“Spring Awakening” writer realizes dream of working with icon Burt Bacharach
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
Composer Burt Bacharach teamed with Steven Sater on “Some Lovers.”