Dusty, the brand new production charting the life of Dusty Springfield, is currently touring the UK to positive reactions from audiences and critics alike, igniting hopes that a West End transfer is on the cards.
Originating from the notes and memoirs of the late singer’s close friend and manager Vicki Wickham, Dusty is written by Jonathan Harvey who tells the story behind this iconic artist having interviewed key people from her life including Pat Rhodes, Dusty’s lifelong personal assistant, and friend and record company executive Tris Penna.
Dusty Springfield is one Britain's most successful and enduringly popular singers, with hits spanning four decades. Born in London, she became known across the world for her soulful voice and iconic look. Her solo career began way back in 1963, and included the global hits "I Only Want to Be with You", “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me" and 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?’ with the Pet Shop Boys. Her 1969 masterpiece ''Dusty In Memphis' is considered one of the greatest albums of all time and Dusty has been inducted into both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame.
Currently playing Springfield in the touring production of the show is Katherine Kingsley, who recently appeared alongside Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She is tasked with portraying the singer, who had a meteoric rise in the music industry, a career resurgence thank to a collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys, and her eventual battle with cancer.
Dusty is directed by Olivier Award-winning Maria Friedman, who has previously directed productions of High Society at the Old Vic, Stepping Out at the Vaudeville and Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along.
The production premiered at the Theatre Royal Bath in June 2018 to positive critical reception. In The Stage, Tim Bano commented that Kingsley was “relaxed and natural, troubled and authoritative and elegant all at once”, while in The Telegraph, Claire Allfree said she “makes Dusty’s music – and Dusty herself – soar”.
NOTE: This is an entirely different musical to the one also titled Dusty that ran at the Charing Cross Theatre in 2015.