Originally Published: April 14, 2016 4:07 p.m.
You don’t have to look “Beyond the Sea” or down the “Lazy River” to find any “Artificial Flowers” as Lonely Street Productions’ “Dream Lover – A Salute to Bobby Darin” comes to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m.
Featuring Robert Shaw, the show captures Darin’s spirit and musical versatility. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
This particular show has been going on for about six or seven years, Shaw said. It’s also one of his favorites as the music and melodies are standards from the Great American Songbook.
“Those songs withhold the test of time,” Shaw said. “They’re just beautiful tunes and they’re really fun to sing.”
Though it’s always hard to pick a favorite as performing in the show means all the songs become favorites, Shaw really enjoys singing “Lazy River,” a song that was just added to the show. It’s a unique song as Darin put his own stamp on it, Shaw said. it’s also got really great dynamics and is used to close out the first act, he said.
When it comes to deciding on the songs that are going to be in the show, it’s never about choosing what songs to put in, Shaw said. Rather, with so much great material, it begins with a list of Darin’s top hits or favorites that have stood the test of them and from there, it’s a matter of eliminating songs that weren’t too big of hit.
“You have to make sure you get the big hits in,” Shaw said, mentioning such songs as “Splish Splash,” “Dream Lover” and “Beyond the Sea. “Then it’s filling in the spaces in between with tunes you either know or make an educated guess they’re songs people want to hear.”
The show will pull on the heartstrings and bring back good memories, Shaw said. People will come to the show because they remember Darin and three or four of his hits, but when they leave, they’ll walk out remembering how many hits he had. In fact, people end up knowing literally every song and will surprise themselves with how much they know and remember, he said.