Written by Duncan Sibbald and Kim Weild, Dusty is told through the eyes of Nancy Jones, a close childhood friend who accompanied her on her journey to fame. Through the musical, we discover how Dusty Springfield rose from a middle-class suburban Londoner to one of the world’s best-known soul singers, watching her chase a unique sound with a huge determination to succeed. Well-known for revolutionising the way music was produced; recording her songs in toilets and corridors to produce the sound she wanted, Dusty is interspersed with some of her greatest hits, including “I Only Want to Be with You”, “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” and “Son of a Preacher Man”, amongst many more.
Ellie Ann-Lowe stars as Dusty, whose original name was Mary O’Brien, alongside Francesca Jackson (Dreamboats and Petticoats, Rent) as Nancy Jones. Further cast members include Harvey Robinson as Dave Dean, Matt Blaker as Johnny Franz, Leo Elso as Dion O’Brien/Tom Springfield, Luke Thornton as Douggie Reece, Ellen Verenieks as Kay O’Brien, Graham Kent as Gerard O’Brien, Oliver Lynes as Vic Billings, Megan Makin as Lynne Abrams, Jemma Geanaus as Maddie, Sienne Sebek as Norma and Witney White as Martha.
Directed by Chris Cowey (The Tube, Top of the Pops), Dusty features choreography by Joey McKneely (West Side Story), set design by Phil Lindley, lighting design by Eugene O’Connor and Richard Williamson, sound design by Paul Gavin and James Nicholson, with musical direction by Dean Austin. A breath-taking, whirlwind insight into the life of a hugely popular female artists, Dusty is the celebratory musical about Britain’s finest blue-eyed soul singer.