The spirit of former local girl Dusty Springfield will be felt in the town once again later this year – vicariously anyway – when Son of a Preacher Man, a new musical featuring her songs, plays at the Swan Theatre in the town where she was raised, High Wycombe.
Son of a Preacher Man is a heart-warming new show featuring the soulful music of Springfield with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. The national tour starts at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre in September.
The Preacher Man was a swinging ’60s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.
Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths.
Now three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are drawn to the site of the original venue.
The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might be able to channel the spirit of The Preacher Man and give these three lovesick strangers the look of love once more.
Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including “The Look Of Love”, “I Only Want To Be With You”, “Spooky” and of course, the classic “Son Of A Preacher Man”, this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical by internationally renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.
Director and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am delighted to bring to life for the very first time this wonderful story created by Warner Brown, with soulful songs from the legendary Dusty Springfield’s iconic music catalogue.
“I hope that audiences across the country will come to love this warm-hearted and uplifting new musical as much as I do.
September 4-9, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
September 12-16, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
September 19-23, Sunderland Empire Theatre, Sunderland
September 26-30, Palace Theatre, Manchester
October 3-7, Grand Opera House, York
October 10-14, Regent Theatre, Stoke
October 17-21, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
October 24-28, New Theatre, Oxford
October 31-November 4, Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
November 7-11, Hull New Theatre, Hull
November 14-18, New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
November 21-25, Belfast Grand Opera House, Belfast
November 28-December 2, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe