“Forever Dusty,” the new musical that explores the life of the late singer Dusty Springfield, will close Off-Broadway at New World Stages on April 7.
After announcing the closing, producers said they plan to take the tour to London and Los Angeles, and are also putting together a national tour.
“We had an amazing run here in NYC,” said co-writer Holly Smith in a statement. “I have worked on bringing Dusty to the New York stage for years and I am so grateful that my dream came true. I talked to hundreds of audience members and their passion and love for the show and for Dusty Springfield truly inspired me every night. I can’t wait to do Forever Dusty again in the next city.”
Smith wrote the musical with Jonathan Vankin, and she also performed the title role. Vankin also issued a statement about the show.
“We want to thank all of our fans who made it possible to have such an exciting experience in our five months at New World Stages,” he said. “They are the reason we do this show! But none of it would have been possible without our beautiful, hugely talented cast and crew. Most of all, we give our thanks to the legendary Dusty Springfield. If more people know and love her now than before we started the show, then we have achieved what we set out to do.”
When the musical closes, it will have played 161 regular performances along with eight previews. The production officially opened on November 18 of last year after beginning previews on November 11.
Here’s how the official website for the production describes the story of the musical.
Forever Dusty tells the dramatic, revealing story of how a shy Irish Catholic school girl from West London transformed herself into the voice of blue eyed soul, the face of Swinging London, and a worldwide superstar — the legendary Dusty Springfield.