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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:48 pm

ImageI realize it's not necessary for every pic relating to the SOAPM musical to be reproduced here but I think a good number of my board buds will be interested in the set design: click to enlarge -
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Since the set features a street map I don't think I'm being overly petty in mentioning that there is in fact no tube station on Denmark Street where the promo has stated the SOAPM club is located - the nearest would be Tottenham Court at St Giles Circus (BTW - this isn't a criticism).
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Re: Musical

Postby trek007 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:57 am

Looks abit like the Cavern!
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:27 pm

trek007 wrote:Looks abit like the Cavern!

For comparison consideration - click to enlarge:
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:19 pm

ImageNo new info on the SOAPM musical but at least all existing info - for the most part - may now be viewed at http://sonofapreachermanmusical.com/, the site having been given a thorough updating which includes clickable pix of all the cast members which link to each performer's background info. For some reason the site still isn't featuring all the tour dates, the most recent listing of which may be observed here - https://www.londontheatre1.com/tickets/ ... acher-man/

And I want to make sure my board buds are aware that the Twitter and Facebook accounts for the SOAPM musical may be accessed by clicking the appropriate icons at the upper right-hand corner of the SOAPM musical site: unlike the site these accounts have been updated regularly and altho it's unlikely there'll be much if any additional info at this point, rehearsal pix seem to be posted constantly on these Twitter and Facebook pages.
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:03 pm

Diana Vickers is due to appear on 'Lorraine' 8.30 tomorrow morning (11th) talking about the Son of a Preacher Man tour.
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:08 pm

A single has been released to promote the musical, Diana Vickers singing SOAPM. I was sent the links should anyone wish to listen or buy [:)]

https://open.spotify.com/track/0ytzejrlTV3YHWUzWo5Uug Apple Music
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:00 pm

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Curtain call from last night's premiere of the SOAP{M musical at the Churchill in Bromley which played to a full house. Hopefully the elan displayed by the cast was shared by the audience - I can't find any online reaction to the musical at all. I believe some of my board buds have tickets for Birmingham next week - please don't be shy about talking about the show here.
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Re: Musical

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Re: Musical

Postby trek007 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:07 pm

I am going Thursday...so will post a review!
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:24 pm

I've seen a few positive posts on Twitter from people who were there. One said she'd write a review, so I'll keep an eye out for it.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:05 pm

ImageWell...I've found a review which I fear rates the musical two stars out of five - which seems generous of the writer given her review's content. Of course jukebox musicals often go over bigger with audiences than with critics but this critic: Sarah McPartlan, has responded much more positively to several other productions which IMHO are cut from the same cloth as the SOAPM musical. That said - I'm not suggesting anyone drop their plans to to see the show because of one review. And Ms McPartlan in no way indicates that the show reflects badly on Dusty. Any road - interested parties may read the review at this link: http://musicaltheatremusings.co.uk/son- ... eacher-man
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:49 pm

ImageTwo more reviews - one which largely corroborates the misgivings expressed in the earlier review, the most serious IMHO being the contention that the play's focal idea is never really developed into a plot. On the plus side - Diana Vickers is again lauded, and the blogger: Katie Rose, does state: "watching the finale it was clear that the audience did enjoy themselves. If you are a fan of Dusty Springfield this maybe the musical for you". This review may be viewed here: http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=1165

There's also a five-out-of-five stars review whose writer: Jeanine Jones, can't seem to find enough good things to say about the show: again there's especial praise for Diana Vickers who's ID'd as the performer of both IOWTBWY and Anyone Who Had a Heart. This review may be viewed here: http://www.rewritethisstory.com/2017/09 ... chill.html

Both reviews feature performance pix which may also be viewed at the play's Facebook page.
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:02 pm

Just to say thanks for searching out these reviews, much appreciated. I hope I enjoy it as much as the third reviewer [:D]
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:23 pm

ImageWell - I thought the Birmingham gig might get some reviews in the mainstream press but nothing so far. I've found a fourth blogger review of the Bromley engagement which I fear makes it three naysayers against one hooraysayer. This latest review does echo the misgivings of the previous negative reviews as far as finding the script flaccid and the doubling of actors as onstage musicians clumsy - blogger Ian Foster also adds to the praise afforded Diana Vickers. Hopefully the play's purported shortcomings don't prevent it from being entertaining but while I realize it's early days I'm moved to prophesy that Son of a Preacher Man will turn out to be as much of a non-event as the Mari Wilson-helmed Dusty musical that was launched at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley seventeen years ago. Anway - you can read Ian Foster's blog here: http://oughttobeclowns.blogspot.ca/2017 ... .html#more
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Re: Musical

Postby Douggie » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:28 am

Sweetbaby wrote:ImageWell - I thought the Birmingham gig might get some reviews in the mainstream press but nothing so far. I've found a fourth blogger review of the Bromley engagement which I fear makes it three naysayers against one hooraysayer. This latest review does echo the misgivings of the previous negative reviews as far as finding the script flaccid and the doubling of actors as onstage musicians clumsy - blogger Ian Foster also adds to the praise afforded Diana Vickers. Hopefully the play's purported shortcomings don't prevent it from being entertaining but while I realize it's early days I'm moved to prophesy that Son of a Preacher Man will turn out to be as much of a non-event as the Mari Wilson-helmed Dusty musical that was launched at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley seventeen years ago. Anway - you can read Ian Foster's blog here: http://oughttobeclowns.blogspot.ca/2017 ... .html#more


Hi Sweetbaby

I can understand from your posts promoting this production that you are some what taken by this show and there is nothing wrong with this. However I am always wary of any show that wants a Dusty connection through her great songs which is also OK! I get your point so please let it run it's course be it successful or a flop. There have been many more Dusty influenced shows before and there will be many many more to come I am sure. I would think by now that everybody who goes onto this web site knows of this show which has had posts since February 2017 and will decide to go or not go. Great for your passion but Please [beg] post some other subjects.

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Re: Musical

Postby jennifer49 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:09 pm

Went to the Alex, Birmingham yesterday afternoon and yes 9/10, will say why dropped the one at the end.
Had a great time, really enjoyed it. The plot had a few twists and turns which wasn't expecting and couldn't
wait to get to the end to see how it all panned out.
Went with the notion that this wasn't about Dusty, but it is, she is referred to right the way through, but only
because of her musical accomplishments, nothing else. Even one of her records was played on stage at one point
in the plot, but won't say which one, so won't spoil it for other people going. For those at the back or for people
who can't hear very well, probably wouldn't have heard it as turned down low for background music at that stage in the plot.
Three or four other songs were also snook in, but only sung by Dusty on stage, or possibly some of her favourites, but not recorded by her with the exception of one.
Have to say well done to the stage musicians, such beautiful sounds, think was the flutes and saxophones, in the opening scenes the musicians moved off to the right of the stage and stood in a circle to finish what they were playing, it was so beautiful wasn't taking much notice of what else was going on, I just couldn't take my
eyes off them.
All done very well, and they looked like they were enjoying themselves and a young cast to be introduced to Dusty's music. Now I'm going to come to the last little bit, was disappointed that Diana didn't have a song to sing all for herself. Has such a powerful voice, I just wanted her to stand in the middle of the stage and sing out
into the audience, but she didn't, when singing Son Of A Preacher Man was joined by the rest of the cast, could
still hear her because of her powerful voice, but was a little drowned out somewhat. Some of the other cast did
their own songs but not her, was always joined by someone else.
The audience were a bit reserved, no standing ovation at the end, just a few people did, and when they were all taking their solo bows at the end it was Ian Reddington who got the cheers and whistles and not Diana.
Maybe because the face was more familiar.
The Programme is nice, £4.00 and got a couple of pictures of you know who. A great tribute to Dusty this is because its such great music. The writer must be a fan, has got to be, and will have a few more by the time this show has run its course.
Glad I went, would recommend.

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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:38 pm

ImageDouggie I understand what you're saying - and I'd love to post about other things but the SOAPM musical seems to be the only active element on the "Dusty radar" at present. I used to participate quite heavily in this forum's threads with "what would Dusty..." and "why did Dusty..." type headings but as traffic here has declined in recent times these threads seldom crop up anymore and I'm not really "up" for initiating them myself. I have in fact initiated threads here of late but they don't seem to catch any evident interest. After posting in this thread yesterday I did prep the initial post in a planned thread on the UK tour of Carole King's Beautiful but I ultimately decided on the basis of such recent forum posts I've made as on Bette Midler starring on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! that overall interest here in info on the Beautiful tour would be low if not nil, and that I should trust that anyone who would in fact be interested would learn of it on their own.

However I'm not just posting about the SOAPM musical for the sake of posting, and I'm not really "taken with" the musical per se. As I've said my interest is primarily based on its being a relatively high-profile Dusty related project. And I'm not trying to influence my board buds' decisions on whether or not to attend - my perspective is that as there's almost 4500 miles between me and the nearest venue hosting the SOAPM musical I can only experience the musical as much as possible secondhand and while I respect your position I believe I'm correct in feeling that there are other people who visit this board who can't see the musical but have an interest in it and appreciate as much info as they can get: I understand that any potentially interested parties can trawl the web as much as I can but I do seem to have a bit of a knack for it and IMO it's not really overkill for me to concentrate the flow of info on the SOAPM musical here. Overall I feel each successive post I've made in this thread has conveyed additional information and with the musical having just opened last week then the critical response to it is news. If I were to post links to every review of the show from now til next July that might [:D] be overkill but while I certainly plan to read as many reviews as possible myself I won't be moved to share them here - unless there is something new conveyed about the show. And if I'm not scooped on it I certainly plan to post updates here such as any re-casting for the 2018 leg of the tour.

Any way Douggie - like everyone else here I appreciate your participation in this board more than I can say. And I hope my response to your voiced concern has been respectful and not seemed dismissive. I'm sure you're not the only board member who thinks I've been hammering away over-much on the musical - a time or two I've actually acknowledged this saying in effect "I know I've gone on and on already but please at least skim my new post". Of course it's up to my board buds whether or not they want to give a post any more attention once they see the Image icon.

Thanks again Douggie for your input.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:52 pm

ImageThanks for the report Jennifer - am glad you enjoyed it. Hope I don't across as needy but perhaps at some point someone who sees the show can post scans from the programme?
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Re: Musical

Postby jennifer49 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:24 pm

Hi Sweetbaby,

No you don't come across as needy, just interested like the majority of us. If I knew where you lived I would go and get you a Programme and post it to you, but you live abroad don't you?
I'm sure someone will see your post and do the honours of a scan as I am unable to, don't know how.

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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:40 pm

jennifer49 wrote:Hi Sweetbaby,

No you don't come across as needy, just interested like the majority of us. If I knew where you lived I would go and get you a Programme and post it to you, but you live abroad don't you?
I'm sure someone will see your post and do the honours of a scan as I am unable to, don't know how.

Jennifer


ImageYes Jennifer - altho British-born I live on the West Coast (actually off the West Coast) of Canada. Any road - I don't really have a personal proprietal interest in the programme but thought if possible it would be nice if it could be showcased on Dusty's fansite. Again I'm glad you enjoyed the musical.
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:18 pm

I think for a while now, Facebook and it's Dusty sites has taken over from LTD with the sort of posts that used to happen on here. Like it or not, it's the way it is. I would always try to post any news and new photos on here but there doesn't seem to be that much happening right now, except for this musical and the one proposed for next year. I'm going to see it in Manchester and I know many other people reading this forum are going to other venues too, so it is relevant to keep news and reviews of the show going, at least for a little longer. This is, after all, just one thread and it's headed 'musical'.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:30 am

ImageIt's great that the reviews from fellow board members are starting to come in. As far as purportedly critical assessments - it would seem the ones already linked to in this thread seem to exemplify how critics will react to the show. I realize that the musical had no more aspirations than to be a diverting trifle but still I can't help but be a bit disappointed that it's not shaping up to make a bit more of an impact than would seem to be the case, being as it's only the second instance of a UK tour of a Dusty-focused play and the first instance - perhaps undeservedly - came and went in 2000. With so many Dusty screen and stage projects having been planned it would be great for one to come to fruition with a bang - I still have hopes for the biographical play next year. But I'm glad the SOAPM musical while it is around is evidently entertaining audiences and may boost the appreciation of some somewhat casual fans of Dusty.

BTW - there has been an unofficial web page set up for the biographical Dusty jukebox musical at http://www.dustyspringfieldmusical.co.uk/ At present it features only barebones info familiar to anyone following this thread but it might be worth keeping an eye on.
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Re: Musical

Postby pat.dunham » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:49 pm

Yet another musical - bio due in London next year. TINA the life of Tina Turner. It will be in the Aldwych theatre from March to June. Pre-sale tickets are available through Amazon Tickets at moment for £11.00.
Believe producers are looking for a Tina at present.

Dusty? Cilla, Tina.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:22 pm

ImageTina herself is endorsing the musical so presumably she had as much input into it as she wished. And Phyllida Lloyd who helmed the inaugural production of Mamma Mia! is directing (of course the two musicals must be radically disparate - unless Tina's life history is radically re-written).

I doubt if it's at all officially endorsed but a jukebox musical with split-focus on Aretha and Tina is currently playing. Hosted by an Edmonton Alberta dinner theater Super Soul Sistas is unlikely to be bound for Broadway or the West End but has earned at least one enthusiastic-yet-grounded review - which is worth reading if only to learn the phrase interstitial comment (the production eschews dramatic enactment in favor of between-numbers onstage biographical commentary) - http://www.gigcity.ca/2017/09/10/review ... ul-sistas/

Altho I still have hopes for the 2018 Dusty bio-jukebox musical I wonder about the viability of a portmanteau-style musical focused on Dusty and one or more of her "fellow" Britgirls - it might have more drawing power (hard to imagine not everyone's a Dusty fan but...) and with the biographical element being necessarily more condensed there might be less temptation to dwell on the darker episodes in Dusty's life.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:31 am

ImageI know I indicated that once the tone of the critical response to the SOAPM musical seemed established I'd lay off linking to reviews: however a review I found of this week's Sunderland Empire gig seems to me the most thorough and balanced critique to date - and I have read several besides the ones I've previously linked to - and therefore merited linking to.

So while awaiting Carole's response to next week's Manchester gig The North East Theatre Guide write-up of the SOAPM musical may be perused at http://nomorepanicbutton.blogspot.ca/ -it's the blog entry for September 19.

BTW I assume the statement describing the Preacher Man in the 60s: "You could listen to records in booths - even buy a coffee which hits by the likes of Dusty are played" should read "while hits... are played" as fifty years later we still don't have phonic coffee cups!
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Re: Musical

Postby jennifer49 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:58 am

Sweetbaby, Don't stop reviewing, I enjoy reading 'em. Had you not have posted that last review from the North East would never have known about it, so thank you for that.

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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:54 pm

ImageWell thanks for the thumbs up Jennifer. There actually aren't that many reviews showing up online - they're mostly by bloggers: I suspect the producers aren't sending comps to critics from the mainstream press - and except for one or two fawning write-ups the gist of the reviews I have read seems to be largely the same. So I think it's reasonable to give special focus to reviews which have at least somewhat of a distinct perspective. And as I said I'll pass on any news on the musical such as the recasts for the 2018 leg of the tour - a development which may not be announced for some time: I did wonder if given the praise she's drawing Diana Vickers might decide to stay on but she did confirm her departure in an interview with the Bolton News last week ("It’s a great show and I have got a lot out of it already and learned a lot. But I need to move on and see what else is out there for me”).
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Re: Musical

Postby countrycake » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:59 pm

daydreamer wrote:There's been a discussion over on one of the Facebook sites after this snippet appeared in the Daily Mail today.

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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:47 pm

countrycake wrote:Daily Mail has today retracted this story and accepts it is not true.

ImageWell it's certainly a step in the right direction for the production to not feature totally untrue info - hopefully there's also an overall disinterest in making actual events in Dusty's life overly dark.
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:40 am

Three of us went to see 'Son of a Preacher Man' in Manchester yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd have to agree that the plot line is rather thin but that for me was helped by having read previous reviews and sort of knowing what to expect. The opening bars from the band of the intro to YDHTSYLM actually made me fill up, memories of the days when the curtains would open and it would actually be Dusty. The musicians were all excellent and in the main, all the singers carried the songs well, different, but well. Not all of the singers were natural dancers but CRH had done his job and there were some very good dance routines. For me, there was a lot of pleasure in knowing that every song was a song of Dusty's and I wasn't disappointed that none of them were done in Dusty's style, just like they weren't done in Abba's style in Mama Mia. The songs told a story, sometimes the words were changed slightly (esp in Middle of Nowhere) and sometimes the songs came back in another scene. For me the one's that worked best were 'A House is Not a Home', 'IJDKWTDWM' and 'How Can I Be Sure'. The one that didn't was possibly 'Anyone Who Had a Heart'. There were also a couple of Springfields songs and a Lana's song in there, again to tell a story. All in all, we were all happy with the show, Dusty was mentioned many times, she herself was part of the storyline which was especially nice. I also enjoyed the fact that there was no worry about someone playing Dusty and getting it wrong, not sounding like her, 'dark times' and bad bouffants! The Cappuccino Sisters are great as are Diana Vickers and Michael Howe and Debra Stevenson surprised me with her voice, I hadn't really expected her to be able to sing. I couldn't see into the circle but the stalls were more or less full and the audience very appreciative come the uplifting finale. [:)]
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Re: Musical

Postby humboldt » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:59 pm

Thanks for taking time to post a review and glad that you liked it. Not sure that it's for me as I always end up being disappointed and wish that I had just stayed at home and played some CDs. Still it keeps Dusty's music alive.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:57 pm

ImageThanks for the review Carole: I'm glad you and your friends enjoyed the show. Indications are that this will be this musical's farewell tour but it's good to know that while it's around there's a good chance Dusty's fans will get a kick out of it.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:45 pm

ImageTwo recasts for the 2018 leg of the SOAPM tour have been announced, with Alice Barlow and Michelle Gayle slated to assume respectively the roles of Kat and Alison currently played by respectively Diana Vickers and Debra Stephenson. Alice will make her debut at the musical's premiere 2018 gig at Southend January 16 - 20: however Michelle is not scheduled for the first seven SOAPM gigs for 2018 making her debut at Aylesbury March 6 - 10. Not clear if Debra's staying onboard for those first seven gigs or if there'll be an interim recast (I wouldn't think any of the play's current supporting actresses are in the right age range to cover the part). [;)] And never fear - I'll make sure to provide the details of Ian Reddington's replacement as soon as they're made known!
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Re: Musical

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Happy to confirm that a firm date has been set for Dusty's West End debut - and it won't be via the Katherine Kingsley vehicle scheduled to premiere in Bath next June. I've mentioned in this thread how the constantly touring Faces jukebox musical All or Nothing features Sophia Behn in a cameo as Dusty singing YDHTSYLM: it's just been announced that All or Nothing will play the Arts Theatre near Leicester Square for a February 6 - March 11 2018 engagement. As evidenced by the above pic of Sophia in action, All or Nothing is continuing the tradition of portraying Dusty in bad wigs: in this case there is the probable excuse that as Sophia portrays other characters in the play - including Steve Marriott's wife Jenny and also Cher - her costumes and accessories likely have to be "quick-change friendly". A cast recording of 29 tracks has been announced and likely includes Sophia's YDHTSYLM (and also Angel of the Morning by Dami Olukoya as P P Arnold): however it does not seem to yet be available for preview.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:50 am

ImageWell - altho I assumed the female supporting cast of Son of a Preacher Man were all too young to sub for Debra Stephenson, reportedly "Cappuccino Sister" Michelle Long did just that at Tuesday's opening night in Stoke-on-Trent, so perhaps she'll be covering the role in the 2018 leg of the tour until Michelle Gayle comes on-board in March. BTW - two of the three top-billed stars were MIA in Stoke: besides Debra, Ian Reddington was a no-show with a resultant promotion (at least for the night) for Gary Mitchinson from unspecified ensemble member to the title role!
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:47 pm

ImageHopefully a unique occurrence - despite the show going on with two subs at at least one Stoke-on-Trent performance, last Friday's performance was cancelled "due to illness within the cast". Apparently the Saturday matinee and evening performances were presented as scheduled, and the show is still scheduled to begin its Edinburgh engagement at the King's Theatre on Tuesday.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:30 pm

ImageThe show did indeed open as scheduled in Edinburgh - with "swing" Jess Barker subbing for Diana Vickers. I'm posting the two-out-of-five star Broadway World (UK) review as it does have a somewhat different perspective than the previous reviews - being more negative (eg. "Son of a Preacher Man is exactly the kind of show that gives jukebox musicals a bad name.") However it makes a nice change to see Debra Stephenson - not previously a critical fave - lauded for "[having] the best vocals in the cast". Here's the link for the full review: https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/a ... h-20171018
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Re: Musical

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This post is recommended for completists only!

A review of the second Edinburgh performance indicates that Diana was back onstage - and for the first time she got a critical diss: perhaps she was still under the weather.

The review's opening statement: "Popular history proves that when times are tough, we get nostalgic. With the popularity (and box office kerching) of Jukebox Musicals, the legendary Dusty Springfield’s back catalogue of heart and soul hits was an obvious choice", strikes me as ironic considering the high mortality rate of proposed Dusty-focused projects: all of the screen projects have evaporated while the few stage projects which have made it to the stage - beginning with the Mari Wilson vehicle in 2000 - have kicked up no noticeable dust, a trend the SOAPM musical seems fated to further. I am perhaps unfairly downplaying the local success of the Australian musical but its intended West End transfer fell through. I'm hoping the latest supposedly West End bound project at least gets to the West End - obviously I hope for more than that but...

Any road, the import of the EdinburghGuide.com review of night #2 in Edinburgh - which like the opening night notice affords the show two-out-of-five stars - is pretty much encapsulated in the passage following the opening statement: "this [production] diminishes the iconic music with a laughable plot, clunky direction, phoned in vocals and questionable choreography. Warner Brown’s book might be plausible for a musical on paper, the genre where we are most adept at suspending our disbelief, but the execution is absurdly awkward with many holes in the narrative, terrible transitions and a ludicrous shmaltzy finish. It’s the definition of shoehorning a story around a selection of songs." If anyone's interested in how critic Lindsay Corr expands on her discontent, the full review may be viewed by clicking http://www.edinburghguide.com/reviews/m ... view-18674
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:02 pm

ImageThree further venues - for a total of four - have been announced to host "the other Dusty musical" beginning next June and running through July. Details here : http://www.whatsonstage.com/bath-theatr ... 44927.html
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:28 pm

Here's the link to the website for next year's 'Dusty'. I like the website format, sparkle and colour, I hope it's a good omen. Recommended age 14+ though, it contains strong language! And it's playing the Lowry which is almost on my doorstep.

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Re: Musical

Postby pat.dunham » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:48 pm

Further details on the new Dusty musical.

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/186 ... d-musical/
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Re: Musical

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The link below is to an interview with Katherine Kingsley re the Dusty musical. Essentially it's a puff piece but IMHO there's nothing that should cause Dusty's fans angst. Of course there is mention of input from Vicki Wickham and also that Dusty's darker days in the US are dealt with, but Katherine does indicate that the presentment of the latter will emphasize Dusty's resilience - and hopefully that is indeed the case.
https://thelowryblog.wordpress.com/2017 ... -kingsley/
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Re: Musical

Postby Cardiff Bluesgirl » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:07 pm

Well if VW is that involved and it portrays her " book" there may well be plenty of low points in the personal side of the disastrous American years laid out on that stage. :roll:
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Re: Musical

Postby trek007 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:19 pm

I hope VW has toned down her negative comments it annoys me when she says Dusty hated to sing and that she did it for the money....what utter tosh.
You wouldn't hear anyone saying this about Cilla etc!
I live in hope that the production shows respect and understanding of the life and times of Dusty.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:36 pm

ImageLikely the production's citing Vicki so as to give the musical the cachet of being authorized, and DWD will pretty much be drawn on for Dusty's general life history such as might be gathered from myriad other sources. The musical's promo seems focused on wooing an audience in the mood for laughs, and both its director and star have made their names in light theatre. Maria Friedman's last directorial project: Stepping Out, toured prior to playing a 15 week limited West End engagement: there's at least a reasonable chance the Dusty musical will follow a similar course and could be playing the West End in 2019 - the 80th anniversary of Dusty's birth and the 20th of her passing.

BTW - notice how the logo emphasizes that this is the NEW Dusty Springfield musical? I thought perhaps this was to avoid confusion with Son of a Preacher Man but have since come across this blurb at StageReview.co.uk:
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I know some board members are acquainted with people involved in the Charing Cross production and I do realize the people who worked on that production had their hearts in the right place but wow - that must have been a bigger disaster than I realized for a show running years later to stress a lack of connection! Don't mean to be snide but thought this detail was newsworthy - perhaps the team behind "the NEW musical" are being overly cautious.
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Re: Musical

Postby wally » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:23 pm

So......who is planning to attend the opening night of the WORLD PREMIERE???

I am still in mixed minds ....but as Bath is fairly local ...I will go so why not on the first night?

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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:40 pm

I'll wait for the Manchester/Salford show at the Lowry Wally, hopefully give it a little bedding in time [:)] Jonathan Harvey is (for me) the best Coronation St writer these days and his episodes always feature humour, so fingers crossed it will have it's light hearted moments. Let's hope VW learned her lesson after the book, I don't expect Dusty's personal life not to be featured but I would love for it to not be the main focus. #shouldbeaboutthemusic!
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Re: Musical

Postby wally » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:05 pm

Billy No Mates will attend Bath and report back....fingers and everything else crossed x
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Re: Musical

Postby Cardiff Bluesgirl » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:09 pm

Good luck Wally, let's hope it's a positive take and highlights her musical talents etc. [:)]
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:18 pm

ImageI'm linking to a review of the SOAPM musical's opening night at the New Theatre in Oxford as IMHO critic Sophie Hums does give the show a thorough balanced write-up: interesting that as at the Edinburgh opening Jess Barker covered for Diana Vickers (I actually hope Diana is "bunking off" rather than suffering from a lingering ailment!).
https://www.dailyinfo.co.uk/feature/128 ... eview66050
I'll also link to the Oxford Times review altho its writer Tim Hughes pretty much echoes the sentiments of the critics left cold by the earlier SOAPM engagements. This review does feature what might be considered a spoiler re the show's ending which did suggest to me that - however accidentally - there's a parallel between the SOAPM musical and a chicklit novel I've read: Step Back in Time by Ali McNamara, published in 2013 and available for preview perusal at books.google.com: it doesn't mention Dusty its focus being rather on Beatles songs but like the SOAPM musical does feature a vintage record shop. Anyway - the link for the Oxford Times Review is below: as I've mentioned it takes a dim view of the musical and does feature a possible spoiler.
http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/leisure/th ... arts__39_/
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:26 pm

ImageAs I've said I'll keep posting news about the SOAPM musical and if - as alleged in the headline from the Craig Revel Horwood interview linked to below - it's a hit that's certainly news! Sorry to sound snide - I do just wish the play were a somewhat worthier showcase for Dusty than most reports would indicate. (Perhaps the phrase "Dusty hit musical" refers to its being focused on her songbook.) Anyway - the article (of course) is pretty much a puff piece but does contain sincere sounding praise for Dusty.

http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/whats-on ... ing-689914
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:01 pm

ImageJess Barker went on for Diana Vickers at least once during the Oxford run which ended last night. While the SOAPM musical isn't really the sort of show where a performer might go onstage an unknown and take his or her final bow as a star I am pleased that some cast members are earning potentially career-boosting notices - that's likely a nice surprise for the understudies for the leads especially Jess Barker who wasn't even assigned a specific role and has played what I'd call the female lead at least three times.

As I've mentioned I rather hope that Diana - whose own notices have been good - is occasionally "bunking off" rather that suffering an ailment she can't shake. On November 21 Son of a Preacher Man will open in Belfast for its second-to-last 2017 engagement - I wonder if one or more of the three "name" leads might decide to remain on this side of the Irish Sea and give their understudies the spotlight. Be sure to let us know Henry! Of course whoever's onstage at the Grand let us know how you liked the show (and hopefully you will like it).

I'll provide below the link to the write-up of the Oxford gig which mentions Jess Barker's subbing - and it is the most positive yet grounded review of Son of a Preacher Man that I've seen, even opining that "if they can work on the book and make it a touch less cheesy, the musical should ultimately go to the West End" (altho I'd still advise any one at all interested in seeing the show to catch it on this tour).
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:22 am

ImageWell somehow I miscounted the venues where Jess Barker has subbed for Diana Vickers it only being two rather than three: pretty sad when even I "lose the plot" of my own posts! Anyway the role subbing in the play isn't quite as much of a trend as my last post indicated and on reflection I'd be surprised if the announced cast didn't all make the crossing to play Belfast. I believe that Henry's now the only board member who's going to see the show unless some of my board buds have kept their plans to themselves - if anyone else has or will attend I think I speak for the board in general (for a change) in saying we'd all love to hear your impressions. BTW still no word on who's replacing Ian Reddington in the title role.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:25 pm

ImageI actually have news to pass on - Debra Stephenson may be staying on as Alison into 2018 until Michelle Gayle take over March 3 at Aylesbury: the report actually says Debra may stay on for six weeks which would leave a "gap gig" at Portsmouth before Michelle Gayle took over - presumably Michelle Long would sub but then she may already have played Alison from the first 2018 date, Debra apparently still being undecided. And if it's not a given that the three name stars drop out after the 2017 finale at Wycombe then perhaps Ian Reddington will remain as the title character for the 2018 dates. Anyway here's a link to the interview with Debra - interesting details about her but not really much about the SOAPM musical: download/file.php?id=31672
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Re: Musical

Postby thc@c » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:41 pm

Looking forward (in part, considering some of the reviews!!) to going to this show. My wife and I go to the matinee performance in the Grand Opera House in Belfast on 23rd November some friends. I hope the Belfast audiences will enjoy the show, but I have seen comments that aren't entirely encouraging from previous reviews. I will travel eagerly with an open mind and hopefully the overall impression will be one of "great sounds" from a special time in musical history, no matter what the story portrays! xx
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:35 am

ImageI realize the possibility of the top-billed stars sitting out the Belfast gig was never a real issue but since I did bring it up I will mention that Debra Stephenson spoke to Belfast's News Letter for a promo piece which states that Debra will be making her Belfast stage debut in the SOAPM musical. The News Letter also states that Debra's "run in Son of a Preacher Man comes to an end early next year" so it is evidently now a given that she'll remain with the show for the first six or seven weeks of the 2018 leg of the tour. I'll link to the article below but it really is a puff piece. Debra does state that "if you like the music of Dusty Springfield, you will have a good night" and while she may not be an objective source that opinion has earlier been expressed by critics despite they're overall having misgivings about the show.
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/whats-on/th ... -1-8228231

I have in fact just found corroboration for my last statement in a review of last weeks Oxford gig for the SOAPM musical by Henley Standard critic Daisy Smith who professes an affinity for Dusty's music due to Dusty's "Henley links and the annual Dusty Day" which made her "excited to see this musical based around [Dusty's] livery of songs." Overall Daisy praises the production values - including Craig Revel Horwood's oft-panned choreography - and the performances - affording stand-in Jess Barker another rave altho Debra's serious turn is found wanting - while (like most of the show's critics) having reservations about the script (altho Daisy's expressed reservations seem less serious than those of most critics). She concludes by stating: "Go and see the show if you love Dusty’s music as the songs were performed brilliantly, but I wouldn’t rush to see it again." Here's a link to the full review: http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/co ... round.html
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:06 pm

ImageNo evident online reaction to the Hull engagement which opened last night but I've found a review of last week's Tunbridge Wells gig which Dusty's fans might find encouraging: in a 3-star review The Sussex Newspaper critic Paul Lucas-Scott opines -

"The talented cast of Actor/Singer/Musicians deserve so much more from a script that is, at times, just appalling. The jokes sometimes fall flat, and many scenes feel disjointed and haphazard, often relying on cheap laughs...The show does have a feel good factor to it and, with the twists and turns that are crammed into the last ten minutes, does have a [comparatively] plausible ending, but any success that it has will simply be because it features some of Springfield’s most popular songs...Son Of A Preacher Man makes for a pleasant enough evening out but, unlike Dusty’s music, I am not convinced that it will stand the test of time."

Here's a link to the review in full: http://www.thesussexnewspaper.com/revie ... dge-wells/
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:12 pm

ImageThe Cambridge Independent features an interview with Katherine Kingsley - linked to below - which mentions the upcoming Dusty musical: no new info there but the article does have some interesting background info on Ms Kingsley and does discuss the very worthy National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity. http://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/n ... -1-5273767
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:29 am

ImageWell - less than a month to go for Part 1 of the SOAPM musical tour with two venues left after the current New Wimbledon Theatre gig, an assessment of which by Bev Lung at TheUpComing.co.uk does corroborate the suggestion that Dusty's fans will find the musical worthwhile:

"Son of a Preacher Man sure does love Dusty Springfield. And not just because the characters declare it every second sentence...Not all [her] songs fit logically nor have their desired emotional impact, but nevertheless they are performed well...A surprisingly large number of [Dusty Springfield] songs are covered with endless gusto. This is a double-edged sword as it makes it tricky to credibly match the plot without shoehorning, but at the end of the night it is still a fun celebration of her music."

And while Ms Lung doesn't buck the critical consensus of the script's quality [ie. lacking] she notes "the show... is ...littered with Dusty in-jokes for the devoted fans". The link to the full review is http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2017/11/15 ... re-review/
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:35 am

ImageIs 2018 the Year of the Panda? Yet another Dusty-focused show is set to tour next year: seemingly a tribute concert with biographical commentary, Dusty Springfield & the Shades of the 60s is booked into thirteen venues in March, April & May, playing one-nighters mostly in moderate size civic areas altho its two May dates are in Liverpool and subsequently Basildon just east of London. The Shades have already done a similar show for Cilla Black (which is being reprised next year): critic Paul Vale of TheStage.co.uk found the Basildon engagement of Cilla & the Shades “an upbeat but slight show built around an amiable Cilla Black tribute act” which he deemed worthy of two out of five stars (for the full review click
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:42 am

ImageA review of the week past’s Belfast gig linked to below - nothing new critique-wise but Damien Murray of the Belfast Times does indicate a possible overhaul of the show: “I am led to believe that on-going changes are being made to improve on its weak points”. Of course after this week’s Wycombe gig Son of a Preacher Man is going on hiatus til mid-January and with two new lead performers coming on-board next year - it seems likely Ian Reddington is staying on - there would logically have to be some rehearsal planned for the show’s downtime and so the ‘breaking in” of a revised script would be entirely feasible.
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Re: Musical

Postby thc@c » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:54 pm

Re the above review - I think this was a very fair critique of the show which my wife and I attended with a couple of friends in our beautiful Grand Opera House. The review roughly mirrors my own views. I felt the story and dialogue were not the greatest but the performers were talented, enthusiastic and energetic. Miss Vickers was particularly strong vocally and showed a good balance of comic timing and pathos where needed. I'm sure this show will improve with some tightening up. Obviously, we loved all the music which I thought fitted well and was nicely played in the main by the young musicians on the stage. They got a standing ovation from the Belfast audience! I enjoyed it!
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Re: Musical

Postby trek007 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:58 pm

More or less what we thought of it in Birmingham Henry.

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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:06 am

ImageThank you for your feedback Henry - I believe you're the last board member who's planned to see the show. I do hope the show does get some degree of buffing up before the 2018 dates: not sure if a West End tenure is feasible but with some stronger notices there's at least hope of some future "provincial" engagements. And it's great that besides Diana Vickers other cast members have earned good notices specifically the three understudies who've gone on in the leading roles and also Ellie-Jane Goddard for whom Son of a Preacher Man is only her second acting job and first tour since graduating drama school earlier this year.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:32 pm

ImageThe final day of the 2017 leg of the Son of a Preacher Man tour is upon us - and altho the official site now indicates that Ian Reddington is done as Simon no recast is indicated despite the new female leads for the 2018 leg of the tour having been announced as long ago as October 4. Since Ian's role was oft cited by the critics as underusing him it's possible Craig RH & co have elected to proceed with just the two female leads played by "names" with the role of Simon defaulting to Gary Mitchinson who understudied Ian for the 2017 gigs: Gary covered for Ian at least twice at the Regent in Stoke, and - perhaps significantly - at Wycombe Swan this week Gary played Simon at both the matinee and evening performances on Wednesday and has been announced as again playing the role at both performances on this, the final day.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:20 pm

ImageWell a Christmas gift you probably don't especially want - the name of the actor taking over from Ian Reddington as Simon is Nigel Richards, and he's apparently not being touted as a "name" star with the home page of the musical's site now showing Alice Barlow and Debra Stephenson as the stars - Michelle Gayle will take over from Debra in March.

Richards will be a somewhat younger Simon being 51 or 52 and altho not a "star" in the sense of having appeared to a significant degree on British television he has over the past thirty years amassed an impressive theatrical CV featuring a number of West End appearances: he also appeared in the Tom Waits musical The Black Rider during a 2004 San Francisco run fronted by Marianne Faithfull - whose role Richards covered at matinées! (If interested in the details click here: http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/art ... 722584.php)

A classically trained baritone Richards will with the SOAPM musical be making a rare foray into lighter stage musical fare - perhaps for the first time since co-starring in a student production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Guildhall in 1988.
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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:15 pm

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Hopefully the above link works, they're only just running auditions for dancers for the new musical. I can't help noticing that they need female dancers to be 5'8 or above and male 5'10. I think it might have been simpler to have cast a smaller lady as Dusty! I'm sure Katherine Kingsley is well equipped for the part, it's just that her legs are too long :roll: Still no mention of a West End theatre, just the four tour dates.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:15 am

ImageThe 2018 leg of the SOAPM musical tour kicks off next Tuesday at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend. The musical director Brady Mould has tweeted regarding the score getting an overhaul which is somewhat surprising as the music was one element of the show which consistently found critical favour. Hopefully the script - which consistently didn't - is also getting a touch-up (altho there's nothing to indicate it is).
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:53 pm

ImageThe premiere of the 2018 tour of the SOAPM musical last night at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend has actually generated a good review: I'm hoping this is due to some streamlining being done over the show's downtime. Critic Lauren Oldershaw of the Essex newspaper The Echo reacts so positively to the play that I imagine its leading ladies wouldn't be too fussed over being cited as Debra Stevenson and Alice Marlow. And Ms Oldershaw does present an interesting perspective on Dusty's music. To read the review click here: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/NEWS/1584701 ... _Pavilion/
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:21 am

ImageAnother review of Son of a Preacher Man at Southend: this one's more in-depth and does at least mention Nigel Richards and get the leading ladies' surnames right. Overall also a good review which portends that Alice Barlow like her forerunner Diana Vickers will be a constant critical fave. BTW I suspect a large factor in Alice inheriting Diana's part was a physical resemblance as evinced below - altho Alice obviously has a distinct pair o'peepers!
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However if any rewriting was done it failed to make the anonymous critic for SouthendTheatreScene.com love the script any more than most critics of the show's 2017 engagements. Click here for the review:
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:35 am

ImageA review of this week's engagement of the the SOAPM musical in Plymouth: actually a very good review except for the usual misgivings about the script. Alas - the single comment elicited by the review indicates that the show is still only pleasing some of the people some of the time. As evinced by the review Debra Stephenson - who's booked for five more venues before Michele Gayle takes over - missed at least one Plymouth performance with "Cappuccino Sister" Michele Long covering the Alison role. And it might be an idea for Craig R-H & co to make some more up-to-date promo pix available: that acommpanying the review features Diana Vickers. http://www.thereviewshub.com/son-of-a-p ... -plymouth/
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:40 am

ImageI realize my board buds likely consider two reviews of an engagement of the SOAPM musical - or perhaps of the entire tour - to be more than enough but I've come across another review of the Plymouth engagement which while conforming to the established strong performances/ weak storyline-&-script template is one of the more in-depth reviews, and at least comments on "nu-Simon" Nigel Richards (despite the score reportedly being at least touched up over the hiatus, the Simon character evidently is still underused). And "nu-Kat" Alice Barlow gets props for her singing altho she's not afforded the praise for acting which Diana Vickers constantly drew. Nice to see Ellie-Jane Goddard add to her good notices.

Here's a link to the British Theatre Guide review - written by Karen Bussell - of Son of a Preacher Man at the Theatre Royal Plymouth: http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/rev ... al-p-15464
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:16 pm

ImageThe SOAPM musical opened last night at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham and while I'm not sure exactly what a "real preachers egg" might be I'd suspect it ain't good, judging from the rest of this Nottingham Post review whose anonymous author apparently felt his/her headline: "Contrived, awkward, erratic, disappointing", might be somewhat ambiguous as he/she was moved to pepper his/her review with Tweets from disenchanted audience members. The review does state: "the music saves the show", without elaborating overmuch altho the Cappuccino Sisters and "nu-Simon" Nigel Richards - again said to be underused - get props. To view the review click here - http://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/ ... on-1142661

The Ripley & Heanor News also reviewed last night's Nottingham premiere and without being fawning the critic - also anonymous - gives one of the best reviews the play has elicited: while the plot is labeled "somewhat bizarre and implausible" the script doesn't get its standard lambasting with the play adjudged to coalesce enjoyably in the second half. The cast earns a general thumbs-up and the set is afforded praise. The complete review - whose coda is: "Not the best of shows at the Theatre Royal but in the end not too disappointing. And there’s always Dusty" - may be viewed by clicking here - https://www.ripleyandheanornews.co.uk/w ... -1-8991796

One of the tweets cited in the Nottingham Post review came from a full review by blogger Kev Castle and despite the excerpted tweet: "The story line is as flimsy as a cheap paper tissue, and as easy to see through", Castle's complete assessment of the SOAPM musical is in fact more positive than that in the Post without perhaps waxing as enthusiastic as the R&H News. According to Castle the SOAPM musical is "fluffy and fun [altho] we have to wait until Act II for the...fun to start"..."[uninspired] choreography and the flimsy story apart, this is held together by the cast and the music of Dusty's hits. I'm glad that I've seen the musical, but it's not going to make it into my list of musicals to see again in a hurry." To view Castle's full review clicking here - http://kevcastletheatrereviews.blogspot ... eatre.html
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:40 pm

ImageThe SOAPM musical, at the Festival Theatre in Malvern this week, has drawn a comparatively positive review - linked to below - from Alan Wallcroft writing for the Bromsgrove Advertiser. While unimpressed with plot/script (natch) or choreography Mr Wolcroft is unstinting with praise for the performers and does laud Dusty. Again I wish the production would make performance stills featuring the current cast available: for Diana Vickers pix to still accompany the play’s press pieces seems indicative of a certain carelessness in the promotion of the show that would be best nipped in the bud.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:17 pm

ImageTwo reviews from this week's Southsea engagement - one's a pan, one's a paean: actually the AboutMyArea.com review is the best review of the SOAPM musical I've ever read. And a reminder that this is Debra Stephenson's last week with Michelle Gayle assuming the role of Alison at the Waterside in Aylesbury next week.
The pan: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region ... -1-8396324
The paean: http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Hampshire/ ... -The-Kings
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:17 am

ImageAs I mentioned some time back the Faces jukebox musical All or Nothing - featuring Sophia Behn in a cameo as Dusty (shown above) - three weeks ago graduated from touring circuit staple to West End production, albeit at the West End's smallest venue. Still that the production has consistently sold out the Arts Theatre has occasioned a second West End booking to begin just over two weeks after the March 11 finale at the Arts, with the Ambassadors Theatre - which seats 444 patrons as opposed to the Arts' 350 - hosting All or Nothing for 9½ weeks from March 28, with opening night already sold out.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:23 pm

ImageWell after a critique-free engagement in Aylesbury last week the SOAPM musical has already drawn two reviews after its opening night in Shrewsbury - and both reviews while dissing the script and choreography are extremely complimentary to the cast with both writers commenting on the show being an obvious crowd pleaser. The review by Chris Eldon-Lee at http://www.shropshire-events-guide.co.u ... eacher-man includes the statement: "The great ‘La Dust’ was an understanding woman who didn’t always have it easy. So, I imagine, she would be unforgiving about this new show, which takes her name in vain." I'm pretty sure that should have read "she would be forgiving" as I suspect Dusty would be. The other review is by Owen J Lewis and may be viewed here: http://www.loveshrewsbury.com/owen-lewi ... themselves
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:31 pm

ImageThe SOAPM musical is playing Blackpool this week, so far generating one review which of course disses the plot while saying some nice things about the singing altho not so much the acting, Anna Cryer of The Gazette apparently being moved only by the thesping of Lewis Kidd - virtually unmentioned by previous critics - and nu-Kat portrayer Alice Barlow (cited as Amy Barlow demonstrating how deeply Coronation Street is entrenched in the British public consciousness). The review, which also gives props to the oft-maligned choreography but not to the onstage instrumentalists, may be viewed here: https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/what ... -1-9075354
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:42 pm

ImageI'm linking below to another review of the SOAPM musical in Blackpool - this review while perhaps more negative than is customary is enjoyably written and does say nice things about Dusty. Sandra Mangan of NorthWestEnd.co.uk does if nothing else compliment the singing with especial praise for Alice Barlow - described as being "of Coronation Street fame" despite Alice's signature role being a Hollyoaks troubled teen: altho Alice did appear in a single episode of Corrie I'd bet this is just a knee-jerk association of the surname Barlow with Corrie - but at least Alice isn't again ID'd as Amy Barlow!

Ms Mangan does comment on the "sparse audience" - and this despite the Grand offering a deep discount to 18-to-26 year old ticket buyers (would have thought particularly for this show giving "seasoned" theatre-goers a break would have made more sense...). I'd anticipated the show drawing well in a resort town like Blackpool: then again locals and visitors to Blackpool must be able to avail themselves of a good number of recreational options theatrical or otherwise. Hopefully punters potentially interested in the Katherine Kingsley vehicle don't equate low turnout for the SOAPM musical as disinterest in Dusty herself: I know some fans are in principle opposed to staged depictions of Dusty and the planned bio-musical might be a disappointment even to fans who aren't opposed but the planned musical shouldn't have its chances narrowed because of the shortcomings of the SOAPM musical.

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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:03 am

ImageWell we can finally exhale - promo pix for the SOAPM musical featuring the current cast are available!
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:55 pm

ImageWell it seemed as if the Chester gig of the SOAPM musical might be the first to fail to generate a single review - however a critique has popped up at TheatreMates.com: the headline is "Solid vocals & good performances" and critic Olivia Mitchell does indeed wax with such enthusiasm over the four lead performances (altho without the customary props for the Cappuccino Sisters), while only lightly dissing the plot and choreography and actually favoring the onstage instrument-playing, that I'm surprised the rating is only two stars (I presume out of five).

Surprised also by Ms Mitchell's statement that "[besides] plenty of Dusty Springfield’s hits...there are also plenty of other sixties hits thrown in for good measure, such as Cilla Black’s You’re My World": however I'm confident this indicates not a radical shift in the show's structure but rather Ms Mitchell's not being aware that certain songs strongly associated with other people were also recorded by Dusty: not of course You're My World - I'm sure this is a mis-rememberance of Anyone Who Had a Heart (Ms Mitchell also misID's Michael Howe as Nigel Howe).

To view the write-up, which features three new promo pix, click here: http://www.rewritethisstory.com/2018/03 ... house.html
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:07 am

ImageWell there'll be no hanging on 'til the eleventh hour for a review of the SOAPM musical this week - the show opened today at the Ipswich Regent and the Ipswich Star already has the review up. The headline: Great songs. Great dance. But don’t look too hard for Preacherman’s plot! might as well be the entire review, but critic Paul Geater does indicate that - despite the bleak tidings from Blackpool last week - the show at least on opening night has drawn a good response from a good-sized crowd. And Mr Geater does manage to get everyone's name right. Click here to read the review: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/what-s-on/ ... -1-5462126
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Re: Musical

Postby wally » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:30 am

Saw it for the second time last night and personally do not like the new cast....or rather the replacements! Debra Stephenson in particular was much stronger and a better singer than Michelle Gayle. Unfortunately it felt more like an amateur dramatic production this time. Quite disappointed as when I saw it first last year in Birmingham, I thought it had potential. Still had a good evening and always lovely to hear Dusty songs however interpretated and sung x
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Re: Musical

Postby trek007 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:57 pm

Same as you Wally, I thought it had potential too when I saw it in Birmingham.
Shame some of the new cast are not as strong. Plus the plot has alway been weak!
It is always good to hear Dusty songs though and the cast do deliver from that point of view.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:41 pm

ImageThe SOAPM musical evidently played Torquay without occasioning a single review! Next Tuesday will be the opening night of the show's engagement at the Theatre Royal in Brighton - considering Dusty's strong association with the town, there should be some degree of reaction! BTW after Brighton the show will play Working and then Bournemouth the latter locale inaugurating the production's final two months of touring which will include venues throughout the British Isles.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:00 pm

ImageWow - three reviews of last night's Brighton opening! Nothing we haven't read before - or perhaps it's a case of nothing I haven't read before - but the review in the Argus does begin: "Dusty Springfield fans seem to be lapping up this show if the enthusiastic reaction of the first night audience is anything to go by", and it's nice if the show is at least on occasion proving a crowd pleaser if not a critical favorite. Click to read the review: http://www.theargus.co.uk/leisure/arts_ ... _________/

And the review in the Stage - click here: https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018 ... tre-royal/: actually compliments the script! "Warner Brown’s book has some smart lines" altho the plot is as usual labeled "flimsy": the Argus review specifically disagrees with the suggestion of any scriptual finesse - "The dialogue is often dull and a lot of the one-liners lack any cutting edge" - altho it allows that the show is a "frothy confection".

The third review at Broadway World - click here to view: https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/a ... n-20180418, is perhaps the most in-depth review of the SOAPM musical to-date, its final word being that the show "will attract crowds [already at least occasionally disproven] who love the music of Dusty Springfield. The Springfield numbers are sung and danced very well, but attendees may be left disappointed by the overly contrived plot."
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Re: Musical

Postby Graham2010 » Thu May 03, 2018 4:25 pm

Well I plucked up courage to see SOAPM in Bournemouth last night.

I was apprehensive and whilst the story line was iffy the singers/actors/musicians were great and showed real versatility and talent. Particularly liked musicians playing live on stage and some very different song arrangements.

Although only half full nevertheless a standing ovation at the end.

Pleased I went but I am now hoarse through singing every word to every song!
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu May 03, 2018 10:00 pm

ImageGlad you enjoyed it Graham: a little disappointing the show isn't that much of a draw but I'm sure that's not a reflection on Dusty.

Just a reminder - Bournemouth is the inaugural gig of the final two months of the Son of a Preacher Man tour: the show will play ten gigs throughout the British Isles with the Liverpool Empire hosting the finale gig the first week of July.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu May 31, 2018 12:25 am

ImageI'm linking to one of the most insightful reviews of the SOAPM musical which this week is at Venue Cymru altho the review seems to be of the New Theatre Cardiff engagement two weeks ago. IMHO critic Gemma Trehearne-Foose is on point all the way through, with a summation of the show which - on the basis of the umpteen reviews I've read, including those of my board buds - I'd judge perfect: "It’s such a shame the show didn’t quite hit the mark. It just doesn’t quite match up to the true legacy of Dusty Springfield – and she deserved better." And it was nice to read that Ms T-F's mum remembered seeing Dusty in concert "paying tribute" to Sandie Shaw wearing oversize feet - a story Douggie has shared with us here.
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Re: Musical

Postby donellac » Thu May 31, 2018 10:21 am

Okay, the review is good enough. From my perspective the show was really enjoyable and true the storyline was weak. But, it was what it was!

I have to wonder where the reviewer got this information from:

"Dusty’s real life was marred by a set of tragic and difficult events, from her early childhood in a children’s home run by Catholic nuns, to being in the closet then losing her eyesight at an early age."

Okay Dusty did have some hard times in her life but ...

She attended a Convent shcool run by Catholic nuns. She was NEVER in a children;s home run by nuns. She was always very short sighted but I have never before heard that she lost her eyesight. She chose not to make a public statement about her sexuality but she did a poor job of hiding it. Can that be charaterised as 'being in the closet?'
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Re: Musical

Postby trek007 » Thu May 31, 2018 4:11 pm

Some reviewers need to get at least 1 fact correct.
Disgraceful really
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu May 31, 2018 5:44 pm

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It is a perceptive review which overall does speak well of Dusty but I should have pointed out that erroneous passage, which somehow I skimmed over without taking in the specifics.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:17 am

ImageA well considered (IMHO) critique of this week's Alhambra (Bradford) engagement: Emma Clayton of The Telegraph & Argus is very big on the cast and production values while being underwhelmed by the storyline, with her review wrapping with the encouraging sentiment: "I'd have preferred a musical about Dusty Springfield." http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/n ... _Alhambra/
And a reminder that there's just under three weeks left before the final engagement of the SOAPM musical opens at the Liverpool Empire.
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:10 am

ImageAnother review of the Allhambra Bradford Show: Steve Crabtree of On Yorkshire likes the cast but not the storyline - no surprise of course but he does speak very well of Dusty (eg. "So much can be done with [her] songs, so I really hope they take the show away and rework it" - can't see that happening myself). https://www.on-magazine.co.uk/arts/york ... -bradford/
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:47 pm

ImageWell this may be the last post in this thread as the SOAPM musical began the concluding week of its tour last night at the Liverpool Empire. Daryl Holden has reviewed the play for the Reviews Hub and while the script gets its usual dissing Mr Holden doesn't hold back on the praise for the performers with the "son of a preacher man" Nigel Richards singled out for especial praise - which is nice as Nigel hasn't been mentioned much by previous reviewers.

After the finale this Saturday I imagine the SOAPM musical will join the 2000 Mari Wilson-helmed Dusty musical helmed - also launched from Bromley's Churchill Theatre - in limbo. I realize it's a mistake to attach too much importance to a jukebox musical - and that when a jukebox musical does prove a boon to its subject (as seems to be happening with the new Dusty musical) it's a special bonus but I do wish the SOAPM musical could have been at least a bit of a worthier vehicle for Dusty than seems to be the case. It is nice that the musical's tour did earn good notices for Diana Vickers and to a degree Alice Barlow, and also Ellie-Jane Goddard in what was her first ever tour - also that all three swings were given the opportunity to cover the lead roles to positive critical response.

Any road: here's the link to the (final?) review: https://www.thereviewshub.com/son-of-a- ... ol-empire/
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