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Tribute To Steve & Eydie Starring David Lawrence and Debbie Gravitte

Tribute To Steve & Eydie Starring David Lawrence and Debbie Gravitte

This past week-end the Axelrod Performing Center in Dear Park, NJ presented Tribute To Stevie & Eydie. The show is a loving tribute to singers Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme by their son David Lawrence and Tony award winner Debbie Gravitte. Musical director Russ Kassoff conducted a 20 piece orchestra. Some of the lush orchestration were arranged  for Steve and Eydie by Don Costa. The orchestrations are fresh today as when the iconic couple preformed them.

David Lawrence and Debbie Gravitte had  large shoes to fill, but they were up to the task. The two were funny and charming as they recreated Steve & Eydie’s Las Vegas act with Ms Gravitte wearing two of Eydie’s original gowns.
They opened the evening with “This could Be the “Start of Something Big” by Steve Allan and went on to sing some of the iconic couple’s greatest hits: “A Room Without Windows”(Ervin Drake), “I’ve Got to Be Me”’(Walter Marks),”One Note Samba”(Antonio Carlos Jobim) and from Steve & Eydie’s TV special a Gershwin medley.
David Lawrence has his father’s smooth, warm sound and it’s amazing how much he looks like his dad.
Debbie Gravitte is able to channel Eydie’s singing styler and as always is a great performer.
The evening ended with Lawrence and Gravitte singing an encore of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin’s  “Our Love is Here To Stay”.
Having seen Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme in person many years ago, it was wonderful to see a tribute to them. They were chart toppers for decades and with the changes in pop music I realised how much I miss great music performed by real pros.
Tribute To Stevie & Eydie is an evening of pure  entertainment.

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Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent

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