New York Times Cabaret Guide

[Leisure/Weekend Desk]

* DAVID CAMPBELL, Rainbow and Stars, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor, (212) 632-5000. The 24-year-old Australian singer has a winning stage manner and a voice whose reedy vibrato owes a great deal to Johnny Mathis. The other great influence is his fellow Australian Peter Allen, who is remembered in a medley of Allen songs that culminates in a heartfelt ''I Honestly Love You.'' Although Mr. Campbell has been touted as the hottest cabaret performer since the young Barbra Streisand, he is hardly that. His voice has its thin spots, and he's much more effective singing ballads than up-tempo numbers. But he oozes star quality. And when near the end of his show he picks up a guitar to perform a euphoric version of the Jackie Wilson classic ''Higher and Higher,'' he shows how easily he can switch roles, from self-conscious pop traditionalist to engaging folk-rocker. Through tomorrow; shows Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 and 11 P.M. Cover, $40; dinner required for early shows.

 

He's an All-Australian Boy

The 24-year-old Australian singer David Campbell has had the mixed good fortune of being hailed as a ''cabaret sensation'' and compared to the young Barbra Streisand before most people have even heard him sing a note. Such advance hyperbole can weigh heavily, and a lot is riding on the success of his two-week debut engagement (through Nov. 15) at Rainbow and Stars at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

 

by Stephen Holden - New York Times, 14 November, 1997.