Bringing Back Bacharach
A hilarious, heart-breakingly fun, wide-lapelled polyester pantsuit sing-along celebrating the music of the king of 1960s easy-listening pop, Burt Bacharach.
Will ‘Girl’ ever get to San José? Will ‘Other Girl’ ever go back to Tulsa? Will ‘Boy’ ever fall in love again? Follow our lovelorn characters as they negotiate the rollercoaster ride of emotions unleashed by no less than 31 of Bacharach’s classic golden hits, cleverly strung together to create a perfect retro soapie that will have you laughing, dancing and singing along at the top of your voice.
Form and Style
Essentially, Bringing Back Bacharach is presented as a fun, non-stop music concert of famous easy-listening 60s music. There are eight musicians on stage. Along the front of the stage are three main vocalists plus a trumpet player, who are our ‘characters’. The rest of the band (piano keyboard, electric bass, drums and guitar) stand behind and provide the accompaniment but also contribute to the plot in energy, presence and sometimes as character foils. The premise of the show is that Bacharach wrote so many hits that there will no time for talking about the songs in the show, therefore, the characters use storyboards to tell the audience about the songs. In this way the music can progress without breaks. There is approximately one board per song and many laughs are generated by the boards and by the reactions the characters and audience have to the boards. In this way, a storyline is created. All band members wear 1960s formal wear and the three singers have a costume change in between sets.
The full show is two one-hour sets. There are three other possible show formats: a Christmas version, a one-hour version, and a 90-minute version. It is idea for the room to be set in Cabaret Half Round Table style.
Community and Audience Engagement
Libby plus all band members contribute to promotion in the following ways:
Website, Facebook, Instagram
E-newsletter (900 recipients)
Snail mail (200 recipients)
Perth radio (Libby has contacts at ABC Perth, 6PR, RTR, Twin Cities FM, Radio Fremantle, Capital Radio)
Local radio (depending on tour destinations)
Video (showreels, teasers, plus footage of the full show will be available soon)
MP3s (professional recordings of the live show available soon)
Reviews and testimonials
“The best show I’ve seen so far is Bringing Back Bacharach. A fun-filled 1.5 non-stop hours of singing, comedy and the best Bacharach songs… loved it, loved it, loved it.” Facebook review, Fringe World, February 2017
“I think the highlight by far in 2016 was Bringing Back Bacharach… the non-stop show was presented on placards with humorous comments preceding each song… the audience loved it and sang along with smiles on their faces.” – Jazz Fremantle, August 2016
“The perfect melt. Terrific vocals, marvellous instrumentals, hilarious antics and a delightful sense of fun between the band members as well as the extremely appreciative audience… an exceptional evening. Not to be missed!” – Australian Stage, 2015
Ali Bodycoat – vocals
Libby Hammer – vocals
Rob Pring – vocals
Ricki Malet – flugelhorn
Chris Foster – piano
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Nick Abbey – electric bass
Michael Perkins – drums
Availability2-18 April, 21 June-23 July (but please call us to discuss your needs)
ArtformsCabaret, Live Music
AudienceBringing Back Bacharach is perfect for people aged 30 and upwards, especially those with middle to high socioeconomic status. It is appealing to all genders.
DurationUnless otherwise requested, we will perform the full show, which is 2 x one-hour sets separated by a half hour break. Other formats available are: 70 minutes (no interval) and 90 minutes (no interval). If a Christmas version of the show is required, it adds approximately 15 minutes to the show.
Bump In3 hours
Bump Out1.5 hours
CostsWeekly Fee: $15,000
Cost per performance: $3,000
*Above fees do not include travel costs
Company ContactsLibby Hammer
0412 577 229
Venue FormatBringing Back Bacharach works in the following theatre formats: Proscenium and black box. We can also perform in spaces with no stage, such as outside. All we need is a flat surface and a couple of power points (3-phase power is ideal). The show can perform on a thrust stage, but the group will set up to be flush with the arch, as most of the action happens at the front of the stage and audience members at the side might miss out. Bringing Back Bacharach does not suit theatre-in-the-round. In very large venues, it is best to display the storyboards on a screen behind the performers. This requires a screen to be provided by the venue and someone to operate the slides (this person can easily read along with our script and operate the slides accordingly). Alternately, we can bring our AV team, which is an extra cost.
Touring Party8 cast, 1 crew = 9 total
Show Warnings: Mild sexual innuendo
First possible performance: 1 hour after bump-in and soundcheck is completed.
Minimum break between shows: 1 hour
Minimum Stage Width: 5 metres
Minimum Stage Depth: 3 metres
Minimum Stage Height: 2.5 metres
Lighting provided by company: We can provide general stage lighting. Only a basic wash is required.
Lighting to be provided by venue: If the venue can supply lighting, all is required is a basic wash. Lights must be bright enough for audience members to see all of the stage at all times.
Audio provided by company: We provide all our own instruments and instrument amplifiers. We can also provide all our PA and lighting requirements along with our sound operator (included in our quote).
Audio to be provided by venue: If the venue is going to provide sound, we can provide technical specifications.
Dressing rooms required: 1