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Update 9/22/2016: DARIN MUSICAL HITS THE STAGE . . .
The much anticipated World Premiere of DREAM LOVER - THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL
hits the stage tonight for its first preview performance, ahead of the official opening night on 6 October. This
exciting all-Australian production will play exclusively in Sydney at the Sydney Lyric Theatre for ten weeks
An extraordinary story that goes far beyond the song, DREAM LOVER - THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL reveals t
he 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.
David Campbell stars as the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin, opposite
Caroline O’Connor in the dual roles of Darin’s mother Polly and Sandra Dee’s mother Mary, Hannah Fredericksen
as Sandra Dee, Bert LaBonte as Charlie, Martin Crewes as Darin’s longtime manager Steve Blauner, and Marney
McQueen as Nina, Darin’s sister.
In ensemble and swing roles are Danielle Barnes, Justin Stewart Cotta, Xander Ellis, Matt Hamilton, Andrew
Kroenert, Jessica Lindon, Tim Maddren, Phoebe Panaretos, Natasha Paramor, Joshua Robson, Michelle Smitheram,
Suzanne StDeele, Ellen Sutton, Riley Sutton, Jack Van Staveren and Jayde Westaby, while Kyle Banfield, Nicholas
Cradock and Brendan Godwin will alternate in the role of the young Bobby Darin.
John Frost, on behalf of his co-producers John and Barbara Gilbert of Gilbert Theatrical Pty Ltd, said,
“After five weeks of intensive rehearsals, our stellar cast and crew are so looking forward to their first
audience tonight. It has been a thrilling experience watching Simon Phillips and his A-list creative team
work with these wonderful performers to bring DREAM LOVER to life. Bobby Darin packed an extraordinary life
into his 37 years, and wrote an incredible array of music. I think audiences will have an unforgettable
experience at DREAM LOVER, witnessing the birth of Australia’s exciting new musical.”
DREAM LOVER - THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major
events agency Destination NSW. NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “This exciting
new Australian production will bring Bobby Darin’s extensive songbook to life for a new generation of audiences.
We expect almost 30,000 overnight visitors will travel to Sydney to see DREAM LOVER, delivering over $7 million
in visitor expenditure for NSW. I encourage everyone to book their tickets to see this world premiere musical
during its exclusive Sydney season.”
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. It includes great hits
from the 50s and 60s including "Mack the Knife," "Beyond the Sea," "Splish Splash" and the multi-million-seller
Venue Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
Season from 22 September 2016
Performance Times Wednesday & Thursday 7.30pm, Friday & Saturday 8pm, Matinees Tuesday & Wednesday 1pm, Sat 2pm,Sun 3pm
PRICES: From $71.11*
BOOKINGS: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795
Thanks to Jimmy Scalia and DREAM LOVER - THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL
for this information.
Update 7/20/2016: DREAM LOVER CAST ALBUM . . .
Sony Music to Produce Cast Album for
DREAM LOVER - THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL.
Thanks to Jimmy Scalia for this information.
Update 7/01/2016: DREAM LOVER NEWS . . .
Casting is progressing and later this week other lead cast will be announced to
play Bobby's family and his manager Steve Blauner.
Discount previews went on sale this week for performances from September 22, 2016.
Update 6/23/2016: NEW mp3 OF DARIN SONGS . . .
On May 6, 2016 Capitol Records issued Rare Capitol
Masters - Deluxe Edition. It is a new MP3 compilation of some of Bobby's favorite songs.
The MP3 album is available to purchase and download on Amazon, or you can download each individual song.
Be the first to give Bobby a tanfastic review.
NOTE: These songs are MP3s, it is not a CD.
Thanks to Matt Van Riper for this information.
Update 6/16/2016: REMEMBERING STEVE BLAUNER . . .
Today we remember Steve Blauner, a successful man in many facets of the entertainment industry.
Above all his accomplishments, his cherished achievement was managing and being a key player in
the career of Bobby Darin. It started in the beginning with the early ATCO recordings in 1957 until Darin's death
in 1973. Steve would refer to this as "The Comet Ride." Steve went on to oversee anything Bobby Darin until his own
Darin and Blauner were two if a kind, filled with a tenacious zest, character, love, respect and the ability to
be profoundly accurate.
Thank you, Jimmy Scalia for sharing this.
Update 5/14/2016: BOBBY AT 80 . . .
It's hard to believe 80 years ago today Bobby was born.
From humble beginnings, he emerged into the preeminent entertainer of his day.
In his too short of time he left us an incredible legacy.
Celebrate, with us, the life of this amazing man and his talent!
Update 5/6/2016: NEW BOBBY DARIN CD . . .
Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records presents a 2-CD set: Another Song on My Mind: The Motown Years. The 2-CD set includes
the original Bobby Darin album (1972), the posthumously-released Darin 1936-1973 album (1974) and all of his Motown singles.
This definitive anthology of the Motown years is out just in time for fans to celebrate Bobby's 80th birthday!
Click here to order.
Update 4/3/2016: BOBBY DARIN THE MUSICAL . . .
David Campbell will play the lead in the Australian musical Dream Lover — The Bobby Darin Musical at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in September.
Click here for more information.
Update 3/28/2016: BOBBY DARIN REMEMBERED . . .
The BBC Radio (UK) will be doing a 2 hour special on Bobby Darin tonight.
The program is called "Leo Green Remembers Bobby Darin"
Click here for more information.
Update 3/25/2016: BOBBY DARIN - THE LEGACY CONTINUES . . .
Bobby's "Mack the Knife" is among the recordings recently selected for induction into the Library of
Congress National Recording Registry!
These are recordings that have been recognized for their cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to
American society and the nation's aural legacy. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the world's largest library.
The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access
to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions.
Bobby's legacy continues to grow. It is truly an honor for Bobby's contribution to be recognized like this.
Many thanks to the Library of Congress for the information.
Click here for more information. Thanks, also, to Cary O'Dell for sharing this informtion.
Update 1/1/2016: HAPPY NEW YEAR! . . .
"We're kicking the year off right with a very special Bobby Darin Weekend!" Says Kent Kotal
Their 2003 series, The Bobby Darin Story, will now be permanently posted in its entirety
beginning January 1st here.
Also, be sure to check out some of the rave reviews here.
Plus you'll also find Bobby's Greatest Hits on Saturday, January 2nd. and some related favorites posted on January 3rd.
"Come join us as we celebrate the life and music of Bobby Darin!!!"
Thank you Kent!
You will also find The Bobby Darin Story on our Articles page.
Be sure to check out Bobby's current TV schedule
at TV- Guide!
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