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Forever Dusty

Postby pat.dunham » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:22 pm

It is getting so confusing with all the various Dusty musicals coming soon. Here is a promo for "Forever Dusty" which, I believe, is the show that was off Broadway a year or so back, which is about to tour UK 2017/18.
You thought the wigs were poor for the "Dusty" show in London last year!. This video has not inspired me to go.

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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Corinna » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:29 am

Thanks for posting this, Pat! The wigs in this video haven't wowed me either, to be honest. But it looks like an empathetic portrait, so I'd be curious to see it.

Nice to see a little mention of LTD also [;)]

And I agree, I'm getting confused too with all the projects going on right now! :crazy:
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby trek007 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:35 am

Better to have no wigs than bad wigs...and those were bad. [:o]

The girl playing Dusty only had a very average voice too...don't think this is for me!

I saw Jersey boys and they sounded like The Four Seasons and that is the case with a lot of the various shows about singers.

I know some will enjoy this show and that's good, but as I say...not for me.
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby JMFabianoRPL » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:25 pm

Huh, so it's either mediocrity or Dancing With Bullcrap: the Show. What a choice!!
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Douggie » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:55 am

I have just watched the awful clips from this show!
There are so many things wrong in what I saw and heard.
I can't believe anybody would even bother producing a
show like this. Her voice is to say the lest is not as good
my dog barking. My dog does bark in tune as well.
The band sounds out of tune with many wrong chords and
not much feel.
The singing is woeful with many flat notes and with no emotion.
Dusty would be devastated that this is supposed to be her.
Mind you she may think the show to be a big joke with
the singing and music by Darlene & Jonathan Edwards?
She used to laugh a lot at them.
If you want to know about them go to:-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_ ... ne_Edwards

or youtube:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NySAbB2JLII

I would like once before I die to see a really great show about Dusty
where everything was correct. The singing, the song, the music, the wigs
and most important the right story.. PLEASE!!!

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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby trek007 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:15 pm

I agree with you 100 percent Douggie.

Having just watched the clip again ...it is awful!!
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby JMFabianoRPL » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:48 pm

I just don't know...we can't win it seems. Either they know too little or they know too much (and/or in the case of certain "authors," THINK they know too much/know it all when a lot of it may be BS).
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby pat.dunham » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:18 pm

Thanks for your view on the clip Douggie, I wanted to say that but did not feel qualified enough. At least all of us feel the same. Btw if you look at a cast list on other sites it shows a lot of different characters none of whom were around Dusty as far as I know. Dusty always expected the best, it is not apparent here. No one has yet succeeded in a stage/film about Dusty, maybe that is as it should be :!:
This show will remain a definite no-no for me. No doubt the uninformed will enjoy it.
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:52 pm

ImageThis actually is the production that played May past at the Brookside Theatre in Romford as discussed in the Musical thread - well actually I mentioned it there and hope at least some of you read my posts...Be that as it may this is one production Dusty's fans likely needn't be fussed about one way or the other as it doesn't seem to have any serious show biz muscle behind it. The "tour" is currently booked in two venues: the Broadway in Barking next January 27 for a matinee and evening performance and the Albany in Coventry next February 14 - 17 which is a Wednesday to Saturday run likely to comprise four evening performances and a Saturday matinee.

As far as the play overall, the original off-Broadway production of Forever Dusty seems to have earned Dusty some new fans as did the play's West Coast premiere February past. So without tubthumping for the UK production I would suggest that even with its evident low production values it may spark in some theatre-goers an interest in the real Dusty. Even failing that I don't foresee any negative impact.
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:55 pm

ImageWell - the tour is still pretty minimal but purportedly confirmation is imminent of bookings in Eastbourne and - Henley-on-Thames! I know people have reservations about this production or Dusty musicals overall but I have to admit I think I'd get a kick out of seeing a Dusty tribute - IMHO the play's undoubted intent - in Henley. Probably the Henley venue will be the Kenton Theatre that evidently being the only theatre in town.
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:01 pm

ImageThe show has indeed been booked into the Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames: it's run will be from March 10 2018 to - March 10 2018! That's a Saturday so presumably there'll be a matinee followed by an evening performance. As I mentioned I know there's reservations about the production but the idea of the play being performed in Henley around the anniversary of Dusty's passing does please me.

The Eastbourne date still hasn't been confirmed but my money (had I any) would be on the Devonshire Park as host venue.
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Cardiff Bluesgirl » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:19 am

Could this be more awful. [:o]
How sad that this is set to be in lovely Henley. [:(]
Why can't all these dreadful people leave her alone. [:(!]
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby pat.dunham » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:22 am

Having delved a little more into this show it would appear to be a glorified "tribute" show. The promoter Strictly Theatres ( new to web) has a tribute show for about every singer/group you can think of. Some are more staged than others.
I agree with Liz it is a shame it is booked for Henley - but the Kenton capacity of 240 is about the maximum this company would play to.

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http://www.strictlytheatre.com/foreverdustydates.htm
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Douggie » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:52 pm

Hi All.

I have made some comments on the "Dusty Musical- Son of a Preacher Man"
Here were my comments in case you never read them:-

HI
I have to say even though I do not have a liking for tribute shows. The last couple of lines from the last paragraph above made sense to me, which I have copied below.

(The Four Seasons' jukebox musical New Jersey Nights, which unlike Jersey Boys would seem to be a tribute concert with highlights of the Four Seasons' career referenced rather than enacted, with no mention made of the darker aspects of the group's career.) Struck home to me!!!.

Yeah!! career referenced rather than enacted, with no mention made of the darker aspects of the group's career.You can apply the same context to Dusty's career referenced rather than enacted, with no mention made of the darker aspects of the artists career
Sing the songs pay respect to the artist's. You shouldn't need anything else, maybe this is what all the other shows missed. WE love Dusty for her voice and the wonderful songs she sang. You could do many, many shows just doing her songs - without repeating too many of them. I don't think you really need to say anything other than sing her songs. I have seen some tribute shows and they don't go into long stories about what happened to them in their lives. They just sang the songs. Forget the story line (unless you know the real story-which none do) Just Sing her songs. It will be much easier and everyone you hope! will like what you have done. They may come to your show, enjoy what you presented then leave the theatre happy.

I posted this again so that you understand how I feel about tribute shows.

Now some further remarks to "Son of a Preacher Man" to me this isn't a tribute or any show about Dusty. It just a show or play where they have used one of Dusty's title tracks to name the show and a combination of other Dusty songs during the play. I don't think anybody will trying to play Dusty as she is not represented in the cast listing they are just using some of Dusty's song. I suppose this will encourage some people to go especially ardent Dusty Fans just for the songs.
As regards the other show "Dusty Forever" not too sure what this show is about, but going from the clips I saw there seemed to be some kind of fight on stage. I will say if it is a tribute show they should not try and tell Dusty's life story. It will only bog down the show with a lot of Bu-- ---t that's not true. PLEASE!! Just lots of her songs and Dusty's career referenced rather than enacted, with no mention made of the darker aspects of the artists career. If you do this, change the lead, the band, the dresses and the terrible wigs you may have a show.
But don't hold your breath!!!
You cannot guess what that time was about. You would have had to be there in that situation.

A few years ago I saw a tribute to Dusty done here in Melbourne, Australia by Wendy Stapleton, who I know and is a friend. But friends aside she did a great job with her singing and showing respect for Dusty, her voice, her songs, and her life without the darker things that happened to her. It was tastefully done considering the production could have been better than it was due to financial restrictions. Sadly I saw the show in the last few days. Had I seen it much earlier or had Wendy mentioned it to me before I would have been more than willing to helped get things a lot better. If she were to contact me now to say she would like to do the tribute show again. I would be more than happy to do it, as I know that she could pull the whole thing off. If this were to happen I am sure it would be good enough to impress all the other production people as well as the many Dusty people looking for something to do Dusty honour. She is not unlike Dusty anyway.
I do get upset with all these people trying to do something without knowing what to do, so they fill the gaps they don't know by making up B--- ---t and other things they gathered from the odd book or two or three or four. The only one that knows ALL!!! passed in 1999. Just sing her songs and tell people how fantastic she was. Everything else is superfluous.

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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Dustymike » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:57 pm

I could not agree more Douggie
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:10 am

ImageAs always I'm not out to change anyone's mind but my positive response to Forever Dusty playing Henley next March is based on Dusty getting recognized in what was her final hometown. I'd prefer Henley afforded her more prestigious recognition but since as far as I'm aware this isn't forthcoming I'd settle for Forever Dusty which is evidently well-intentioned and whose possibly shaky production values shouldn't IMHO prevent Dusty's appeal from coming through. I recall Vanessa Carlton's 2003 American Dreams turn as Dusty getting little online love from Dusty's fans but as Karl (hello out there!) then observed while laughable as a true evocation of Dusty, Vanessa's W&H performance had enough appeal to possibly make uninformed viewers note Dusty's name and (this is me rather than Karl) certainly wouldn't be an actual turn-off for anyone. Again - Forever Dusty and perhaps especially this production wouldn't be my first choice as the vehicle for Henley to recognize Dusty's passing but while respecting other's opinions I do encourage my disenchanted board buds to "look for the silver lining".

As far as Dusty and the SOAPM musical - while I know ABBA didn't even exist in the milieu of Mamma Mia! to me it would seem rather strange if Dusty were completely unreferenced in a musical scored with her hits - the SOAPM musical's setting is what could be termed Dusty's "home turf". And since the SOAPM musical's casting call mentioned a "female swing" who'd play a number of small roles I do wonder if Dusty might not make a cameo. Be that the case or not Son of a Preacher Man does seem to be a musical Dusty's fans can anticipate without trepidation. (BTW - if you've overlooked the post on the casting call for the SOAPM musical which I made in the Musical thread I think you'll find it worth a look, as the casting call details add a lot to the barebones plot info contained in the show's promo.)
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Re: Forever Dusty

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:49 pm

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Sweetbaby wrote:The Eastbourne date still hasn't been confirmed but my money (had I any) would be on the Devonshire Park as host venue.

In fact the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne will be the host venue for Forever Dusty on April 7 2018: that's a Saturday so likely there's a matinee followed by an evening show. I realize there's not a lot (if any) support for this production but IMHO from an abstract point of view its progress should be noted.
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