Maria Friedman to direct new Dusty Springfield musical in 2018

Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 21.59.18The turbulent life of one of British pop’s most distinctive singers, Dusty Springfield, will be the subject of a new musical to be directed by one of the West End’s most accomplished leading ladies, Maria Friedman.

Billed as the first ‘authorised’ musical about Springfield, Dusty will be written by playwright, novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Gimme Gimme Gimme).

Taking inspiration from the authorised biography Dancing With Demons, written by music journalist Penny Valentine and Springfield’s friend and manager Vicki Wickham, Harvey’s work will also be based on interviews with those who knew the iconic star the best including her friend and secretary Pat Rhodes and record executive Tris Penna.

The show, which is to be produced by Eleanor Lloyd Productions, is expected to premiere in the UK in 2018.

Multi award-winning actress Friedman made her debut as a director in 2012 with Merrily We Roll Along and then went on to stage High Society at the Old Vic in 2015. She is currently directing the popular revival of Richard Harris’ Stepping Out which is due to transfer to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre in March.

A previous attempt to bring 1960s icon Springfield’s story to the musical stage, the jukebox-style Dusty had a troubled run at the Charing Cross Theatre in 2015.

Angela Thomas

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