Theatre brings Dusty Springfield to life
‘‘The show takes us on a journey from childhood to her becoming one of the greatest female singers of the 20th century and weaves into that journey, Dusty's music, emotions and relationships.’’ Dusty production manager Merryn Osborne
There was nothing typical about Dusty Springfield.
Her life was an eclectic mix of highs and lows, her career, lasting four decades, produced an abundance of distinctive, chart-topping songs and her private life was an emotional rollercoaster.
Dusty had to be celebrated in a show and Abbey Musical Theatre (AMT) has secured the rights to this new production that tells the compelling story, in theatre and music, about this hugely talented and complex woman.
Dusty, the musical, will be staged at The Auditorium from November 24 to December 10.
Two songs express Dusty Springfield’s personality. Wishing and Hoping celebrates her exhilaration and love for life while in, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, she reveals her doubt and uncertainly.
Production manager Merryn Osborne says the musical is a dramatic portrayal of Dusty’s life.
‘‘The show takes us on a journey from childhood to her becoming one of the greatest female singers of the 20th century and weaves into that journey, Dusty’s music, emotions and relationships,’’ Merryn says.
Merryn says Dusty, the show, is lively, entertaining, amusing and addresses both the animation and intoxication of her life but also the dark side of her personality.
Born Mary O’Brien, she transforms herself into a blonde pop idol and takes the entertainment world by storm with songs such as I Only Want To Be With You, Little By Little, Son of a Preacher Man and I Think It’s Going To Rain Today.
But the blonde image is an illusion behind which Mary O’Brien lives, the alter ego from which she never escapes and who remains with her throughout her life.
Amy Hunt, one of Manawatu’s most celebrated artists, is Dusty, supported by other talented performers such as Erica Ward, Candace Higgie and Ian Ball.
The show will be directed by Ian Harman with Andrea Maxwell as musical director.
‘‘Amy, who starred in MAMMA MIA, Hairspray, Miss Saigon and returned recently from a starring role in Sister Act in New Plymouth, has a unique voice that will capture the very essence of Dusty’s singing,’’ Merryn says.
‘‘The line-up of talent again demonstrates the depth of skill that exists within Abbey Musical Theatre and the region.’’
Dusty is AMT’s final production for 2016 and the society is proud that, in Sweeney Todd, Hair and CATS, it has brought a variety of quality shows to its Manawatu audience.
AMT’s Dusty, runs from November 24 to December 10, at The Auditorium.
Bookings at www.abbeymusicaltheatre.co.nz
Dusty Springfield is having her life brought to the stage by the Abbey Musical Theatre.