A born performer, David had acted at the Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House by the age of 22, and in 1997 starred in a major revival of Les Miserables. Shortly after this, Campbell moved to New York, where he became the youngest performer ever to headline the iconic cabaret venue Rainbow & Stars.
Campbell was soon in demand from Broadway’s most prestigious writers and directors. Stephen Sondheim cast him in the New York premiere of his musical Saturday Night, and he played leading roles in shows like Babes In Arms (at the Lincoln Center), and South Pacific. In 2001 Campbell was tempted back to Australia by the role of a lifetime – Australian icon Johnny O’Keefe, in the musical phenomenon Shout! He toured Australia in the show for over a year, and became a household name as a result. He has gone on to star in major Australian productions, playing Billy Bigelow in Carousel and Bobby in Company, he has even played The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance for Opera Australia. Along the way, he picked up a Helpmann Award (Australia’s answer to the Tonys) for Best Actor, for his performance of Joe Gilles in Sunset Boulevard.
As if this wasn’t enough, Campbell was also establishing himself as one of the country’s biggest- selling recording artists – having recorded four Top Ten albums and his live concert DVD Good Lovin’ Live hit number one on the Australian charts and achieved platinum sales.