|Booking From:||Wednesday, 18th November 2015|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 18th November 2015|
|Running Time:||135 minutes|
Alison Arnopp was superb as Dusty. Her command of the stage was class.
Loved the show music acting fab ..3d dusty amazing
Fantastic show, very talented singers, dancers and musicians. Should be in the West End that don't know what they are missing.
This show has the potential to be great, but a lot of improvement is needed to make it so.
As for someone who knew who Dusty Springfield was, but did not know her life story. I found the story very confusing to follow. Also in some parts of the show I was bored and restless. An hour for each half seems unnecessary long, especially when the story doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
I thought the backing singers where amazing, but the volume sometimes overpowered the main vocals being sung by Dusty, this was also the same with the music, at points I could not hear the lyrics to songs, just the music.
The hologram was underwhelming, she spent most of the time with her back to the audience, and she seemed to disappear before the songs were over. I preferred the archive footage of Dusty being played, then the hologram itself. Seems like a waste of money.
The biggest thing I couldn't stand, and seem totally unnecessary was the dancers. The dancers are good dancers, I won't deny them that. But for me it seemed that they were put on as a distraction, as they knew the show was not quite perfect. I also found some of the dancing very inappropriate as if they just walked out of string fellows and onto the stage of a west end show.
Another thing was the actress playing Dusty should be removing her piercings for the show, I sitting front row noticed these straight away and I believe it took away from her overall performance.
I was impressed by the casts ability to act in more then one role, especially with some of the male ensemble playing the instruments as well as doing the performance.
I feel like this show has been rushed to be put on, and was disappointed and bored throughout.
Dusty on stage has to be something amazing to be a success and I think there is something lacking in this production. The holograms were not as good as I had expected and this should have been the something special. The cast were very talented and did well with the script they had but I got the feeling that the whole thing was still work in progress. Marvellous amateur dramatics on a small budget in a small town venue but not for the big stage. The dancing was superfluous at times and a little too raunchy for the era at times. I hate to say it but I was praying they wouldn't come on for a second encore and clapped when it came to an end. Love Dusty, love her music but afraid not this.
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