What Is the Story of Forever Dusty?
Forever Dusty tells the story of Mary O'Brien, who grew up to be a musical superstar known as Dusty Springfield. See how this young Irish girl with a big soulful voice took the world by storm. The show spotlights Dusty's immense talents and decade-spanning career in pop music, as well as her passionate relationship with female reporter and her lifelong battle with drugs and alcohol.
There are terrific musical numbers in which [Kirsten Holly] Smith, backed by an onstage band, effectively replicates the singer’s blue-eyed soul sound. The highlight is her full-throttle rendition of 'Preacher Man,' good enough to provide the illusion that we’re watching the real thing.Review by Steven Suskin from Variety
[Christina] Sajous leaves a lasting impression—and a blur of sequins—in her electric rendition of the soul classic 'Tell Him' by the Exciters, a high-energy, danceable tune that opens Dusty's ears to the American sound.Review by Peter Santilli from Associated Press
What Is Forever Dusty Like?
Co-written by Kirsten Holly Smith (who also played the title role) and Jonathan Vankin, Forever Dusty is a one-act 90-minute bio musical about the legendary British pop star Dusty Springfield. The show quickly moves through Springfield's life and touches on major milestones in her 40-year career. Forever Dusty features familiar music sung by powerhouse vocalists and will be sure to have you dancing in your seat. Songs include "Son of a Preacher Man," "Tell Him," "Wishin' and Hopin'" and many more.
Is Forever Dusty Good for Kids?
Forever Dusty has adult language, discusses apartheid and features a same-sex relationship, as well as drug and alcohol use. Parents should be advised that it could raise some uneasy questions for very young audiences.