Over the past few years, Broadway has seen numerous musicals that feature the music of pop and rock stars. The Mark Morris Dance Group will be presenting a performance based on the music of award winning Hall of Fame composer Burt Bacharach title “The Look of Love”.
The evening length performance will feature choreography by Mark Morris with musical arrangements by Jazz musician Ethan Iverson.
While a number of performances are scheduled, “The Look of Love” will give the world premiere on October 20, 2022 at BroadStage in Santa Monica, California. Shows will run through October 23.
Morris spoke on the upcoming program saying, “always engaging melodically, always surprising rhythmically, with a touch of melancholy and a striving hope, Bacharach’s marvelous music calls out for dancing. There is a rich range of emotion, point of view, and dynamics in Bacharach’s (and lyricist Hal David’s) amazing compositions, both the very familiar and the relatively obscure. ‘The Look of Love’ will be an action-packed, varied, song and dance show, with something for everyone…a moving return to live theater.”
Bacharach spoke on his music being used in a production saying, “for many years, I’ve wanted to see my music reimagined in some kind of theatrical production – not just a jukebox musical formula of songs, but an original work with its own story and appeal. I’ve found an ideal collaborator in Mark Morris, whose brilliant choreography and deep musicality give songs new meaning and dimension through movement. Like a great melody, his dances evoke an atmosphere and inspire feelings, and I think that’s just what the world needs now. I’m excited to see how Morris and his creative team bring my songs to the stage in The Look of Love.”
Additional performances are:
Oct 26-29 at The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C.
Nov 8 at The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center in Auburn University, Alabama
Jan 27 at the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Virginia in Richmond, VA
Feb 17-19 at the Cal Performances at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA
April 14 & 15 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL
May 6 at the UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures in Santa Barbara, CA
July 8 & 9 at The Grange Festival in Hampshire, UK
The song list for “The Look of Love”:
“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”
“What the World Needs Now is Love”
“Don’t Make Me Over”
“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”
“The Look of Love”
“Message to Michael”
“Anyone Who Had a Heart”
“Walk on By”
“Are You There (with Another Girl)”
“I Say a Little Prayer”
“Do You Know the Way to San Jose”
“There’s Always Something There to Remind Me”
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