Australian cast recording
Rating: 4 / 5
Dream Lover is the new musical based on the life of 1950s pop icon Bobby Darin.
Having finished a season in Sydney, the show is playing in Melbourne until March and the Australian cast recording has been released, starring David Campbell as Bobby Darin. While obviously a star vehicle for music theatre/radio star Campbell (son of Australian rock royalty Jimmy Barnes), the album also features fine contributions from Caroline O’Connor as Darin’s grandmother, Polly, and Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee.
Campbell’s stage charisma shines through this recording, and his voice is a dream to listen to. Backed by an impressive big band, the album features Bobby Darin standards, including ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Splish Splash’, ‘Multiplication’, and obviously the star track, ‘Dream Lover’.
The whole album is easy on the ear and would make a great souvenir of this new musical.