| One Thanksgiving Day TV offering which should be easy to digest is CBS' hour-long music special starring Steve Lawrence and wife Eydie Gorme. The program, titled "Our Love Is Here To Stay," offers not only the musical talents of the Lawrences, but words and music of George and Ira Gershwin and the dancing skills of Gene Kelly. The program, which will be telecast Thanksgiving night, was taped on location in Paris.
The show opens with Lawrence and Miss Gorme, who are shown on the cover recreating with sketches and songs the early career of composer Gershwin. That was when he worked as a song plugger for other people's music and first began his collaboration with brother Ira.
Gershwin's love of Paris led to his composition of "An American in Paris," a piece of music which inspired the Oscar-winning film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Kelly joins Steve and Eydie for a modern look at the city in addition to musical renditions of "I Got Rhythm," "'S Wonderful" and "Sombody Loves Me."
The show is climaxed by what has become the centerpiece of Steve and Eydie's night club and concert appearances - a medley of Gershwin music, including "Fascinating Rhythm," "Love Walked In," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Do, Do, Do" and songs from "Porgy and Bess."
The medley is highlighted with a performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" by the New World Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jack Parnell, with Gerald Robbins piano soloist.
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are veteran performers who met professionally and romantically on the original Tonight show with Steve Allen. Lawrence's career includes his starring dramatic role on Broadway in "What Makes Sammy Run?" which earned him both a Tony and an (sic) New York Drama Critics Award. Both Lawrences also appeared together in the musical "Golden Rainbow" during the mid-1960's.
Dancer-actor-director-choroegrapher (sic) Gene Kelly is one of the most versatile talents in Hollywood. Most of his dancing career was focused at MGM, the studio noted for its lavish musicals.
A capsule history of MGM's musical heritage was chronicled in "That's Entertainment!", a highly successful theatrical release which CBS will televise for the first time on Tuesday. He will be seen in old film clips and as one of the on-screen narrators.
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