‘Singing Anchors’ Return to Fort Salem Theatre for a Tribute to Burt Bacharach
The Singing Anchors – Albany news celebrities Jerry Gretzinger, Jessica Layton, and Benita Zahn – return to Fort Salem Theater for the first time in three years in ‘From San José to Broadway and Bacharach.’ The 90-minute show pays tribute to Bacharach’s hits and collaborations, chronicling the vast influence the composer and arranger had on the sound and sensibilities of the latter half of the 20th century. Bacharach and his longtime writing partner, Hal David, produced, wrote and arranged for Dionne Warwick, giving her ‘Walk on By,’ ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ and ‘Do You Know the Way to San José?’ While Warwick was topping the charts, Jackie DeShannon recorded their ‘What the World Needs Now Is Love,’ which became an anthem for a troubled world as it transitioned from the 60s to the 70s. Bacharach-David tunes peppered the era’s films as well, including ‘Alfie,’ ‘The Look of Love’ from ‘Casino Royale,’ and the Oscar-winning ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” from ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.’ In 1968, they wrote the Broadway musical ‘Promises, Promises’ with Neil Simon, giving Warwick yet another hit, ‘What Do You Get When You Fall in Love?’ The show opens Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, with matinées at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 1. Visit fortsalemtheater.com or call 518-854-9200.