Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
Camelot Theatre presents some juicy, musical fun with its newest production, "Spotlight on Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé."
While some remember the 1950s singing couple, others may only be familiar with its most popular duets, such as "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" and "This Could Be the Start of Something Big."
If these tunes don't ring a bell, then Camelot's musical spotlight offers an opportunity to become familiar with the iconic duo and its music.
The show will open Friday, June 1, and run through Sunday, June 10. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays.
Lawrence's and Gormé's talents and snappy, show-biz personalities, along with their public romance, charmed audiences around the world — ever since the two fell in love while performing in the '50s on Steve Allen's original "The Tonight Show."
Heading into show business as a nightclub act, Lawrence and Gormé garnered popularity with witty banter and lively performances. Camelot's spotlight will feature Erik Connolly as Steve Lawrence and Rebecca K. Campbell as Eydie Gormé. Bruce Lorange narrates the story.
"Erik and Rebecca aren't so much imitating Steve and Eydie," says Artistic Director Livia Genise. "They are in character, but the show is more of a tribute. It's about the music and the couple's personal story, which is fascinating."
Lawrence and Gormé are particularly close to Genise's heart.
"I love them," she says. "Their music is great, and their lives are fascinating. For those of us of a certain age, the music is evocative of the '50s and '60s."
Lawrence and Gormé rocketed to the top of the charts and earned Grammy and Emmy awards, Broadway roles and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Camelot's spotlight will showcase some of their biggest hits, such as "Go Away Little Girl," "We Got Us" and more.
The script is by Catherine Noah, city editor of the Mail Tribune, and musical arrangements are by Dal Carver. Presila Quinby directs.
"We like to spotlight people who have made a real musical impact," Genise says. "I don't think these people should be forgotten."
Tickets cost $22, $20 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the box office and www.camelottheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250.