It has been in preview hell for months, being tweaked to perfection, but now the production team are really to launch the definitive version of Dusty, a new British musical about the rise to fame of ’60s superstar Dusty Springfield.
Dusty will finally open in the West End’s Charing Cross Theatre on September 7 and run until November.
The musical puts the singer and her amazing voice in the heart of the action.
It tells the incredible story of how Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien became Dusty Springfield, one of the biggest selling female artists and an icon of the 1960s, as seen through the eyes of Nancy Jones, one of her childhood friends.
Throughout her career, Dusty, a musical perfectionist, chases her own unique sound. She turns music studios upside down, records in toilets and corridors to get just the sound she wants – and produces some of the most unforgettable songs ever.
At the same time she embraces the outsider in society, breaks rules, introduces England to Tamla Motown, ‘The Sound Of Black America’, beats a path to America as part of the British Invasion and gets deported from South Africa for allowing blacks to attend her whites-only concerts in the Apartheid era.
Dusty’s solo career began in 1963 with the upbeat pop hit, I Only Want to Be with You, and was followed by others including Wishin’ and Hopin’, I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself, Spooky, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man.
Alison Arnopp plays Dusty/Mary O’Brien. Other casting: Francesca Jackson, Graham Kent, Leo Elso, Sienna Sebek, Harvey Robinson, Witney White, Luke Thornton, Matt Blaker, Oliver Lynes, Ellen Verenieks.
Remaining cast members are: Jemma Geanaus, Nikkola Burnhope, Amanda Digón Mata, Megan Makin, Jonathan de Mallet Morgan.
Dusty runs at the Charing Cross Theatre from September 7 until November 21.