Back to the Cabaret

ELECTRIC performer David Campbell is stepping back in time.

Campbell, who has been treading the rocky road of rock'n'roll for the past few years, is planning to return to his cabaret roots.

Move over Michael Buble: the charming singer will head into the recording studio in January to start work on an album of swing/cabaret-style tracks.

The talented performer first made a name for himself on the cabaret circuit in New York. But after building a reputation as a star in the making, Campbell walked away from that phase of his career and returned to Australia in 2000 to take the lead role in the stage musical Shout.

"I'm donning the suit again. I've got my mojo back," Campbell said of his decision.

"I was doing it (cabaret) for so long in New York that I just started getting really ground down by it.

"So when the chance came to do something else, I grabbed it."

However, on the back of his appearance on Dancing with the Stars, Campbell recently did an extraordinarily well-received cabaret show in Sydney, rekindling his love of the music.

"I was having too much fun. I thought, 'right, let's do this properly'," he said.

Campbell is based in Melbourne for the next three months working on the Melbourne Theatre Company's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, in which he has been reunited with former fiancee Natalie Mendoza.

"We had not spoken for a few years, so I was a bit nervous," he said of his first rehearsal with Mendoza. "I was biting my nails the night before, thinking 'how's this going to go?'

"But she is great -- we are laughing and having a great time. The show is going to be great."

First, though, Campbell will be performing at Carols by Candlelight with Tamsin Carroll, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Marina Prior, Denis Walter, Anthony Callea and Daryl Somers on Christmas Eve.


, 18 December, 2005