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‘Dusty’ moves on for Sydney run

Biotuner makes money in Melbourne

SYDNEY — “Dusty: The Original Pop Diva” opens in Sydney on Thursday after a 10-week run in Melbourne that “exceeded its break-even figure,” according to producer Dennis Smith.

Dusty Springfield biotuner, penned by John-Michael Howson and David Mitchell & Melvyn Morrow and directed by Opera Australia’s Stuart Maunder, played to 70% houses at Melbourne’s 2,000-seat State Theater.

Smith said the A$6 million ($4.3 million) musical was “on track to recoup investors money and the weekly running costs by the end of the Sydney season.”

Tix to the large-scale production — 15 semi-trailers transported the set from Melbourne to Sydney — have been selling steadily since they went on sale Oct. 18.

Smith is expecting the Sydney season to be stronger than Melbourne.

“A lot of people said this is a show that will do better in Sydney,” he said. “Don’t ask me why but I hope they’re right.”

Melbourne has been a better stop for tuners lately. Melbourne seasons of “The Producers,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Menopause the Musical” and “Dirty Dancing” all out-performed Sydney.

“Dusty,” toplined by Tamsin Carroll, will travel to Adelaide and Brisbane after the Perth season, which begins June 15.

The investors and creative team believe it has the potential for a West End season, but no deals have been inked.