The­atre brings Dusty Spring­field to life

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‘‘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.abbey­mu­si­calthe­


Dusty Spring­field is hav­ing her life brought to the stage by the Abbey Mu­si­cal The­atre.

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