Producer John Frost today announced the casting for four principal roles in the World Premiere production of Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, which plays at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 22 September for a strictly limited season. Caroline O’Connor, Bert LaBonte, Martin Crewes and Marney McQueen will join David Campbell as Bobby Darin and Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee in the extraordinary tale of the Grammy award-winning singer and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin.
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. A favourite of MTC and STC audiences, LaBonte has performed in such musicals as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pippin, Next to Normal, Chess, The Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat, Guys and Dolls and An Officer and a Gentleman, for which he won a Helpmann Award.
Martin Crewes will play Steve Blauner, Darin’s oldest friend, biggest fan and longtime manager. Crewes has performed leading roles in Australia, America, the UK and Asia, enjoying a successful career in film, theatre and television. His musical credits include GFO’s Doctor Zhivago and South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Chess, Hair, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love and most recently Hayes Theatre Co’s award winning production of Sweet Charity.
Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical was secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
Don’t miss Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical, a true story stranger than fiction and far beyond the song,