Renowned stage performer in Broadway and Australia
David Campbell is one of Australia’s most popular entertainers, having performed on TV, theatre and cabaret. David has also recorded three Top Ten albums, and performed to sold-out concert tours across the country. With a legacy as one of Australia’s leading musical theatre stars, David has also seen similar professional acclaim in New York.
Born and raised in Adelaide, David’s passion for the performing arts inspired him to start his career as a professional actor. Not long after, David was performing at the Sydney Opera House at the age of 22. He also starred in the 1997 production of Les Miserables in Sydney.
David took his ambitions to New York where he performed in wildly popular downtown cabaret shows. He was described by Time Out New York as being “the biggest buzz since Barbra Streisand”. Thanks to the warm welcome, David moved his show to the iconic cabaret room Rainbow & Stars, where he would make history as the youngest performer ever to headline the venue.
With a prolific and successful stage career, David saw himself in high demand with Broadway’s most prestigious producers. He was cast in the New York premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Saturday Night, and played leading roles in shows like Babes In Arms (at the Lincoln Center), and South Pacific.
Returning to Australia in 2001, David was invited to play the role of a lifetime in the musical phenomenon Shout! After touring the country for over a year, David would quickly become a household name in both Australia and New York. He also starred in Australian productions like Carousel and Company, as well as in Opera Australia’s Pirates of Penzance.
In recognition for his incredible performance in 2005’s Sunset Boulevard, David was the recipient of a Helpmann Award for Best Actor.
His career was put in the spotlight for David Campbell on Broadway, a television documentary exploring Broadway history, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. With guest appearances from Alan Cumming, Stephen Schwartz, John Kander and Alain Boublil, the documentary was broadcasted on STVDIO in 2010.
David continues to share his love and passion for the industry as Artistic Director of the largest cabaret festival in the world, right here in Adelaide. He is also the co-host of the national show Mornings for the Nine Network in Australia.