Dusty is a unique new multi-media “Fusion Musical”. A celebration of the career of Dusty Springfield, a true innovator, this theatrical event, seamlessly combines the most up-to-date 3-D technology and digital media (some of it rare film footage only recently discovered) with a recognisable musical theatre format of live performance, music and dance. The audience experiences the story as told through the eyes of Nancy Jones, one of Dusty’s childhood friends, and other key figures who accompanied Dusty on her journey.
Born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, we follow the highs and lows of the prodigiously gifted singer’s rise from middle class suburban London, to the recording of her seminal album Dusty in Memphis. With her determination, vision and desire to succeed, we watch Dusty chase a unique sound, embrace the outsider, break rules, introduce England to Tamla Motown, ‘The Sound Of Black America’, beat a path to America for the British Invasion and get deported from South Africa for kicking against apartheid. Dusty turned music studios upside down, recording in toilets and corridors to get the sound she wanted, and produce some the most unforgettable songs ever.
Dusty Springfield was the leading female British pop singer of the Sixties and she continues to be an inspiration for a many British female artists. She is often the benchmark by which they are judged. Her popularity endures, by the regularity with which her music continues to be heard on radio, television and in film today.