact

For all enquiries regarding the show, please contact the production office:

Mosaic Cat Productions
1A West Cliff Mews
Broadstairs,
Kent
CT10 1PZ
UK

+ 44 (0) 1843 446113

info@b2bbb.com

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