David's Taste Test

 David Campbell will call on his experience as the son of blue-collar rocker Jimmy Barnes when he stars as peasant idealist Marius in the 10th Anniversary season of Les Miserables, which opens this week at The Theatre Royal. Having wowed then in New York as "Australia's Golden Boy", Campbell returns to our shores to perform his version of a "working-class man".

  1. What was the most recent record you bought? I bought two recently. The Rat Pack, which is Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr singing on a live radio show and the soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever.

  2. What tape do you have in your car? I don't own a car, but if I did, at the moment it would probably have Bobby Darin at the Copa in it.
  3. Which radio station do you listen to? I don't listen to too much radio because I am travelling too much.
  4. Which TV program do you always video? When I'm home it's usually Frontline when it's on, or various comedy shows. At the moment I am taping a show called South Park in New York, which is like a perverse Simpsons.
  5. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? L.A. Confidential. I felt very patriotic.
  6. What was the last video you rented? This Is Spinal Tap.
  7. What book are you reading? Les Miserables, of course.
  8. Who is your favourite novelist? Not a famous author, but my favourite piece of writing is Harpo Speaks, by Harpo Marx. A wonderful book.
  9. Which painting or sculpture would you like to own? Sunday Afternoon On The Isle Of La Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat. What a painting!
  10. What was the most recent exhibition you saw? I haven't been to an exhibition, but I recently went to the Art Institute of Chicago.
  11. What was the most recent play you saw? I haven't seen a play for a while, but I saw The Lion King on Broadway last week and was blown away.
  12. Have you ever walked out of a play? Yes, but I'm not going to say what.
  13. What's your favourite weekend treat? Movies, popcorn and chocolate ... just excaping for a couple of hours.
  14. Preferred drink? Espresso.
  15. If you could be anyone else in the world, who would you most like to be? I would love to be a composer and be able to write symphonies. That or a stand-up comedian ... or an astronaut ... or ...

Holly Byrnes - The Sydney Sun Herald - Timeout, November 23, 1997.