A heart-warming musical with the classic music of Dusty Springfield, Son of a Preacher Man will have audience members glued to their chairs as they watch the story of the legendary Preacher Man unfold.
The time is the 1960s where kids would go to the local Soho joint and let their problems disappear into the night. Filled with music and dance, some kids simply couldn’t shake the heartbroken feeling that overcame them.
The Preacher Man would sit and talk to these lost souls to try and help them find peace even with a broken heart. The problem is that the Soho joint has long been closed, the Preacher Man died and there is no one left to mend the broken hearts.
The Preacher Man’s son goes through a whirlwind of a journey where he is able to channel the spirit of his father. Riveting, the Preacher Man’s spirit tries to help mend the hearts of three strangers that are drawn to the old Soho joint’s location. Almost as if fate pulled the lost souls to the Preacher Man’s son, the three broken hearts work to find the only man to help them overcome their broken hearts even if that means they need to channel his spirit.
The Soho joint is now a coffee shop, and Simon, the Preacher Man’s son, is helped by the Cappuccino Sisters which help him channel his father. Comedic in nature, the musical features Vickers as the vibrant Kat. Her character is the perfect match for Jon Bonner’s roles as Madge and Jon.
Gary Mitchinson plays the role of Simon, and while he is his father’s son, he doubts that he can help the three lonely hearts find solace.
Soulful songs and dancing will have the audience dancing in their seats. Springfield’s classics will be heard in the venue, too, including “Spooky,” “The Look of Love” and “Son of a Preacher Man.” The cast sings each song with a sense of vibrancy and passion. The crowd is often left on their feet in a standing ovation to applaud the cast members.
Craig Revel Horwood’s direction and choreography shines with the acting and singing chops of Diana Vickers, Ian Reddington and Debra Stephenson.
The set design, singing and dancing provide an immersive experience into the fun of the 1960s. It’s a musical for the entire family and will leave some audience members crying, others laughing and everyone dancing by the end.