THEATRE REVIEW: 5 reasons to see Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre

  1. Dusty Springfield

You may have read recently about plans for a tour by a hologram of Whitney Houston, well here the latest 3D technology and digital media makes it appear as if Dusty Springfield is actually singing before us. The hologram performs three songs and a giant screen means archive footage is also used throughout the production to ensure the image of the actual 60s singing sensation is rarely out of our thoughts.

2. Cast and crew, especially Alison Arnopp

The cast’s six men all play musical instruments as well as acting in Dusty. The ensemble is rounded out by half a dozen women who dance and sing as well as act. Heading the cast are the brilliant Francesca Jackson (who plays Dusty’s childhood friend Nancy Jones) and Arnopp as Dusty who is especially strong and reminded monstagigz of a young Sheridan Smith.

3. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

This musical tells the story of Dusty’s rise to stardom, arguments with many of those around her and doesn’t shy away from the then thorny issue of her sexuality. It’s a treasure trove for Dusty fans because it features so many of her hits including this (YouTube clip above) and watch out for that signature ‘five to three’ arm movement at 1m 15s.

4. Goin’ Back

Sensibly, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me and Goin’ Back, two of Dusty’s greatest songs, feature at the beginning and end of the show. The brilliance of the back catalogue is also highlighted perfectly in the closing medley of the show’s strongest tunes as the entire cast takes to the stage for a final uproarious group number.

5. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

Headstrong Dusty’s love of black artists and soul music and the problems she encountered in South Africa as a result are also featured here as is a surprise appearance by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – a real treat for fans of the era. Dusty‘s had a bit of a rough ride from the critics but it has a fantastic collection of songs and our heroine’s story is told with real energy by its talented cast. We’d also predict a very bright future for its young star Alison Arnopp.

  • Tickets for Dusty, which runs to 21/11, are available here.

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