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Dusty – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Jonathan Harvey Director: Maria Friedman Reviewer: May Mellstrom "I'm 90 percent smoke and mirrors darling" declares Dusty Springfield, with a glint in her kohl-rimmed eyes as she rejects a marriage proposal and hails a taxi, disappearing into the night. The legendary British singer, born Mary O'Brien in 1939, was famously private however this new musical from acclaimed writer Jonathan ...

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Son Of A Preacher Man – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Warner Brown Director & Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Daryl Holden Son Of A Preacher Man finds its story in three strangers who come together to find the “preacher man” after each of them have suffered different kinds of love and loss in their lives. Who was the preacher man? Well, he was a man who ran a record shop ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Warner Brown Director & Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If you listen closely you can hear the sound of the late, great Dusty Springfield turning in her grave at this travesty of a musical that weaves her greatest hits around a series of utterly banal love stories. Unlike Dusty, who sang “I just don’t know what to ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – Theatre Royal, Brighton

A woman leans over a man bent backwards over a table

Writer: Warner Brown Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Jo Payne From the opening trumpet, it’s clear that this show’s music will be a strong element.  And so it should. The music of Dusty Springfield is loved the world over and, for this jukebox musical, the songs have had a bit of a makeover.  Recognisable songs have a slightly different rhythm, ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – Darlington Hippodrome

A woman leans over a man bent backwards over a table

Writer: Warner Brown Director & Musical Staging: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Mark Clegg Just when you think that the trend for jukebox musicals has exhausted every famous pop act’s back catalogue, along comes another one. To be fair, the songs of Dusty Springfield offer a rich and varied repertoire on which to base a musical but as Son of a ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

A woman leans over a man bent backwards over a table

Book: Warner Brown Director and Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In the London of the Swinging 60s, we’re told, there was a legendary record shop. The shop was a magnet for the in-crowd, and the owner discovered he had a talent as an Agony Uncle, dispensing relationship advice even as he advised on the best of the latest ...

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Dusty – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Duncan Sibbald, Kim Weild and Chris Cowley Director: Chris Cowey Reviewer: Paul Ackroyd   The programme claims that this show is distinctive from previous shows about Dusty Springfield because “ Dusty is the star of the show”. Actually the technology is the star. The set is dominated by a large screen on which are projected throughout the production images ...

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Donald Does Dusty – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Director: Lizzie Olesker Reviewer: David Doyle There is no doubting that Donald Torr had a fascinating life. From growing up gay in Aberdeen in the 1960s and loving Dusty Springfield, to becoming a somewhat well-known young man gracing the cover of both Jackie and The Sun, as well as making millions selling antiques to his death from AIDS-related causes, it’s ...

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