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Centerstage hosts tribute to Bobby Darin

A longtime fan of Bobby Darin’s work, Bob DeDea is making his solo concert debut in
A longtime fan of Bobby Darin’s work, Bob DeDea is making his solo concert debut in 'Singin' and Swingin' with Bobby D.'
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From staff reports:

Purple Phoenix Productions announced the world premiere of "Singin' and Swingin' with Bobby D," a salute to singer Bobby Darin.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Centerstage Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way.

The one night only event pays tribute to one of America’s music icons and features popular Seattle-based actor/singer Bob De Dea. He is backed by David Duvall’s nine piece orchestra and three back-up vocalists. It’s a concert staged in the 1960’s style of the Las Vegas/Atlantic City showrooms in their heyday.

Bobby Darin was a multi-talented performer, known primarily as a singer, but was also an Oscar-nominated actor who was posthumously inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. He performed and composed pop, rock, swing, folk and country music throughout his career. Among the many Darin hits included in this concert are: “Mack The Knife,” “Beyond The Sea,” “Lazy River,” “If I Were A Carpenter,” “Simple Song Of Freedom,” “Queen Of The Hop,” “Bill Bailey,” “Work Song,” “Splish Splash” and “Dream Lover.”

Darin’s career skyrocketed with the release of his 1958 single “Splish Splash,” and he rode a wave of popularity that led him into a string of film and television appearances. His recording of “Mack The Knife” won the 1960 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and he was later honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Darin received the Grammy for Best New Artist the same year. He received a Golden Globe award for his first film, "Come Septemener, and his headline act from the 1960s set nightclub attendance records in New York and Las Vegas.

Darin suffered from poor health and a weak heart for almost his entire life. He died in 1973 at the age of 37 following surgery to repair two artificial heart valves. In 1990, Darin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.


Tickets cost $15 and are available at or by phone at (253) 661-1444. Centerstage Theatre is located at 3200 SW Dash Point Road in Federal Way.


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