It has been announced that a new musical charting the life of Dusty Springfield will hit the London stage next year. 

Directed by Maria Friedman, this new musical originates from the the notes and memoirs of the late singer’s close friend and manager Vicki Wickham.

It has been written by Jonathan Harvey, who is telling the story of the singer following numerous interviews with the key people from her life including Pat Rhodes, Dusty’s lifelong personal assistant, and friend and record company executive Tris Penna.

Details of dates, venue and casting will be announced in due course.

Dusty Springfield is considered to be one of Britain’s most successful singers, having a career that spans at least four decades. Her career began back in 1963 and included the release of hits such as ‘I Only Want to Be with You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ and ‘What Have I Done to Deserve This?’.

Since writing his first play in 1987, Jonathan Harvey has written 15 more such as Babies, Boom Bang-A-Bang and Beautiful Thing. His extensive writing career also includes writing for television shows such as Coronation Street, Rev and Shameless.

Meanwhile, three-time Olivier award winning Maria Friedman made her directorial debut with a hugely acclaimed production of Merrily We Roll Along. Since then she has also directed High Society at the Old Vic and is currently directing Stepping Out.

Dusty the mew musical will be produced by Eleanor Lloyd Productions whose credits also include Nell Gwynn with Gemma Arterton(Apollo), 1984 (Playhouse, 2014, 2015 & 2016), My Night with Reg (Apollo), and Handbagged.

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