Dusty enters its second week with the cast in fine voice and feeling the vibes.
Abbey Musical Theatre’s Dusty launched its season last week and continues from tomorrow, ending its run on December 10 at The Auditorium, Centennial Drive.
Dusty, the musical, tells the Dusty Springfield story, her life, loves, triumphs, setbacks and the impact she had on the music scene for nearly four decades.
Dusty was a vibrant pop and soul singer who ruled the world’s charts and created an indelible place for female singers on the stage and recording studios. She was a white English girl who could sing and interpret soul music and her back story gave her the inspiration to immerse herself into every number.
Director Ian Harman believes Dusty changed the face of music for white soul singers and paved the way for vocalists such as Adele and Amy Whitehouse. ‘‘It’s an incredible story about an incredible singer,’’ he says.
Production manager Merryn Osborne says people will appreciate the show from all levels. There’ll be those who loved her voice and song selection, there’ll be many who want to know about the real Dusty, both on and off the stage, and there’ll be others who want a nostalgic trip back to when Son of a Preacher Man and I
Only Want To Be With You ruled the hit parades.
‘‘They’ll all be satisfied with the production,’’ Merryn says.
‘‘There are 25 songs sung fully or in snippets or in a montage, the story addresses her highs and lows including her self-doubt, drug and alcohol addiction and her own sexuality and it recreates an era where Dusty laid the foundation for white soul singers to follow.’’ Ian emphasises that the theme of
Dusty is friendship and love which resonates through the production. ‘‘It’s a celebration of her life and her music,’’ he says.
Ian and Merryn have praise for the entire cast and, in particular, for Amy Hunt who plays Dusty. ‘‘Amy goes from the elation of starting a career to heartbreak and depression and back again to tender scenes and triumphs at the great venues of the world,’’ Ian says.
‘‘Her performance is as good as any I’ve seen on a Palmerston North stage.’’
AMT’s Dusty runs from November 24 to December 10. Good seats available. Bookings www.abbeymusicaltheatre.co.nz.
Candace Higgie, AmyHunt (Dusty), Erica Ward, and Read Wheeler.