David Campbell, who created a mini-sensation a couple seasons back when he was cast in the lead of the Off-Broadway New York premiere of Stephen Sondheim's early effort Saturday Night, will return to town Feb. 26 for a month-long cabaret gig at Cafe Carlyle. The Australian star's engagement lasts until March 23.
Campbell will use the Carlyle dates to pay tribute to two of his favorite singers: Bobby Darin, the early rock idol who, with "Mack the Knife," switched mid-career to swinging lounge-style singing; and Sammy Davis, Jr., the tap dance, actor and Rat Pack member who's best remembered for his rendition of "The Candy Man."
Campbell will also sing songs from Shout, the Aussie musical he starred in. Other represented composers include Carol Hall, John Bucchino and Michael Pemberton.
Campbell's other theatre credits include Babes in Arms at City Center Encores!, and Guys and Dolls and Les Miz, both in Australia.
There is a $75 cover charge, no minimum. Cafe Carlyle is in the Carlyle Hotel, Madison Avenue at 76th Street. Performances are Tuesday through Saturdays at 8:45 PM with late shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:45 PM. For reservations call (212) 570-7189. —By Robert Simonson