A smash hit in the New York cabaret world when he burst onto the scene in the late 1990s, David Campbell has waited for precisely the right moment to return to the city that made him a star. One of Australiaʼs most popular entertainers, David is a multi-platinum selling recording artist. He has starred in theatre, cabaret and television; recorded four Top Ten albums, and sold out concert tours from coast to coast.
Raised in South Australia, David had performed at the Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House by the age of 22, and in 1997 starred in a major revival of Les Miserables in Sydney. Shortly after, Campbell moved to New York, where his downtown cabaret show attracted major crowds. Due to what Time Out described as ?the biggest buzz since Barbra Streisand?, Campbell 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, Campbell was soon in demand from Broadway?s most prestigious writers and directors. Stephen Sondheim cast him in the New York premiere of his musical Saturday Night, and he played leading roles in shows like Babes In Arms (at the Lincoln Center), as well as singing the role of Lt. Cable in the 50th anniversary concert of South Pacific.
In 2001, at the height of his New York success, Campbell was tempted back to Australia by the role of a lifetime ? Australian rock & roll icon Johnny O'Keefe, in the musical phenomenon Shout! The show toured Australia for over a year, and Campbell became a household name as a result. He went on to star in Australian productions of classic musicals like Carousel and Company, new works at the prestigious Melbourne & Sydney Theatre Companies, and even in Pirates of Penzance for Opera Australia. Along the way, he was named Best Actor at the 2005 Helpmanns (Australia?s leading theatre awards), for his role in Sunset Boulevard.
As if this wasn?t enough, Campbell 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 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 Australian chart.
In recent years Campbell?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 music and cabaret production company of which he is a Director.
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 the forthcoming musical Catch Me If You Can, by 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 world premiere on Australian arts channel STVDIO in April 2010. Guests include Alan Cumming, Stephen Schwartz, John Kander, Alain Boublil, and Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman.