The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University kicks off its Retro Series with David Cassidy who became the biggest television and performing phenomenon in history almost four decades ago when he rose to stardom in the hit family television show “The Partridge Family.”
David Cassidy and his five-piece band and will perform in Concert on Saturday, October 1 (2011) at 8pm on the stage of the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Sacred Heart University, located at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield, Connecticut.
From television to recording and record-breaking concert tours, from Broadway and London’s West End to Las Vegas productions, David Cassidy has made his mark and been lauded with nominations and awards in each arena. He has certainly proven that it is talent, creativity and tenacity that keep people coming to shows, turning on the television, and purchasing his recordings.
Hailing from a family of actors, mother Evelyn Ward and father Jack Cassidy, David’s fate as a performer was essentially seeded at a young age. It was by coincidence that he wound up starring with stepmother Shirley Jones in “The Partridge Family.” (Note: Shirley Jones will appear on the same stage in the American Legend Series on Sunday, October 16 at 3pm). When ABC cast him as its juvenile star in what became an astonishingly successful series, one of the most spectacular careers in the entertainment industry was launched. Before the end of 1970, the year that “The Partridge Family” premiered, David had the #1 selling single of the year and record of the year (“I Think I Love You”), and garnered multiple Grammy nominations and won a Golden Apple Award. Over the next five years, membership in his official fan club exceeded that of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
His concerts sold out in the largest arenas and stadiums in the world which led him to be the world’s highest paid performer by the age of twenty-one. He broke box office records at Melbourne’s Cricket Grounds, London’s White City Stadium, Houston’s Astrodome and New York’s Madison Square Garden. To date, his records have sold well over 30 million copies worldwide and have been recognized with over 24 gold and platinum recordings including four consecutive multi-platinum LP’s.
David was responsible for seven chart-topping “Partridge Family” singles including “Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted,” ”I Woke Up In Love This Morning,” ”Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” and of course, “I Think I Love You”, the bestselling record of 1971. As a solo artist, David has had hit singles including “Cherish,” ”Could It Be Forever,” ”How Can I Be Sure,” ”Rock Me Baby” and “Lyin’ to Myself.” His 2004 CD, “Then and Now,” was in the Top Five and reached platinum status.
Never one to rest on his laurels, he went to Broadway where he starred in the original production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. London beckoned and he starred next at the prestigious West End in Time with Sir Laurence Olivier. In 1994, he once again broke box office records in the stunning and highly lauded production of Blood Brothers on Broadway. The subsequent tour of the United States and Canada was also SRO.
Despite the peaks and valleys of his professional and personal life, David has always been able to regenerate his success by keeping his perspective and acute sense of humor. “I’m an optimist. I mean, you have to be with my career,” he laughs. “I’ve never gone out and changed my style to suit the times. I have always stayed true to myself by using the work ethic my father instilled in me, to strive for the best musically, theatrically, as well as in producing and writing. He taught me to be fearless about revealing the frailties and strengths of the human experience. Bringing that human element to my work is the most important thing I can do as an entertainer.”
In 1996, David took on his next challenge and moved to Las Vegas to star at the MGM Grand in the $75 million extravaganza “EFX.” Under his creative direction and by entirely re-vamping the show, it became the most successful production in Las Vegas. Within four months of opening, the show was voted “Best Production Show” in Las Vegas, and David was voted “Best All-Around Performer” and “Best Singer.”
In 1999, David was again named “Best All Around Performer,” “Entertainer of the Year” and “Show Star of the Year” for “The Rat Pack Is Back!”, the first original production paying tribute to the legendary quartet.
In addition to performing, producing, writing and recording, David’s passion and avocation lie with the thoroughbred horses that he breeds and that race throughout the country. David lives in Florida with his wife, songwriter Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, and their 18 year-old son Beau.
Reserved tickets are:
$65 & $45 - General Public
$60 & $40 - Student/Faculty/Staff/Senior Citizens
Tickets may be purchased:
By Phone: Edgerton Center Box Office at 203.371.7908 (Mondays through Fridays from
In Person: at box office located in the lobby of the Edgerton Center
The box office will be open 2 hours prior to each performance.
Online at www.EdgertonCenter.org (24/7)
David Cassidy in Concert is presented on the stage of the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Sacred Heart University, located at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield, Connecticut just minutes from exit 47 of the Merritt Parkway.
The Retro Series also includes Melissa Manchester in Concert on February 11, 2012 and The Music of ABBA on March 28, 2012.
The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts is totally wheelchair accessible. Please let the box office know of any special needs when ordering tickets.