In a recent announcement made by director Simon Phillips (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical), producer John Frost and NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres, it was confirmed that David Campbell and Hannah Fredericksen will be taking on lead roles in the world première production of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical.
David Campbell will be taking on the lead role of Bobby Darin. Campbell has starred on stage as ‘the wild one’, Johnny O’Keefe, in the musical Shout!, as Marius in the 10th Anniversary production of Les Miserables, and in Carousel, Sunset Boulevard and Company amongst others. He is curently a host of the national Today Extra show on the Nine Network, and presents his own weekend radio show on Smooth FM.
On the other hand, Hannah Fredericksen will be taking on the role of Darin’s wife Sandra Dee. This actor most recently starred as Olivia Newton-John in the TV mini-series Molly, and performed on-stage in shows including Ned: A New Australian Musical and City of Angels.
Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical has been written by Frank Howson and John-Michael Howson, and features 34 hits from the 50s and 70s including Mack The Knife, Beyond the Sea, Splish Splash and the multi-million-seller Dream Lover. It seeks to tell an extraordinary story that goes far beyond the song, revealing the life of the American singer, songwriter and actor. Director Simon Phillips has assembled an Australian creative team for this show, which includes Brian Thomson as set designer, Guy Simpson as musical supervisor, Andrew Hallsworth as choreographer, Tom Chappel as costume designer, Michael Waters as sound designer and finally Daniel Edmonds as musical director.
While no other legs of this show have been confirmed, Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical will begin at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from a limited season starting 30 September 2016. Tickets will go on sale from tomorrow.
Minister Stuary Ayres | NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events
Sydney is the home of first-run musicals in Australia and we are incredibly proud to have secured not only an Australian-first, but the world premiere of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical. This exciting production will bring Bobby Darin’s extensive songbook to life for a new generation of audiences and we expect almost 30,000 overnight visitors will travel to Sydney to see this production, delivering over $7 million in visitor expenditure for NSW.
Frank Howson and John-Michael Howson | Writers of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical
It has taken nine years of painstaking research and development both here and in the US to get to the heart of this inspiring story of Bobby Darin, who risked it all, every day of his life, to achieve his dream of being one of the greatest entertainers the world has seen,” they said. “He also found the love of his life in Hollywood movie star Sandra Dee. Their marriage is one of the great love stories and the stuff of dreams. As the writers and originators of this show we are honoured that our work will be brought to life by three men who are internationally acclaimed in their respective fields – producer John Frost, director Simon Phillips and David Campbell as the star.
John Frost | Producer & Barbara Gilbert | Gilbert Theatrical Pty Ltd
We are extremely excited about Dream Lover. It is a fascinating story about the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, and features an incredible selection of hit songs from the 1960s, including Mack the Knife, Splish Splash, Beyond the Sea and of course, Dream Lover. Who better to fill the shoes of Bobby Darin than David Campbell, a sensational performer who is genuinely a big fan of Darin and has previously recorded some of his songs. With Simon Phillips at the helm and an incredible cast and creative team, this brand new musical is set to provide audiences with an unforgettable experience.
Simon Phillips | Director of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical
I’m delighted to be reunited with the Priscilla design team, along with choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, to work on a very different kind of show. We’re all going to be taking a back seat to the work of Guy Simpson, Daniel Edmonds and the stunning big band – this is Bobby Darin after all, one of the greatest musical entertainers of the 20th century!,” he said. “Who better than David Campbell to bring this charismatic showman to life? And what a life! That’s the real eye-opener. It epitomizes the phrase ‘truth is stranger than fiction’. It’s going to be a double whammy – some of the best songs of the era and a story to leave you gasping.