Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DREAM LOVER: The Bobby Darin Musical + Tickets Giveaway

*Sponsored by Nuffnang and Dream Lover but 100% Peachy


Photo by Brian Geach

I arrived at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on Monday night with my friend Courtney, after receiving an invitation for the Preview of the musical  Dream Lover. The theatre is located near Darling Harbour, and is off to the side of the very impressive Star Casino. There is a beautiful view, from the Lyric Theatre's gorgeous balcony, of the waterfront and famous city skyline.



Around 400 of us started our journey through a long corridor. It was clear that we were not taking the usual route into the theatre. No, we were headed to the theatre stage. My friend Courtney and I were pulled aside and offered to sit in the front row, where a small stage was set up. Score!
 Producer John Frost (Wicked) soon took the stage, and introduced us to the acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). Both shared their excitement about this world first, brand new musical about the life and music of legend Bobby Darin.


About to enter the theatre, and getting excited!
One big highlight for my friend Courtney and me was hearing from the writers, Frank Howson and John Michael Howson. They shared with us their desire to teach their audiences about the 1950’-60’s Grammy winner Bobby Darin’s unbelievable life and his very famous songs; including Splish- Splash, Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea and of course - the multi-million seller, Dream Lover. Mack the Knife is a song you would instantly recognise because it’s also been sung by Frank Sinartra and Tony Bennett.



A brief but interesting life history of Bobby Darin:
Bobby was a boy born in the Bronx in New York in 1936, and had an incredible but very short life. He suffered on and off from rheumatic fever that did permanent damage to his heart. The Dr’s never expected him to live as long or accomplish as much as he did. His recurring health problems didn’t stop him from learning to play several musical instruments and write and perform his songs. Even though very successful, his short life was full of up’s and downs like finding out at age 32 that his mother was actually his grandmother, and his sister was actually his biological mother. He also campaigned tirelessly for Robert F. Kennedy, and was present at the Ambassador Hotel on the night that Robert was assassinated.
Bobby was married to the beautiful actress Sandra Dee, who had their son Dodd, but re-married shortly before his death (of heart failure) to Andrea Joy Yeager in 1973.


Hard to miss: see my red head at the front there. Photo from Dream Lover Australia 's official Instagram
After hearing some of the history of Bobby’s life we were entertained by David Campbell (who coincidently was born the year Bobby died, to Aussie Legend Jimmy Barnes). David Campbell is playing Bobby in Dream Lover.

Hannah Fredricksen who stars as Sandra Dee and David who stars as Bobby Darin
Man, did he put on a show for us, and that was just the preview! He did Bobby Darin proud and didn’t miss a beat in his performance of the Legend’s songs. There was an audible gasp from the audience when the floor to ceiling (were talking ‘warehouse height’ ceiling) curtain went up behind David, and an 18-piece big band was revealed.We were also treated to a short on-stage interview with Hannah Fredricksen, who is playing Sandra Dee in Dream Lover.

Then it was off to enjoy canapés and drinks, and even a photograph and signing with the musical’s two stars.



 To say that evening gave us a taste of what the musical will be like in September is an understatement. I can’t wait to see the18 -piece big band again! And this time accompanied by over 40 on-stage cast that will be bringing Bobby’s extraordinary story to life back in the 1950’s and 60’s pop music era. I can only imagine the costumes!

ENTER TO WIN: Competition is now closed
If you’d like to have a chance to WIN a double pass (that’s two tickets) to see a full preview showing of Dream Lover in Sydney later this year. All you have to do is enter here (on this blog post) with a comment telling me why you’d love to have seats to the show. Make sure you leave contact email address that is easy to match with your entry name. Creativity counts so be interesting!
Competition starts today, April 6th.2016 at 6pm (AEST) and ends at 6pm sharp (AEST) April 27.2016 
Competition is open to Sydney and Hunter area residents only (in other words you need to be able to get to the theatre if you win).

For full terms and conditions click here 



Meet the judges: As always I try I choose unbiased judges to pick winners for my competitions to make it fair and honest for all involved. This time it's Newcastle singing sensation's Glenn and Larelle from 2 Good Reasons. They had a really tough time going through the creative comments below. Thank you guys so much for taking on the job and accepting you'll only be paid in hugs!



So the WINNER is... Natalie Barclay! Congratulations, you've won two tickets to Dream Lover, The Musical! 


This winner had been notified. Thank you so everyone who entered, and please keep coming back for more great giveaways.

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