The Production Company has announced full details of the cast for their new production of DUSTY the musical, opening at Arts Centre Melbourne on 12 November, to be followed by an Adelaide season at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 31 December 2016.
Amy Lehpamer (The Sound of Music) stars as Dusty in this new production and Todd McKenney (The Boy From Oz) plays the role of Rodney, her loyal hairdresser and long time confidant. Elenoa Rokobaro makes her Production Company debut in the role of Reno. Virginia Gay (Winners and Losers) is Peg, Anne Wood and Tyler Coppin are Kay and Gerard O’Brien. In the role of the young Dusty (Mary O’Brien) is Baylie Carson, who makes her professional debut in this role.
The cast also features Ella Burns, Nicole Melloy, Luke Alleva, Joshua Mulheran, Chidi Mbakwe, Ruvarashe Ngwenya, Emma Hawthorne, Loren Hunter, Nicholas Kyriacou and Rubin Matters. John O’Hara will play the role of Rodney at selected performances. DUSTY the musical is the creation of the Australian writers John-Michael Howson, David Mitchell and Melvyn Morrow.
Ten years since its Australia debut it’s time to fall in love with DUSTY all over again. This new production is directed by award winning director, Jason Langley, conducted by Michael Tyack and choreographed by Michael Ralph. Costume Designer Isaac Lummis, Set Designer Anna Cordingley, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest and Sound Design by System Sound.
DUSTY the musical is the extraordinary story of the life and music of Dusty Springfield, one of pop music’s greatest female stars. For more than fifty years, Dusty’s music has reached out to all ages. Her legendary life is a riveting story of highs and lows and triumph and tragedy.
In the 1960’s, Dusty Springfield took the world by storm with her unique, sensual soul singing and a score of hits including I Only Want To Be With You, Wishin’ And Hopin’, The Look Of Love, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself and Son Of A Preacher Man.
DUSTY the musical features these hits and many more! It’s the story of the shy, young Londoner, Mary O’Brien who transforms herself into the pop-icon Dusty Springfield, the legend who, as the blonde with the beehive in the shimmering gowns, came to symbolise the swinging 60’s.
“Britain’s best ever pop singer…. whose voice simultaneously embodied Sixties pop elegance and seemed luminously timeless.” – Rolling Stone
DUSTY the musical plays Arts Centre Melbourne: 12 November – 4 December 2016, before playing the Adelaide Festival Centre: 31 December 2016 – 22 January 2017. For more information, visit: www.theproductioncompany.com.au for details.
Image: Amy Lehpamer as Dusty Springfield (supplied)