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September 02, 1988 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-09-02

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I ENTERTAINMENT

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GOING PLACES

WEEK OF SEPT. 2-8

SPECIAL EVENTS

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

CITY OF OAK PARK
Community Center, Oak Park
Blvd., Steve King and the.
Dittilies, fireworks display,
Sunday. 545-6400.
THE FASHION GROUP OF
DETROIT
Fairlane Manor, Dearborn, fall
fashion spectacular, 6 p.m.
Thursday, admission. 569-1324.

COMEDY

BERKLEY COMEDY CASTLE
2593 Woodward, Berkley, Bill
Engvall, today and Saturday; Jay
Johnson, Tuesday through Sept.
10, admission. 542-9900.

THEATER

SHAW FESTIVAL
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,
You Never. Can Tell and
Dangerous Corner, through Oct.
15, Hit the Deck, Peter Pan and
Once in a Lifetime
Oct.
16; Geneva, through Sept. 24;
The Voysey Inheritance, through
Sept. 25; 416-468-2172.
GREENFIELD VILLAGE
Dearborn, The Man Who Came
to Dinner, Fridays and Saturdays
through Sept. 10, admission.
271-1620.
RUSSIAN-AMERICAN
STUDIO THEATER
Groves H i g h Sch o ol Little
Theater, 13 Mile and Evergreen,
Birmingham, A Blok Engraving,
Sept. 9-11 and 16-18, admission.
354-4717.
FARMINGTON PLAYERS
32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmin
Hills, auditions for The
Foreigner; Tuesday and
Wednesday, five men and two
women with English and
southern accents needed.
538-1670.

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Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme met on the old Steve Allen late night show.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme share their
lives as well as their careers

RITA CHARLESTON

Special to The Jewish News

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ne of America's best-
. loved musical couples,
Steve Lawrence and
Eydie Gorme met back
in the '50s on the old
Steve Allen late night TV show and
the chemistry clicked — at least for
one of them.
"Eydie always says it was love at
first sight on her part:' said Lawrence
during a recent interview. "It was like
at first sight for me. It's always taken
me a little longer to recognize a good
thing;'
When the love bug finally bit
Lawrence as well, the couple's
romance blossomed in front of all late-
night America. "We courted off as
well as on the Steve Allen show;'
Lawrence recalled, "and Steve has
been a very important part of our
lives ever since, not only professional-
ly but personally as well. We have a
lot to thank him for."
Lawrence the son of a cantor
(Max, who recently celebrated his

90th birthday), was raised in a
musical family. "Growing up and
learning choir music, which is much
different from pop music with its
much narrower range, really taught
me in regard to intervals and things
like that," Lawrence noted. "It was
very valuable training."
"And," he added, "the fact that my
father was a cantor probably led me
to an expansion of my own musical
tastes and abilities."
Raised in an Orthodox home, the
singer said he was exposed to a "very
interesting and terrific family life. My
parents instilled certain values in me
which were very important and I have
fond memories of some wonderful
childhood experiences?'
However, he admitted, when a
cantor's son decides on a career in
show business, most parents — his in-
cluded — express some deep concern.
"But when I finally made up my
mind;' he said, "they were behind me
100 percent. As a matter of fact, my
parents were always at my shows and
always supported me wholeheartedly.

They were really two of my biggest
fans."
Meanwhile, his wife, he said lov-
ingly, entered show business by a
more circuitous route, mainly stemm-
ing from her outstanding language
abilities. Edyie Gorme spoke Spanish
fluently and worked for an importer
in her younger years. "She used to do
a lot of bilingual work for the com-
pany and also did a little Spanish
radio show. In fact, over the years,
Eydie has recorded a great many
records in Spanish and maintained a
terrific relationship with Latinos all
over the world."
She has, he bragged, just finish-
ed recording a brand new album in
Spanish for CBS International called
"Corazon a Corazon" ("Heart to
Heart"), a collection of standards and
traditional Spanish songs as well as
some new ones written specifically for
her. Lawrence said his wife also
taught him to speak Spanish. "Main-
ly in self-defense," he laughs.
The popular husband and wife
duo have done more than learn
Spanish together during their 30-year

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MUSIC

THE PALACE
3777 Lapeer Rd., Auburn Hills,
Neil Young and the Bluenotes,
Sunday, admission. 377-8200.
COMMUNITY HOUSE
380 S. Bates, Birmingham, Bates
Street. Night Out "The
Suspects," Thursday, admission.
644-5832.

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Continued on Page 67

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Hollygrove, Holly, 10 a.m. to 7
p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and
Labor Day through Sept. 25, 150
entertainers, on four stages,
admission.

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