Brought to you by Nuffnang and Dream Lover the Bobby Darin Musical
I love the 1950s and 1960s – the style, the fashion, the music! I adore musical theatre – the set, costumes, song and dance numbers, being lost in the story!
Imagine my delight when I discovered an amazing brand new Australian musical about a legendary singer, songwriter and actor of the era.
It’s called DREAM LOVER and tells the life story of Bobby Darin. You might not think you know who that is but if you’ve ever sung Splish Splash to your baby in the bath, or sung along to Beyond the Sea at the end of Finding Nemo, you’re on the money baby! Other famous hits are Mack the Knife, Queen of the Hop, If I Were a Carpenter and, of course, Dream Lover.
Raised by his grandparents, whom he believed to be his parents and thinking of his mother as his sister, Bobby was plagued by illness in his childhood. When he was about 6 years old, he overheard a doctor’s prognosis that the heart damage caused by rheumatoid fever meant that he wouldn’t live past 16. This inspired him to live his life to the full and chase his dreams!
In 1958, he hit the big time with Splish Splash and his career as a teen idol took off. He won Best New Artist Grammy, and scored his first number one hit with Mack the Knife in 1959.
In 1960, he married Sandra Dee. Yep, the Gidget actress referenced in Grease. She was only 18 at the time, and they starred in movies together.
He well and truly outlived that grim prophecy, but sadly only by another 20 years or so. He left behind an amazing legacy.
This legacy has been the inspiration behind Dream Lover, the extraordinary story of Bobby Darin. So much more than a rags to riches story, this musical production reveals the determination, yearning and heaven-sent talents of the Grammy Award-winning boy from the Bronx.
Throw in the glam of the Rat Pack and the Golden Age of Hollywood, and you can see why this is a life story just made for the stage.
Dream Lover the Bobby Darin Musical
Bobby Darin is played by David Campbell. I have to confess to having a bit of a crush on him. He has a bit of a vintage vibe about him and works a raised eyebrow to great effect. Plus that voice! I can’t imagine anyone more suited to the role.
Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) is the acclaimed director staging this Sydney only production.
Hannah Fredericksen plays the role of Sandra Dee, the squeaky clean child star with the tragic back story.
There are over 40 onstage cast members plus an 18 piece big band. Squeee – I can’t wait to see this production!
The show is set to open in September at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney. Such a lovely theatre with another of my Sydney favourites, Gelato Messina, conveniently located nearby for a theatre treat!
Dream Lover Giveaway
Guess what? I’ve got a double pass to give away to one very lucky reader so you can join in my excitement.
To enter, simply answer the following question in 25 words or less. Please make sure you leave me your email address or social media handle so I can contact the winner.
“50s? 60s? 70s? 80s? 90s? Which retro era is your favourite and why?”
This giveaway is open to Australian residents only, from Monday 11 April 2016 to Monday 2 May 2016. The winner must arrange their own transport to and from the Lyric Theatre in Sydney to see the show. See full terms and conditions Dream Lover.
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