Directed by Maryanne Rushton with Musical Director Phillip Liu, DUSTY the Original Pop Diva contains many big hits of the 1960s, including I Only Want To Be With You; Little By Little; Silver Threads and Golden Needles; Stay Awhile; Dancing In The Street; Wishin’ and Hopin’; My Generation; The Look Of Love; Who Can I Turn To?; I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself; Son Of A Preacher Man; Heart And Soul – songs which will bring back memories for many.
Dusty's Story - In the 1950’s, a star-struck, plain and dumpy London schoolgirl imagines she could become a glamorous movie idol. Her parents tell her not to dream. But nothing deters her. Blessed with an amazing voice and talent, she sets out to become a star, transforming herself from plain Mary O’Brien into the blonde pop icon, Dusty Springfield. But while Dusty, the gorgeous blonde star, is the image the world sees, it is an illusion behind which little Mary O’Brien still lives; the alter ego from which Dusty can never escape and who remains with her throughout her life.
Driven by her sense of perfection, Dusty takes on the world even as she discovers a desperate need to be loved in a way that could cause her career to crash. At the pinnacle of international success, Dusty finds the pressure unbearable. Unable to be what other people expect, and finding the spotlight’s heat can burn, she retreats from the world into a dark place. Eventually, finding strength in adversity, Dusty returns to soar to the top but with the world applauding again, she finds she has one more battle to fight.
Off Broadway Theatre is a small, intimate and friendly space with easy access from street level for people with mobility difficulties. From Row B, all seating is tiered, giving alll seats a good view of the stage. The licensed bar is open prior to curtain up and again for a short while after the performance.