About the showThis world premiere of new musical Dusty celebrates the life of Dusty Springfield, one of Britain’s most iconic performers. Described as a ‘fusion musical’ this high tech show employs cutting edge 3D technology to allow audiences to see Dusty herself live on stage and intersperses these clips with live action music and dance performance.
This new musical is written by Kim Weild and Duncan Sibbald with dramaturg Jack Bradley. The musical tells the story of how Dusty Springfield (real name Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien) rose from a middle class suburban Londoner to be one of the world’s best known soul singers of the 1960’s. The story charts the highs and lows of her rise to fame and the release of her seminal album ‘Dusty in Memphis’. The story is told through the eyes of childhood friend Nancy Jones and other key figures in Springfield’s life.
The musical is interspersed with all of Dusty Springfield’s hits including “I Only Want to Be with You”, "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself", "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me", and "Son of a Preacher Man". Dusty Springfield continues to be popular to this day with her music regularly being played on Radio, on TV and in films.
The shows cast includes Ellie Ann-Lowe (Mary O’Brien), Francesca Jackson (Nancy), Stewart McCheyne (DJ Dave Dean), Ben Tolley (Johnny Franz), Leo Elso (Dion O’Brien/Tom Springfield), Joe Vetch (Douggie Reece), Joan Walker (Kay O’Brien), Graham Kent (Gerard ‘OB’ O’Brien), Tristan Pate (Vic Billings), Allyson Ava Brown (Martha Reeves), Danielle Kassarata (Maddie), Arabella Rodrigo (Norma).
The show is directed by Chris Cowey with choreography by Lyndon Lloyd and featuring a set design by Phil Lindley.
Dusty opened at The Charing Cross theatre on the 25th of May 2015 and will play until the 22nd of August.