Songs recorded by Dusty Springfield, book by John-Michael Howson, David Mitchell and Melvyn Morrow. Chatswood Musical Society. Zenith Theatre, Chatswood (NSW). November 2 – 11, 2012.
The musical is called Dusty, it’s utterly defined by the portrayal of pop diva, and with Linda Hale in the title role it is in safe hands, both in vocals and acting. Thanks to musical director David Lang, a capable off-stage orchestra and strong back-up singers, the production boasts an effective, slightly theatricalised 60s (and later) pop sound.
Linda Hale’s energy in the musical numbers and sympathetic playing of scenes, overcoming sometimes two-dimensional writing, is the full deal, doing full justice to the pop icon.