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A great new musical stage show celebrating the life and music of the legendary Dusty Springfield and the popstars of the Sixties is stopping off at the Key Theatre next month.

DUSTY AND THE SHADES OF THE 60s celebrates the life and music of the great Dusty Springfield. Starring singer and actress Emily Clark with the singing trio The Shades it’s a night dedicated to the invention of pop music, the songs and the stars of the 60s.

The show’s UK tour heads to Peterborough on Wednesday March 7 and follows the success of the Cilla and the Shades show last year.


Dusty Springfield’s songs appeal to all generations from You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me through to Son of a Preacher Man which famously featured in Pulp Fiction, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself and You Don’t Own Me which has also been turned into a recent chart hit by Grace – her songs continue to reach all ages.

The cast will perform a roster of Dusty hits written by Burt Bacharach, Carole King and others from her era including Say A Little Prayer, Downtown, Natural Woman and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough which was a huge hit for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967.

Says Emily Clark:  “Ever since I could speak I’ve wanted to sing professionally and, being a huge fan of the music of the 60s, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to pay homage to one of the greatest singers of that time as well as the writers of some legendary songs.  Dusty was an amazing woman, personally and professionally and I hope the Shades and I will be doing her proud!”

Dusty was a powerhouse singer and a style beacon; her blonde beehive up-do and black eyeliner inspired millions of teenage girls, while her soulful voice and clever choice of material gained her legions of followers here and in the US.

Dusty Springfield, her brother Tom and their friend Tim Field performed as The Springfields in the late 1950s when Dusty was still in her teens. The trio quickly became Britain’s top pop act so when Dusty decided to leave the group to go solo, she already had a following.  From 1964 to the late 1970s Dusty enjoyed chart toppers in the UK and US and won numerous Top Female Vocalist awards.  In the 1980s she had another run of success via her work with the Pet Shop Boys with the smash hit single What Have I Done To Deserve This? and Nothing Has Been Proved for the film ‘Scandal’.  Dusty’s final live performance was on Michael Ball’s Christmas show in 1995.

Tickets for the show at the Key Thetare in Peterborough are £18.50 from 01733 207239.


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