The stars who popularize hit songs aren't always the ones who penned them. For more than three decades, the powerhouse duo of composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David topped pop charts with dozens of hits, and won six Grammy awards and three Oscars along the way. Many of Bacharach's 73 Top 40 hits were written specifically for Dionne Warwick, but Bacharach/David collaborations also helped define the careers of Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Tom Jones, and Simple Minds.
JCC Centerstage (1200 Edgewood Ave.) is currently presenting an original work, "That's What Friends Are For," featuring 33 Bacharach classics, including "Wishin' and Hopin'," "Walk On By," "Always Something There to Remind Me," "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "What's New Pussycat?," "The Look of Love," "One Less Bell to Answer," "Do You Know the Way to San José?," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "Alfie," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," and the show's title track.
Performances kick off this week on Saturday, February 1, at 8 p.m., and continue Sunday at 2 p.m., with additional performances on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through February 16. Tickets are $26, $18 for students, and JCC members save $2. Call 461-2000 x.235 to reserve your seat and visit jcccenterstage.org for more information.