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5 of the best covers of Mack The Knife

The iconic song soon became synonymous with Dream Lover's leading muse, Bobby Darin.

Originally written as a murder ballad for The Threepenny Opera, Mack The Knife is undoubtedly one of the most iconic songs of the 1920s.

The booming show tune has received countless reincarnations since it was written by Bertolt Brecht and composed by Kurt Weill for the opera-musical which premiered in 1928, but few have stood the test of time like Bobby Darin’s take on the track in 1959.

Now a climax in Dream Lover, the Bobby Darin Musical, Mack The Knife is currently being performed by David Campbell every night at State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Given Campbell’s incredible likeness to Darin, it comes as no surprise to see his Mack The Knife cover convey all the same charm.

Dream Lover tells the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor, Bobby Darin, starring Aussie fave, David Campbell, in the title role.

The production is directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical) and shines the spotlight on one of the biggest music icons from the 50s and 60s in Bobby Darin, including hits like Mack The Knife.

Dream Lover is currently open at Melbourne’s State Theatre, but there’s only a few weeks left before it closes on Sunday 4 March. Book final tickets at

To celebrate the production, and its iconic songs like Mack The Knife, we’re looking back at five of the song’s best ever covers. Let us know your favourite @Ticketmaster_AU.

1. Ella Fitzgerald

2. Robbie Williams

3. Marianne Faithful

4. Sting

5. Nick Cave

Dream Lover - the Bobby Darin musical

State Theatre, Arts Centre Musical

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