The Story of a Legend

Back to Back by Bacharach is a new biographic musical, devised and created by Graeme Davies and Jamie Moore, which celebrates the life and work of one of the world's most famous songwriters – Burt Bacharach. This two-act musical tells the story of Bacharach’s remarkable life and career, and features many songs from his enormous catalogue of hits… and some that weren’t. The show received its world première at the Sarah Thorne Memorial Theatre in Broadstairs, Kent on the 7th of September 2012 where it performed to the largest audience in the theatre's history, a record which still stands to this day.

The authors are actively seeking production for the stage and welcome any enquiries. Script available upon email request. See Contact.

The People

Graeme Davies

Graeme Davies is a composer/lyricist, arranger, pianist and singer. He has written a number of musicals including Two's A Crowd which had a National tour, That's Charming for the Lyric Hammersmith, The Titanic Follies of 1912 and song and incidental music for Richard Harris' comedy, Two and Two Make Sex starring the late Henry McGee. He wrote the title song and music for Wayne Sleep's Ready, Steady, Dance and a musical, The Marital Woes of Henry VIII, for The American Bar Association, one of their rare excursions into musical theatre. He also created special material for Tony Award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh's one woman show Tovah at The Duke of York's Theatre, London.

Graeme has written a number of other songbook shows including The Sinatra Songbook at the Festival Hall and was a contributor to Paul Knight's Christmas Shows at the Oxford Playhouse. He worked with the BBC Big Band, contributing songs for Bob Holness Requests on Radio 2 and also for the late Ned Sherrin's programme Loose Ends on Radio 4. He composed the title songs for Robert Habermann and Geoff Eales' album, It's Gonna Be Easy and another Robert Habermann album, Second Sitting. His songs have been sung by a number of well-known recording artists, including Maria Freidman, Frankie Vaughan and Steve Ross.

Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore is an extremely versatile musician and composer with a passion for music theatre. Jamie studied Music Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning to his native Canada to pursue his Masters of Music (Composition) at the University of Alberta, Canada. On moving to the UK, he continued his post–graduate studies in Music Composition at the University of Nottingham with Nigel Osborne, Judith Weir and Jim Fulkerson. Major compositions include: Concerto for Guitar and Chamber OrchestraWonder Woman (a one act song cycle premiered at the Purcell Room, London); The Song of Hiawatha (an oratorio); Sonatina (violin and piano); the award winning Suite Canada (large scale work for big band); Essay for Percussion (for five percussionists) and many pieces for guitar, voice, chamber and jazz ensembles. 

Although Jamie's degrees are in music composition, his chosen instrument is the guitar. He has performed as a guitarist, vocalist and as an actor/musician in a wide variety of settings including television, radio, West End theatre, touring stage productions, summer seasons, recording studios and concert halls. Theatre productions include: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in ParisJesus Christ SuperstarThe Secret Diary of Adrian MoleBest Little Whore House in TexasThe Threepenny Opera and Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Brigitte Baden-Rennie

Brigitte's performance background is an eclectic mix of mainstream and alternative theatre. This has informed her writing and approach to performance in her real love which is, "Cabaret". Her infatuation with this genre of entertainment began in the 80s with Judy, a tribute to the legendary Judy Garland. Since then she has written and performed Speak of the Devil, Ink: Letters & Lyrics and Partners in Crime which received 5 stars and a Best Cabaret nomination at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Musical Theatre and Reviews include Cabaret, Company, Adders and Top Gum. Theatre credits include A Doll's House, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ariadne, Sunny's Inferno and numerous touring productions with Junction Theatre, Mainstreet and Patch Theatre Companies in Australia.

In film and television, Brigitte appeared in The River Kings, The Museum of Here and Now, The Alien Years and Here's Humphrey.

Brigitte has also worked in wardrobe, stage managed youth theatre, conducted drama workshops and is very proud to have won a mock "Gaffer" award for extensive touring and the general sticking down of things electrical.

Brigitte is also Artistic Director and the brains behind The Mosaic Cat, the first mixed arts cabaret festival in England. Meow.

Gallery

Video

In Act One, Marlene describes her brief affair with JFK, during which she sings Alfie. The song becomes a metaphor, representing the subsequently assassinated 35th President. This video reproduces the visual projection used in the original production.

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