Forever Dusty, Musical About Late Dusty Springfield, Will Play New World Stages
By Andrew Gans
Forever Dusty, a new musical by Kirsten Holly Smith and Jonathan Vankin about the life of late singer Dusty Springfield, will begin previews at Off-Broadway's New World stages Nov. 11 with an official opening set for Nov. 18.
Directed by Randal Myler (Love, Janis; It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues), Forever Dusty will be produced by Jorja Fox, Leslie Brockett, Jane Gullong and Sandalphon Productions, with executive producer Eva Price of Maximum Entertainment Productions.
Co-writer Smith will also star in the production.
"I'm ecstatic to be part of the team bringing Forever Dusty to the New York Stage,” said Price in a statement. “Dusty Springfield was one of the most inspiring and soulful performers of the 20th century. Dusty transformed the music industry and paved the way for the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse in a world that doesn't often appreciate the magic of vocal performance and true melody. Being able to tell Dusty's complicated and compelling life story through musical theater and Kirsten's performance is a gift to the Fall Theatrical Season."
Michael Thomas Murray will serve as the musical director. The complete cast and creative team will be announced shortly.
Forever Dusty, according to the producers, tells the "compelling and moving story of Dusty’s journey, in a dramatic, high-energy musical filled with some of the most exciting pop songs ever written," including “Son of a Preacher Man,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “The Look of Love” and many others.
Born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, Dusty Springfield became the first great female pop star of the 1960s.
Show times will be Monday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2:30 PM and 7 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street.
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