Something tells me Kristen Holly Smith is a huge Dusty Springfield fan. It might be the fact that she co-wrote and stars in Off-Broadway musical Forever Dusty, where she spends 90 minutes a night singing hits like “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” or that she’s been working on this show since 2006. Last week, I went to a performance of Forever Dusty and learned much more than I expected about the British pop star. The show is a biography of Springfield’s personal and professional life and has the feel of a concert sprinkled with vignettes that move the story along. In her professional life, we watch her rise to fame as Smith belts out song after song. In her personal life, Springfield falls in love with another woman and struggles to balance her career with her relationship. We see her take a stand against apartheid in South Africa, but we also see her worry about who will feed her cats. Though the show features many upbeat pop tunes, it’s not totally a lighthearted musical. Dusty’s fall from the top of the charts and deteriorating personal life shows both sides of stardom. Smith has obviously done her research in the seven years she’s been working on the show and depicts Springfield down to every minute detail. For tickets or more information, check out foreverdusty.com.