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Splish Splash: The Short & Spectacular Life of Bobby Darin 

When: Sat., May 23, 3 p.m., Sun., May 24, 3 p.m., Mon., May 25, 7 p.m., Thu., May 28, 8 p.m., Sat., May 30, 3 p.m., Sun., May 31, 2 p.m., Sat., June 6, 3 p.m. and Sun., June 7, 2 p.m. 2009
Phone: (888) 374-2656
Price: $27, $25/students, seniors
www.piccolospoleto.com

Part of the Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series at the Village Playhouse. A world premiere production. The story of one of America’s music legends: an incredible and versatile talent who died too soon. Joe Clarke stars in a tribute to the one and only Bobby Darin, featuring "Dream Lover," "Mac the Knife," "Beyond the Sea," "Queen of the Hop," "If I Were a Carpenter," and many more. (90 min.)

The Buzz:

WHAT IS IT? A world-premiere in the Village Playhouse’s 20th Century Greats series, focusing on a pop singer who evolved rapidly from teen idol (“Splish Splash” and “Queen of the Hop”) into a confident and stylish performer (“Mack the Knife” and “Beyond the Sea”).

WHY SEE IT? This mix of music and biography tells the story of a doomed figure who packed as much life into 37 years as his frail heart could handle.

WHO SHOULD GO? Fans of his music and anyone who is curious about an influential popular artist whose early death obscured significant contributions. (Dan Conover)

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