By ThePlayhouse at 22:18 on 28/08/13
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of Dusty Springfield's solo career by reliving all her classics in a new play, Call Me Dusty.
The iconic singer, who for millions was the definitive pop diva, launched her first solo hit record 'I Only Want to Be With You' in 1963.
Celebrating this fact is a new play by Derek Webb starring Jessica Sandry who starred in an acclaimed show about another legendary singing star, Doris Day, in addition to her many national theatre, television and film roles.
Call Me Dusty celebrates the music and attempts to disentangle myth and facts, and begin to understand the very complex character who was Dusty Springfield, born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien.
With her relentless quest for perfection and refusal to compromise, Dusty led a tormented life and her stage persona – extravagant black mascara and backcombed hair – was at odds with the quiet, shy Catholic convent girl Mary O'Brien and her sexuality.
The result was a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol abuse and self-harm– but, despite all that, she produced tremendous music, which still ranks as some of the finest of its kind.
Brought up in West London as a child she was in love with the cinema and music: longing to be an actress like June Haver or a singer like Peggy Lee.
In 1960 she became part of the successful trio The Springfields with her brother Tom and his friend Tim Field and together they were the first British group to succeed in America.
But by 1963 she had decided to go solo and the legend that was Dusty Springfield was truly born achieving enormous worldwide fame.
Many times voted Best Female Singer, Dusty was largely responsible for bringing Motown to the attention of a UK audience.
The play covers the time from when she first decided to reinvent herself to a period in the early 1970s when she had seen the meteoric rise in her career begin to falter and decided to move to the US.
Dusty herself in fact tried several times to reinvent herself, and achieved a reawakening in her fortunes and discovered a brand new fan base in the late 1980s when the Pet Shop Boys asked her to sing on the No 1 hit 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'.
Sadly Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer in 1999 just short of her 60th birthday.
Call Me Dusty will be at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, on Wednesday 4 September, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £14, £12 concessions, are available on 01934 645 544 or online at http://tinyurl.com/qcsuzlp target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://tinyurl.com/677l7bh" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/677l7bh
Date: Wednesday, September 04, 2013