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David Cassidy is at peace with his teen-idol past

He's starred on Broadway and London's West End -- with Laurence Olivier, no less. He co-starred, with both his brothers, on Ruby & the Rockits, the most expensive television show ever produced by ABC Family. He received an Emmy nomination for A Chance to Live, the highest-rated episode of Police Story. He revamped and starred in the Las Vegas extravaganza EFX.

But with all that, David Cassidy understands -- and appreciates -- that when people hear his name, the first thing that comes to mind is The Partridge Family, a television show that appeared in 1970, ran for four seasons and garnered not one Emmy nomination. It was seen as fluff, but its fans were, and remain, fervently loyal.

"It'll never bother me that I'm best-known for that," Cassidy says with a laugh during a phone interview from Los Angeles. "When you know you've had such an impact on people as we did with that show, it's just great. When people meet me, they always have this 'Wow!' look on their faces. It's a great gift to me, how people remember that show."

So expect Cassidy, 59, to sing a lot of songs from the Partridge Family catalog at his concert tonight at Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie. The audience will get a special treat: Davy Jones, who starred on The Monkees in the late 1960s, will open for Cassidy, who hints that they may do a song or two together.

On The Partridge Family, Cassidy portrayed the eldest son of a musical family headed by Shirley Jones, his real-life stepmother. Cassidy and Jones were the only members of the TV cast who actually sang on the Partridge Family records. They had several chart-topping singles, including 1971's No. 1 single, I Think I Love You. Cassidy's solo career included the hits Cherish, Rock Me Baby and the 2004 album Then and Now.

Having come from a family of actors -- his father, the late Jack Cassidy, was a debonair leading man -- Cassidy says he always considered himself an actor first, then a musician. In April, he'll start filming a movie that he says is a little like Mamma Mia! but "more edgy and more rock-y, about a period of serious rock 'n' roll."

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