Published on February 6th, 2018 | by admin


Melbourne’s summer musical Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, has enjoyed audience and critical acclaim since opening at Arts Centre Melbourne in December. Melbourne is loving this record breaking, Australian made production which is now in its final 4 weeks. David Campbell has thrilled in his portrayal of Bobby Darin with an 18-piece big band live on stage and a full cast of extraordinary performers, this show is truly not to be missed!

Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical must close on March 4 with no further extension possible. Tickets at 

Dodd Darin, son of Bobby commented, “As Dream Lover enters its final month in Melbourne I reflect upon what an incredible journey it’s been. The show is simply brilliant, and it starts of course with David Campbell. David is truly an amazing talent and his devotion to getting my Dad’s story right is something very special to me. To have someone of his calibre truly committed in a heartfelt way to a project is very rare. To the producers, writers, actors, PR and marketing team, the director, the 18-piece big band and their musical director; to everyone involved with Dream Lover thank you for the gift you have given me and to the audiences. Seeing people remember my Dad or young people discover him for the first time is quite a beautiful experience for me. I will be forever grateful.”

“Spectacular. 4.5 Stars. Dream Lover hits all the high notes” Herald Sun

“David Campbell is just perfect as the demanding and expansive lead role…Campbell nails it all with impeccable vocal chops and enough pathos to give Darin a human edge rather than remain a stock theatre character.” Herald Sun

“A fantastic show, a winner, a truly great production” 3AW 

“A brilliant story with brilliant music and a brilliant cast” Noise 11 

“Campbell is in supreme form throughout, managing the epic role with finely calibrated control and seemingly tireless lungpower…he deserves every plaudit for this superb performance, which is a chief attraction of the show.” Simon Parris: Man in Chair

Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical explores the extraordinary story of the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin. Produced by John Frost and John and Barbara Gilbert of Gilbert Theatrical, it is the first musical celebrating the return of the summer musical at Arts Centre Melbourne.

David Campbell stars as Bobby Darin where he won audience and critical acclaim during the Sydney season and now again in Melbourne. An exciting addition to the cast for the Melbourne season is Australian musical theatre royalty Marina Prior who plays the dual roles of former showgirl Polly, Bobby Darin’s mother (who is revealed to be his grandmother), and the ambitious, cut throat Mary Douvan, Sandra Dee’s mother. Returning to the role of Sandra Dee is Hannah Fredericksen, Martin Crewes plays Steve Blauner, Darin’s oldest friend, biggest fan and longtime manager. In the role of Nina, Darin’s sister (later revealed to be his actual mother), is Marney McQueen and Rodney Dobson plays Charlie, the partner of Nina, a warm father figure to Darin.

The incredible supporting cast includes Danielle Barnes, Ian Bliss, Ella Burns, Jan Di Pietro, Stefanie Jones, Andrew Kroenert, Jess Lindon, Natasha Paramor, Thern Reynolds, Josh Robson, Suzanne Steele, Ellen Sutton, Riley Sutton, Jack Van Staveren, Drew Weston, Deone Zanotto.

Also introducing the four talented boys who share the dual role of Young Bobby Darin/Dodd Darin, Amon Prete, Hudson Sharp, Oscar Mulcahy and Lachlan Young.

An extraordinary story that goes far beyond the song, Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical reveals the amazing life of this legendary American singer, songwriter and actor. An intimate and epic story of an all-round entertainer adored by his fans, Bobby Darin, together with his movie star wife Sandra Dee, provided the iconic soundtrack to a generation. The musical captures the glamour and passion of the big band era, the Rat Pack in Vegas and the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time of trail-blazing stars, knock-out fashions and life-changing events and includes, the show includes 34 great hits from the 50s and 60s including Mack The Knife, Beyond the Sea, Splish Splash and the multi-million-seller Dream Lover.  Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical is a big show with a big score and a big heart.

Don’t miss Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, a true story stranger than fiction and far beyond the song.


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