This musical differs to what we’ve come to expect; it’s not “Dusty Springfield – The Musical” but a story written by Warner Brown featuring Springfield’s catalogue of 60s hits.
I do feel anyone going to see Son of a Preacher Man because of Dusty Springfield could be a bit disappointed, but in saying that it was an entertaining and enjoyable evening and the audience seemed to appreciate it.
The undoubted star was Diana Vickers, as Kat from the mobile phone generation, who brought a nice balance of humour and great vocals to the show.
The present meets the past in Son of a Preacher Man, where 3 lonely hearts go in search of an old record store in Soho, which, during the 1960’s, the legendary Preacher Man was famed for giving out his words of wisdom, a cure to everyone’s ills. Our lonely-hearts are also in search of love.
Dusty Springfield fans will love Son of a Preacher Man as the 60s return with Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood on both direction and choreographic duties. Just don’t hold your breath for a thrilling script because a good storyline is something that’s, unfortunately, lacking in this new jukebox musical.
love a good actor-musician production but here, the integration of musicianship and drama just hasn’t been thought-through, even down to instruments getting in the way of scenes – it feels a token gesture. Similarly, the incorporation of the many classic Dusty songs is cursorily done.
‘Son of a Preacher Man’- we all know the Dusty Springfield classic, but in an age of social media communication and online dating it’s easy to forget the sentiment and soul of the swinging sixties.