Steve Lawrence has played Westbury many times over the years, but Saturday night at the Capital One Bank Theatre will be different. The tux-wearing 74-year-old legend will be performing without his glamorous lifetime partner - wife, Eydie Gormé. And that's not all, as the former Long Islander explains.
IS 'STEVE AND EYDIE' NO MORE?Gormé decided not to go on tour because of health issues, including a failed knee surgery and a ruptured disc, says Lawrence. And she's OK with that decision, he adds. Lawrence, on the other hand, says he wants to keep performing. He says it feels strange to be onstage without her, but "it's also about the first time in 50 years I'll be able to finish a sentence without being interrupted."
DOES HE LIKE 'HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL'? Lawrence's son, David Nessim Lawrence, composed all three "High School Musical" scores. "They're all great," says the proud pop. And now, tweens will be happy to know, his son is working on a Christmas TV musical for Disney and Hallmark, he says.
WHAT'S HIS FUNNIEST MEMORY OF WESTBURY? Once the husband of an old girlfriend, Francine, told Lawrence during a show that she was there. "I went to go see what she looks like," Lawrence says. He had to cross over some people and the microphone dropped out of his hand. "When I went down to get it, Eydie said, 'Where are you and what are you doing?' I said, 'I'm looking for a microphone,' and she said, 'Sure, sure.' "
WHAT ADVICE DID ANOTHER MUSICAL LEGEND GIVE HIM? "I once asked Nat King Cole - we were chatting and having a drink - 'Do you get tired of singing "Too Young" and "Mona Lisa" '? He took the cigarette holder out of his mouth and took a little drink and said, 'That's why they're here.' " This is why, Lawrence says, he'll be performing hits from "Go Away Little Girl" to "Portrait of My Love."
HAS HE EVER LIVED ON LONG ISLAND? Lawrence and Gormé used to own a house in Lido Beach. "It was a beautiful house," he says. "You walked over the dunes to the ocean." They sold it in 1970 because their work took them to the West Coast.WHAT "An Evening With Steve Lawrence"
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WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury
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