Film version of show a new twist for singer

Singer David Campbell (left) and legendary Broadway composer John Bucchino, who have been close friends for decades, will have their recent live performance screened in cinemas throughout Australia, including Shellharbour.

Singer David Campbell (left) and legendary Broadway composer John Bucchino, who have been close friends for decades, will have their recent live performance screened in cinemas throughout Australia, including Shellharbour.

ENTERTAINER David Campbell is tackling another new challenge - taking an intimate show performed in a 110-seat theatre to the big screen.

The ARIA award-winning performer, radio host and Australian television personality will screen the live performance of his latest Top 40 album, David Campbell Sings John Bucchino , recorded live at Hayes Theatre Co, in high definition in cinemas throughout the country.

Campbell said most projects he'd undertaken throughout his career had been performed live, ensuring the concert film (which he hopes to release on DVD later this year) was a fresh experience for him.

"The best part of it is I don't have to get ready," he joked.

"The work's been done, and the edit's happened.

"Most things I've ever done have been live - nerves, sweaty palms. I sweat a lot.

"This is in the ether, and I don't know what people are going to say about it."

Campbell is merely content to be working, though.

"All I ever wanted when I started out was to have longevity.

"I just want to do good work, love what I'm doing and always be working."

The show features two old friends - Campbell and Bucchino have known each other since the 1990s - performing songs from the album.

Bucchino is one of New York's most beloved composers, and the show enabled Campbell to pay tribute to his roots as a Broadway performer.

The pair return to the stage to talk about their lives, careers and the songs that have bound them together in friendship.

Campbell said there would be a few surprises for fans contained within the "intimate" affair.

"People have seen me do big arena shows; this is very stripped back.

"No bells, tricks and whistles; there's nothing to hide behind.

"Two mates performing what I think are incredible songs.

"I find these songs very engaging; beautiful to sing, the stories are wonderful and the melodies are heartbreaking."

Campbell said the screenings had other benefits for fans.

"It's cheaper than seeing me in a regular theatre.

"You can make noise, open wrappers, and I won't hear you, it won't distract me," he said.

"That's very freeing for the audience."

The special event film will be screened at Greater Union Shellharbour on September 10-11.

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