Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on January 22, 1967 · Page 112
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 112

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, January 22, 1967
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V ' .fTf k ' ml ?! rnijiriMC! t : " aw-"-;? Jerry Newton, left, and brother Wayne Newton. Wayne was 2y2 years of age when picture was taken, Jerry a year older. Here we have them as they are today in reverse position, Wayne is at left. Wayne at his home in Las Vegas with his favorite Sheik. After late breakfast singer heads for the stables where he cares for his horses, then rides for two or three hours. He learned to ride after family came to Phoenix from Virginia. Just tllillllil! 1 ii egas-1 ha I : mi TV T ie iiewioi i ' C't 1 1 c I !. By WILLIAM L. DOUDNA LAS VEGAS, Nev. What does "Mr. Excitement" do for excitement? "Mr. Excitement" is Wayne Newton, the former Phoenix singer who has become one of the top attractions in show business and one of the most popular of record-makers. When he's home, which isn't much of the time, he likes to ride and watch television, and care for his four horses. So when he's home at Casa de Shenandoah, his ranch just outside Las Vegas, he isn't interested in excitement. And no wonder his travels and his deep concern with the business of putting on good shows don't give him much time to relax. Embarrassed in ISigbt Clubs Last year, Wayne said, he traveled 100,000 miles and was in a different city on an average of once a week. Most of the travel was by air, and 12,000 miles of it were to Sydney, Australia, and back. "We're really a family of homebodies," Wayne said. "Of course, I go to a night club once in a while, but it's rather embarrassing when they ask for my age card and don't bother my date about one." Newton at 24 looks about 18. He said he was once embarrassed by a reporter who asked him when he was going to start shaving. As a matter of fact, he may never do that he appears to have inherited a beardless face from Indian ancestors. Just now, Casa de Shenandoah houses Wayne, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Newton, and his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Newton. Wayne and Jerry have been in show business together for 18 years. They made their first money at it when Wayne was 6 they got $10 for appearing at a Christmas party. Wayne played "Jingle Bells" on a steel guitar, he recalls. Learned to Hide in Phoenix The family lives in the guest house on the 50-acre ranch. The main house is in the planning stage, but there are a fine stable and a riding corral on the property. As I was leaving, father Pat was busy fixing a fence out there. Wayne learned to ride after the family moved to Phoenix from Virginia. He and his brother, Jerry, had their first lessons at the Windsor Square Stables when the former was about 10. When he's home, Wayne centers his day largely around the horses, two of which are miniatures about 30 inches high. He arises about 10, has coffee, and heads promptly for the stables. He cares for the horses, rides two to three hours, brings his horse back for more grooming, and is ready for food and television. What he doesn't say is that a good deal of his time is devoted to his hard work as a singer. But in talking with him, one can guess that ideas for new numbers, plans for improvement, and such things are seldom far from his mind. One gathers, too, that he's proudest of a number called "The Clown," which he wrote. It's a combination of drama and music which will be in the show he will present this week at the Phoenix Star Theater. Believes 'Stand'tip Singer Pa!c Wayne believes in hard work. His basic philosophy is "whatever trade you're in, learn it well and work hard at it." He believes that the so-called "stand-up" singer, who sings but does nothing else, is passe. Consequently he and Jerry incorporate considerable comedy in their shows, as well as the drama of "The Clown." His favorite song is "Looking Through a Tear," which was written for him by Bobby Scott and Arty Resnick in 1964. But he never sings it on stage. (He doesn't say why.) Success, he believes, came from three things some breaks, lots of help by stars with whom he has appeared (Jack Benny, George Burns, Danny Thomas, Bobby Darin, for example), and work, work, work. While he credits his opportunity to appear before Jackie Gleason In Phoenix with being the turning point in his career, he returns to the premise that it's mostly work that gets one ahead In show business, assuming he also has talent. About the name of the ranch: "Being Virginians, we always dreamed of a big white house with big white pillars, and we almost bought one out here. "Then we decided to combine Phoenix and Virginia in Nevada, bpught the ranch, and named Ij: Casa de Shenandoah 'Casa' for PhoeniJt, 'Shenandoah for Virginia." 5 i I jf - 3 3 V; JL W fJ -'S Charles Treger Started At Nine Violinist Guest Artist Just two years after his spectacular debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, on Jan. 30, 1964, violinist Charles Treger will make his first appearance with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guy Taylor. The occasion, on Jan. 30 and 31. marks the fifth concert pair of the orchestra's 20th anniversary season. Born in Detroit in 1935, Mr. Treger received his first private instruction on the violin at the age of !). made his first public appearance at 11 and. four years and 100 concerts later, made his professional debut in Detroit. Since then, he has appeared extensively throughout the world. His international career skyrocketed alter he won the coveted Hnryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland in 1962. In 1964 he was soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in more than 30 concerts on a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour through Europe and the Middle East. For his concerts here, Treger will perform Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor. Op. 26. Guy Taylor will also lead the orchestra in performances of Copland's "El Salon Mexico" and Schubert's Ninth Symphony ("The Great"). Information on tickets for Monday evening, Jan. 30, at Gammage Auditorium and Tuesday, Jan. 31. at Phoenix Union, is available at all locations of the Community Box Office. Concerts begin promptly at 8:30 both evenings. Season ticket holders who cannot attend are requested to release their scats. 1 The renowned Juilllard String Quartet w ill he heard In a con rert at 8:13 p.m. today at Ihe Grady Gammage Auditorium, Arizona Slate University. The concert is one of a series sponsored by Phoenix Chamber Music Society. Members of the quartet are Robert Mann and Carl Carlyss, violin; Raphael Hillyer, viola; and Claus Adam, cello. TiieArizonaRepublic . I I J K!i V Sunday, January 22, 1967 (Section N) Page 1 ' ' j l JT 1 . i mM Ed llinkle And Joan Eldridge In 'Aiiltnnn (urden4 ' Former Plays General Griggs, Latter Rose In Scottsdalc Play IW Scollsdalc Play Lillian Hellman's "The Autumn Garden" will be the next production of Scottsdale Community Players. Leah Munson as Constance Tuckerman and William Fstes as Nicholas Denery will have the leads. Leah Munson, with acting credits in the Huntsville, Ala., Little Theater, is making her first appearance in the Valley. Lstes has been active with the Scottsdale Players and Phoenix Little Theater since 1963. In major roles will be Joan Edridge as Rose Griggs, Trudy Hurley as Mrs. Ellis and Fdyc Tucker as Sophie Tuckerman. Joan Eldridge has been active with the Scottsdale group for six years, and Mrs. Hurley has been a favorite with Valley audiences for some time. Edye Tucker is making her first appearance at the Stagcbrush Theater. She has had roles in high school plays and with the Center Players. Others in the cast are Ed I tinkle as General Griggs, Frank N'iemiec as Edward Crossman, Carol Thomas as Carrie Ellis, Mary Mizell as Nina Denery and Sybil Davis as Hilda. Jean Chaille is the director, Nancy Nilsson is stage manager and Arnold Schwalb producer. The play at the Stagcbrush runs Thursday through Jan. 29 and Feb. 3 through Feb. 5. Curtain time is H: 30 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 p.m. Sane days.

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