Thursday, September 4, 2008



At 73, Lawrence inherits the mixed honor of being one of the last Las Vegans to run with the Rat Pack. For years, younger generations have sought out Lawrence and singing spouse, Eydie Gorme, for that old-Vegas authenticity Michael Buble can't hope to duplicate.

"I wish everybody I knew and loved felt as well as I do at this point," Lawrence says. "I really am in good shape, I feel good. Take a little Centrum Silver and Scotch. I guess that's keeping me together."

Lawrence is still keeping busy. Earlier this month he played to standing room only crowds and rave reviews at Vegas’ Orleans Hotel and Casino, and next Tuesday (9/9) he’ll be turning up as a horserace addict on The Cleaner (10 p.m., A&E), the hot series starring Benjamin Bratt, in an episode entitled, Let It Ride.

Benjamin Bratt & Steve Lawrence on the set of The Cleaner.

On how he landed the role on the cleaner, Lawrence says, “They sent me a script called The Cleaner. I didn’t know what it was. To me a cleaner is Al Phillips. So I read the thing. What it is, it’s about a group of guys who were addicts and cleaned up their act and now they go out and help other addicts who are hung up on drugs. They don’t get paid for it. I liked it a lot.”

Lawrence was talking with his son, composer David Nessim Lawrence, and mentioned he was thinking of taking a role on The Cleaner. His son said, “You’re kidding, I’m writing the music to that show.”

Lawrence’s son has done well for himslef in the music field – albiet as a composer as opposed to a performer – writing the music to the smash Disney hit High School Musical (1&2), and he’s now doing the film High School Musical 3. He also wrote music for the American Pie films and the TV shows Jericho and Cane – and now, The Cleaner.

Of his performance in Vegas, critic Norm Johnson had this to say:

Went to The Orleans last Friday to watch one of the best in the business of showbiz perform as a solo act, Steve Lawrence. And, he did not disappoint a single person in the SRO audience, and the opening number set the tone for the rest of the evening, "I Gotta Be Me." The show started right on time with a 20 minute film showing some clips of Lawrence's lifetime in the business of singing - beginning with his first appearance on the Arthur Godfrey television show at the age of 16. This film, alone, is worth the price of a ticket.

One thing is for sure, you'll hear the best musicians on any stage when Steve is appearing anywhere. That's because his conductor, Vince Falcone, hand picks the 22 musicians that'll work with Lawrence's regulars: Bobby Hamilton on trumpet, Chuck Christiansen on drums, Jack Hegyi on bass, and the guitar of Al Caiola, for a total of 27 men and women.


1 comment:

The King Of Cool said...

I've been wanting to check out that series. This is definitely a good excuse for me to finally watch it.