Dusty Extends at London's Charing Cross Theatre, After Finally Setting an Official Opening

News   Dusty Extends at London's Charing Cross Theatre, After Finally Setting an Official Opening
Dusty, a new multi-media show celebrating the music of pop icon Dusty Springfield, has been previewing at London's Charing Cross Theatre since May and has twice postponed its opening nights (originally scheduled for June 3, then revised to June 12). The show has now announced what it says is a firm official opening of Sept. 7.

The show's run will be extended through Nov. 21. It was originally booking only through Aug. 22, so would have closed without opening if it hadn't extended.

According to press materials, audiences will see and hear Springfield on stage using the most up-to-date 3-D technology and digital media. The show also features live performance, music and dance, featuring original music by the late Springfield (1939-1999).


Dusty Springfield
Dusty Springfield

Including rare film footage only recently discovered, the production is seen through the eyes of Nancy Jones, one of Springfield's childhood friends, and other key figures who accompanied her on her journey.

Among Springfield's biggest hits were "I Only Want to Be with You," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" and "Son of a Preacher Man." 
Written by Kim Weild and Duncan Sibbald with dramaturg Jack Bradley, it is now directed by Ben Woolf (replacing the previously billed Chris Cowey), with set designs by Phil Lindley, lighting by Richard Williamson (replacing the previously billed Eugene O’Connor), choreography by Lyndon Lloyd and sound by Paul Gavin and James Nicholson. Musical direction is by Dean Austin.

The current cast consists of Ellie Ann-Lowe (Mary O’Brien), Francesca Jackson (Nancy), Stewart McCheyne (DJ Dave Dean), Ben Tolley (Johnny Franz), Leo Elso (Dion O’Brien/Tom Springfield), Joe Vetch (Douggie Reece), Joan Walker (Kay O’Brien), Graham Kent (Gerard ‘OB’ O’Brien), Tristan Pate (Vic Billings), Allyson Ava Brown (Martha Reeves), Danielle Kassarata (Maddie), Arabella Rodrigo (Norma) and ensemble members Danielle Harrison, Bex Leung, Cleo Jaeger and Marianna Neofitou.

Dusty is produced in the West End by Freddie Madden, Patrice Wilson and Darren DeVerna with Andrew Green as Executive Producer and Paul Howes as Associate Producer.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 08444 930650 or visit TheDustyShow.com.

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