Backstage with Bob Crimeen

WORLD acclaimed Australian actor/singer David Campbell's dream of making his debut in a Broadway musical has taken several giant steps towards fulfillment.

The first-born son of rocker Jimmy Barnes has completed - much to the satisfaction of those who chose the final cast, we believe - a two week workshop for a music theatre version of 1995 Hollywood film, Don Juan DeMarco. The fanciful film starts Marlon Brando as a psychotherapist entranced by a patient (Johnny Depp) who believes he is the world's greatest lover. Faye Dunaway plays Brando's wife.

Campbell who played the student Marius during the 10th anniversary Sydney season of Les Miserables took the Depp role for the workshop. The Brando role was played by John Cullum, whose credits include US touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love. "David's hoping it will continue on to another workshop in April, ahead of a possible production on Broadway later next year," Campbell's manager, Les Solomon said.

"He's just finished a (cabaret) season at Rainbow and Stars, which is on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Centre, and about to close. "Now he's getting a new show with John Bucchino, an up and coming Broadway composer whose song, "Taking the Wheel" was the title track on David's second recording. "He's doing an evening of John's music, to be performed in Philadelphia in January, before moving to a new revue in New York called Joe's Pub. This is a cabaret room seating 250 people within the Joe Papp Public Theatre complex. "Joe's Pub has just opened with Andra McDonald who won a Tony award for Ragtime, as the first artist. "What a coincidence that David and Tim (Draxl) will be performing on January 11th in different parts of New York," Solomon said "David has been very supportive of Tim and gave him a wonderful rap when he started out in he business".

While playing in Les Miserables, Campbell fell for Melbourne actor-singer Natalie Jackson Mendoza. She played Eponine in Sydney and continues to play the role in Melbourne. The couple became engaged before Campbell left for New York.


Melbourne Herald-Sun - Nov 29th, 1998