Bobby Darin - The Musical

At the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia a dream came true.

Magic happened on the night of October 6, 2016 with the opening of Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical. It is based on the original concept and stage play of John Howson and Frank Howson, adapted for the stage by Simon Phillips and Carolyn Burns. David Campbell was perfect casting for the role of Bobby Darin.

Hard work by all made this a tremendous success with audiences and critics. Congratulations to the cast and crew on the very successful run that closed November 27, 2016. And we hope to see it performed all over the world. Bobby Darin is still in the hearts of so many. His music will always be current.

Bobby has truly left his mark; his story is compelling and his legacy is timeless. With fans spanning generations, it's no wonder Bobby's popularity grows and heartfelt thanks and appreciation continue to this day! Although his time with us was brief, we are so fortunate that he shared his talents with us, certainly a gift for everyone.

Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical


Excerpts from Various Reviews

October 13th, 2016 by: Ashleigh Lopez

When Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical made its world premiere on opening night at the Sydney Lyric, it was met with thunderous applause. Designed to make you tap your toes and hum along, this jukebox musical glitters with the best of them.

Music Theatre

October 7, 2016 by: Simon Parris

Dream direction, dream music and dream casting align to make world premiere Australian musical Dream Lover a theatrical dream come true.


October 7, 2016 by: Ben Neutze

Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical is a rare thing: an entirely homegrown biographical musical that, at last night’s world premiere, really worked.

The creative team has struck dramatic gold with Bobby Darin as their subject. The American singer/songwriter/movie star was diagnosed with a serious heart condition as a young boy. Doctors advised him he wouldn’t live long, so he threw himself into his work and life with extraordinary energy throughout the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s, knowing it could all end at any point.


November 2, 2016 by: Ben Neutze

Oscar winner Tim Chappel on designing dreams. Thanks to Susan Schooley for the link.

A Devoted Darin Fan

October 8, 2016 by: Melissa Comber (from Melbourne, Aust)

"Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! It was bloody fantastic, or should I say Tanfastic!! We were four rows from the front. From start to finish, my toes were tapping, my fingers were snapping and I was singing along. David Campbell is magnificent as Bobby and Hannah Fredericksen who plays Sandra Dee was brilliant. If it goes over seas to where you all are, please do yourself a favour and see it (Not that you'd need any encouraging from me) but as an Aussie who heard about it from its first concept, I was very skeptical ... but they've done my country proud and I'm so happy that people are talking about the magnificent Bobby Darin again!!"

"That's how close we were."

What did Dodd Darin think about it?




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