The Empire Arts Center will present “Kyle Riabko: Richard Rodgers Reimagined” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13- 14, in The 1919 Lounge.
Riabko, a Broadway star, brings his contemporary arrangements of Rodgers’ beloved standards “to vivid life in this highly acclaimed solo show,” said Emily Montgomery, executive director of the Empire Arts Center.
The event promises to offer “an intimate evening of stories from Kyle’s career and classic Richard Rodgers hits with a twist,” she said.
Riabko, who accompanies himself on guitar, is a singer, composer and actor and has starred on Broadway in “Spring Awakening” and “Hair.”
In his teens, he performed as an opening act for artists including BB King, James Brown and John Mayer.
After appearing in various film and television roles, Riabko created and starred in “What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined” at the New York Theatre Workshop, an off-Broadway theater. The production was named “One of the Year’s 10 Best” by The New York Times, received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revue, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and four Lucille Lortel Award nominations, including ones for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Riabko.
The show subsequently moved to London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, receiving rave reviews before moving to the West End’s historic Criterion Theatre where it was highly acclaimed and broke box office records as “Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined,” Montgomery said.
Riabko also has released a full-length album of his original music on Columbia/Aware Records.
For his performances at the Empire Arts Center, the historic stage has been transformed into The 1919 Lounge, which accommodates about 60 audience members in an intimate, elegant atmosphere, Montgomery said.
Light appetizers and beverages by Helix Wine and Bites will be available for purchase.
Tickets are available by reservation only. To make reservations, visit the Empire website, www.empireartscenter.org, or call 701-746-5500.