Sunday, 26 February 2017

Coronation Street writer pens new Dusty Springfield musical

Jonathan Harvey, one of my favourite Coronation Street current writers, has a new project on the go. He's writing DUSTY, the first authorised new musical charting the life of Dusty Springfield.

Jonathan Harvey has interviewed key people from Dusty's life including Pat Rhodes, Dusty's lifelong personal assistant, and friend and record company executive Tris Penna.

From @JoJeHarvey on twitter

Jonathan wrote his first play in 1987, and has since written over 15 more, including Babies, Boom Bang-A-Bang and Beautiful Thing, which was later made into an acclaimed film. He has been the recipient of the Evening Standard, George Devine and John Whiting Awards, and his work has been both Bafta- and Olivier-nominated.

Jonathan's extensive television writing includes Coronation Street, on which he has worked since 2004, Beautiful People and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme. He has also written for shows as diverse as Rev, Shameless, At Home With The Braithwaites, The Catherine Tate Show andTracey Ullman's Show. He has also published five novels and been hailed as 'the new theatrical voice of his generation'.

DUSTY is set to premiere in the UK in 2018. Details of dates, venue and casting are still to be announced, reports Broadway World.

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