More Cast Announced for Dream Lover
The Bobby Darin Musical
Four more principal roles in the World Premiere production of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical have been announced: Caroline O’Connor, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes & Marney McQueen will join David Campbell (as Bobby Darin) and Hannah Fredericksen (as Sandra Dee). The tale of the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin, will play at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 22 September.
Caroline O’Connor returns to the Australian musical stage following her Helpmann Award-winning performance as Reno Sweeney in the Opera Australia/John Frost production of Anything Goes. Caroline has most recently created the role of Lily Malevsky-Malevitch in the world premiere, Broadway-bound musical Anastasia. O’Connor will play the dual roles of former showgirl Polly, Bobby Darin’s mother (who is revealed to be his grandmother), and the ambitious, cut throat Mary Douvan, Sandra Dee’s mother.
In the role of Nina, Darin’s sister (later revealed to be his actual mother), will be Marney McQueen. McQueen played Marion in the original cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical, the evil Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray the Musical and the evil Queen Zeena in Cat Stevens’ Moonshadow.
Fresh from his starring role in Sydney Theatre Company’s hit play All My Sons, Bert LaBonte will play Charlie, the partner of Nina, a warm father figure to Darin. And Martin Crewes will play Steve Blauner, Darin’s oldest friend, biggest fan and longtime manager.
An extraordinary story that goes far beyond the song, Dream Lover reveals the amazing life of the 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.
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.
Directed by Simon Phillips and written by Frank Howson and John-Michael Howson, the show includes 34 great hits from the 50s and 60s including Mack The Knife, Beyond the Sea, Splish Splash and the multi-million-seller Dream Lover.