Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical

Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical is a jukebox musical based on an original concept and stage play by Frank Howson and John-Michael Howson, adapted for the stage by Frank Howson with Simon Phillips and Carolyn Burns. The musical reveals the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin.[1][2][3]

Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical
Dream Lover the Bobby Darin musical feat. David Campbell.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Australian Cast featuring David Campbell
Released23 September 2016
GenreRock and roll, stage and screen
LabelEpic Records
David Campbell albums chronology
The Essential David Campbell
Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical
Baby It's Christmas

The original production played at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from September to November 2016. It featured David Campbell as Bobby Darin, Caroline O'Connor as Polly / Mary Douvan, Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee, Bert LaBonte as Charlie, Martin Crewes as Steve Blauner, Marney McQueen as Nina, and Phoebe Panaretos as Connie Francis. A Melbourne season, with Marina Prior replacing O'Connor, ran from December 2017 to March 2018 at the State Theatre.[4]

Dream Lover was nominated for six 2018 Helpmann Awards including Best Musical. Campbell received the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical.

Cast recordingEdit

The Australian cast recording featuring David Campbell was released in September 2016 and peaked at number 9 on the ARIA Chart. It was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Recording in 2017.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Dream Lover" – 2:20
  2. "Mack the Knife" – 3:19
  3. "Splish Splash" – 2:34
  4. "That's the Way Love Is" – 2:52
  5. "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" – 1:47
  6. "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" – 1:49
  7. "I've Got the World on a String" – 2:14
  8. "Call Me Irresponsible" – 2:37
  9. "Dream Lover" (duet version) – 3:08
  10. "Multiplication" – 1:43
  11. "The Best Is Yet to Come" – 2:22
  12. "Things" – 2:05
  13. "More" – 3:17
  14. "Beyond the Sea" – 3:00
  15. "If I Were a Carpenter" – 2:43
  16. "The Curtain Falls" – 4:19


Chart (2016) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 9

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 23 September 2016 CD,[6] digital download[7] Sony Music Australia 88985369342


  1. ^ "David Campbell in Dream Lover". Dream Lover. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Dream Lover - the Bobby Darin Musical review (Lyric Theatre, Sydney) | Daily Review: Film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more". dailyreview.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  3. ^ "Review / Surfeit of delights in 'Dream Lover' - Canberra CityNews". Canberra CityNews. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  4. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (2018-01-01). "Dream Lover, review". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  5. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Musical / David Campbell – Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical - Ocr (Australian Cast Recording feat. David Campbell)". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Dream Lover The Bobby Darrin Musical". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 21 October 2016.