Steve Lawrence sings "My Hometown" in What Makes Sammy Run?
STEVE LAWRENCE (Sammy Glick) One of the nation's top television, recording and nightclub stars, Steve Lawrence is making his Broadway debut in What Makes Sammy Run? Not too many years ago, this young man from Brooklyn ignored two rebuffs from the casting department for the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts program. On the third try he was declared top prizewinner. It's that kind of determination that set his sights in the direction of the musical stage. Mr. Lawrence's first record was "Poinciana," which sold a million copies. When Steve Allen started his Tonight Show, he invited Mr. Lawrence to become a member of the permanent cast. During this time, he often sang with another member of the program, Eydie Gorme, whom he married in 1957. When the Tonight program left the air, Mr. Lawrence appeared as guest star on several important television variety programs. Finally he and Miss Gorme starred on their own television series which won a Peabody Award nomination. Mr. Lawrence's career was interrupted by two years in the Army where he won the Medal of Commendation. After the service stint, he and Miss Gorme teamed up for the first time as a nightclub and recording attraction. They have starred in the leading nightclubs of the world and have turned out best-selling record albums for Columbia Records with astonishing regularity. In 1962, Mr. Lawrence made his first acting appearance in a stock production of Pal Joey and won such excellent notices that he became a "natural" for the role of Sammy Glick.