One of Australia's most popular entertainers, David Campbell is multi-platinum selling recording artist, has featured on TV, starred in theatre and cabaret, recorded four top ten albums, and sold out concert tours from coast to coast.
Born and raised in Adelaide, David was drawn to the performing arts - initially as an actor. He was performing at the STC and Sydney Opera House by the age of 22, and in 1997 starred in a major revival of Les Miserables in Sydney. Shortly thereafter he moved to New York, where his downtown cabaret show attracted major crowds. Due to what Time Out New York described as 'the biggest buzz since Barbra Streisand', David moved his show to the iconic cabaret room Rainbow & Stars, becoming the youngest performer ever to headline the venue.
With this success as a launch-pad, David was soon in demand from Broadway's most prestigious writers and directors. Stephen Sondheim cast him in the New York premiere of Saturday Night, and he played leading roles in shows like Babes In Arms and South Pacific.
In 2001, at the height of his New York success, David was tempted back to Australia by the role of a lifetime as 'the wild one' - Johnny O'Keefe - in the musical phenomenon Shout! He toured Australia in the show for over a year, becoming a household name as a result. David went on to star in Australian productions of classic musicals including Carousel and Company, new works at the MTC and STC, and Pirates of Penzance for Opera Australia, picking up a Helpmann Award for Best Actor for his 2005 role in Sunset Boulevard along the way.
As if this wasn't enough, David was also establishing himself as one of the country's biggest-selling recording artists. His albums The Swing Sessions (2006), The Swing Sessions 2 (2007), and Good Lovin' (2008) all hit the Top Ten and achieved platinum sales. He has also mounted no fewer than five sell-out concert tours - for which he has received a further two Helpmann Awards. In 2009, his live concert DVD Good Lovin' Live hit number one on the ARIA chart.
In recent years David's position in the Australian entertainment industry has expanded with his appointment as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (the largest cabaret festival in the world), and the success of Luckiest Productions, the production company he runs with his wife Lisa. Luckiest now produces all of Campbell's national tours, as well as many other independent projects.
Campbell's latest album On Broadway sees him interpreting a host of beloved musical theatre songs on record for the first time. The album combines songs from hit shows in which he has starred (Les Miserables, Company, Guys & Dolls, Carousel) with songs from other hit musicals (Oklahoma!, Hello, Dolly!, Chicago, On The Town), and even a world premiere recording from a forthcoming show by Hairspray writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
The release of the album was complimented by the specially commissioned television documentary David Campbell On Broadway, produced by Luckiest Productions. The show - a mixture of Broadway history, exclusive interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage of the album recording - received its Australian premiere on STVDIO in April, 2010.
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