Kyle Riabko is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor who grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Kyle spent his teen years performing as an opening act for a wide range of artists, including BB King, James Brown, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer, among others. He released a full length album of original music on Columbia/Aware Records at the age of 17.
Next, Kyle went on to star on Broadway and in the first national tour of the acclaimed rock musical “Spring Awakening” and subsequently starred on Broadway in the hit revival of “Hair”. He has also appeared as an actor in various film and tv projects.
Most recently, Kyle created and starred in “What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined” at New York Theatre Workshop, the acclaimed Off Broadway theatre where such Broadway bound hits as “Once”, “Rent”, and “Peter and the Starcatcher” all originated. Kyle did the musical arrangements for the show which received the very enthusiastic support of Burt Bacharach; “What’s It All About?” was directed by Steven Hoggett, the acclaimed choreographer of “Once” and “American Idiot”, among other award-winning shows.
For his performance in “What’s It All About?”, Kyle received a prestigious Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, and the show also received three other Lortel nominations, including one for Outstanding Musical. The show was also named “One of the Year’s Best” by The New York Times.
Kyle subsequently brought his acclaimed interpretation of the Bacharach catalogue to London, first to The Menier Chocolate Factory, and then to The Criterion Theatre in the West End where it broke box office records as “Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined”.
Burt Bacharach attended the opening night of the show in NYC and both openings in London and said, “Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. He’s a beautiful singer and one hell of a guitar player.”
In the summer of 2016, Ghostlight Records released The Original London Cast Recording of “Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined” which was produced by Riabko, and also featured some of his original demos which formed the basis of the show.