Dream Lover Cast Announced
Audiences used to flock to Melbourne’s State Theatre every December for their annual summer musical and Arts Centre Melbourne, in partnership with John Frost, are reviving that old tradition with a Melbourne season of new show Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical. Playing from December 29th for a strictly limited season, John Frost has today announced the cast who will be joining David Campbell as Bobby Darin after an acclaimed world premiere run at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.
Returning to the role of Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin’s first wife, will be Hannah Fredericksen straight off the back of appearing as Olivia Newton-John in the TV mini-series Molly and the Green Room-nominated production of City of Angels. The other returning principles from the Sydney season will be Marney McQueen (Hairspray, Moonshadow, Priscilla) in the role of Bobby’s sister – who is revealed much later in life to have actually been his mother – and Martin Crewes (Sweet Charity, Doctor Zhivago, South Pacific) as Steve Blautner, Darin’s oldest friend, biggest fan and longtime manager.
New to the production is Marina Prior who has just finished a season leading The Production Company’s Hello, Dolly!, who will be reprising a role originated by Caroline O’Connor in the Sydney production while she is currently performing in a star turn as part of the new Broadway production of Anastasia. Australian theatre royalty, Marina Prior, will be playing the dual role of former showgirl and Bobby’s mother – later revealed to be his grandmother – as well as the ambitious, cut throat Mary Douvan, Sandra Dee’s mother.
The cast will also be joined by Rodney Dobson (Singin’ in the Rain, Les Misérables) who will play Charlie, Nina’s partner and a father figure in Bobby’s life, after he has finished his current run in the sell-out Australian tour of My Fair Lady.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing Dream Lover to Melbourne as the first in the new annual summer musical presentation at the Arts Centre. Audiences in Sydney were awe-struck by the incredible performance of David Campbell as Bobby Darin and we are delighted Hannah Fredericksen will return as the stunning Sandra Dee. We are also very excited to welcome the one and only Marina Prior to the cast along withRodney Dobson who join other returning principal cast Marney McQueen and Martin Crewes. We cannot wait for Melbourne audiences to be blown away by this magnificent cast and to experience this awe-inspiring production.” commented John Frost, on behalf of his co-producers John and Barbara Gilbert.
This intimate and epic story of an all-round entertainer adored by his fans who provided the soundtrack for a generation has been captured in this new glamourous musical. Featuring the hit songs of the 50s and 60s including Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, Splish Splash and the iconic Dream Lover, this new Australian musical will be running for a strictly limited season at Arts Centre Melbourne this summer. Ticket go on sale to the general public on Friday 23rd June. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.dreamlover.com.au