Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 | 4:56 p.m.
It’s a big week for Las Vegas singer Steve Lawrence.
Tonight he shows up as a guests star on “The Cleaner” (10 p.m., A&E), the hot series starring Benjamin Bratt. Then Lawrence performs solo Friday through Sunday at the Orleans.
During a recent interview (which will appear in Friday’s Las Vegas Sun), Lawrence said he had just finished shooting the episode of “The Cleaner” and talked about how he got the role.
“They sent me a script called ‘The Cleaner,’” Lawrence said during a recent interview. “I didn’t know what it was. To me a cleaner is Al Phillips. “So I read the thing. What it is, it’s about a group of guys who were addicts and cleaned up their act and now they go out and help other addicts who are hung up on drugs. They don’t get paid for it. I liked it a lot.”
Lawrence was talking with his son, composer David Nessim Lawrence, and mentioned the show.
“He said ‘You’re kidding, I’m writing the music to that show.’”
The singer might have sounded a bit like the proud papa when he said his son has “done very well.”
But that’s actually something of an understatement. The younger Lawrence wrote the music to the smash Disney hit “High School Musical (1&2)” and he’s now doing the film “High School Musical 3.” He also wrote music for “American Pie” films and the TV shows “Jericho” and “Cane.”
“In a couple of weeks he’s going to Prague to write music for a symphony,” Steve Lawrence said.
I jokingly asked where he got his talent, and it turns out young David wanted to be a doctor and studied pre-med.
“He used to go into operations with doctor friends of ours. They were raving about the kid, his abilities,” Steve Lawrence said. “Then a friend of his died on the operating table. He said, ‘Hey, I’m not going to do this.’”
Instead David ended up at a music conservatory in New York.
“I think genetically he had a leg up,” Steve Lawrence said.” He is very gifted, very talented.”