Love was in the air last week at New World Stages as a packed house celebrated Valentine’s Day with “Forever Dusty”‘s 100th performance sing-along show. While some in the audience sat with blond bubble wigs in their laps—soon to be squiggled on their heads—all awaited the appearance of Kirsten Holly Smith as the iconic Dusty Springfield. And “Yes She Was” the incarnation of the iconic, sultry “Great White Lady of Pop and Soul and Queen of the Mods” in all her wounded and wonderful glory.
At once fragile, Kirsten Holly Smith rocked the rafters with her vocals: sparkling in sequined/beaded maxi dress and blond wig—bedazzling against the black-and-white backdrop images of the the legend’s turbulent life and times. Christina Sajous as Claire (a composite of Dusty’s loves), shimmied and shook and mesmerized with a voice to capture any heart.
The audience sang out all-along, while white lyrics scrolled down over a brick facade—to 20 songs in 90 minutes. By the second encore, we shook our booties, bobbed our bouffants, and belted out “Son of a Preacher Man” (heart & soul) with the best of them off-Broadway.
So, dip a brush into some black liner, break your (inner blond) wig out of the box, and GO see the show. Oh yes we DO ‘have to say we love you’ Dusty—FOREVER!