Love songs:

“Spring Awak­en­ing” writer re­al­izes dream of work­ing with icon Burt Bacharach

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - UNWIND - By Joseph Dal­ton

Adiron­dack The­atre Fes­ti­val opens sum­mer sea­son with “Some Lovers.”

The Adiron­dack The­atre Fes­ti­val opens its sum­mer sea­son on Fri­day night with the first Burt Bacharach work for the stage since 1972’s “Prom­ises, Prom­ises,” co-writ­ten with Hal David and fea­tur­ing the hit “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again.” Among their other chart-top­pers from the era are “This Guy’s In Love With You,” “One Less Bell To An­swer,” and “Rain­drops Keep Fall­ing on My Head.”

The new show is “Some Lovers,” a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bacharach and writer Steven Sater, best known for the lyrics and book to “Spring Awak­en­ing,” the 2006 Broad­way smash and win­ner of mul­ti­ple Tony Awards. Though “Some Lovers” de­buted in 2011, Sater says the pro­duc­tion in Glens Falls fea­tures a sig­nif­i­cantly re­vised book and sev­eral ad­di­tional songs. There are16 new Bacharach songs in the score.

“You will def­i­nitely rec­og­nize the voice of Burt Bacharach from the first chords,” says Sater. “They sound like Burt Bacharach songs that you think you ought to know.”

“Some Lovers” fea­tures a cast of four singers, who to­gether por­tray a cou­ple in their youth and mid­dle age. Sater says that the story was in­spired by the O. Henry short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” about a young cou­ple of mod­est means. She sells her hair and he sells his watch in or­der to buy each other gifts at Christ­mas.

“They gave up ev­ery­thing for each other. It’s the sac­ri­fice of love,” says Sater. “What if they wake up 20 years later?”

Sater and Bacharach didn’t set out to write a mu­si­cal to­gether, but they kept com­ing up with new songs un­til they re­al­ized they might just have a show.

In the wake of his suc­cess with “Spring Awak­en­ing,” which fea­tured mu­sic by Dun­can Sheik, Sater was shop­ping around for

Pro­vided pho­tos

Com­poser Burt Bacharach teamed with Steven Sater on “Some Lovers.”

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