ED SULLIVAN SHOW
Ed Sullivan cut a wide artistic swath on Sunday's (16) rendition of his show over CBS-TV. The major event, no matter what age group Sullivan books for, was the Royal Ballet's Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, and for the less-classically inclined there was Britain's Petula Clark.
The tandem of Nureyev and Dame Margot in the pas-de-deux from "Swan Lake" has excited U.S. balletomanes during their current tour. The new production of this dance effort provides a wider range of interpretation. Nureyev opened with the first act solo and Dame Margot followed with a later solo after which they combined for some of the top dancing of the season. In each instance, they displayed a variety of moods encased in skilled dancing. Nureyev's vitality and Dame Margot's delicacy provided a tandem that does Sullivan and video great credit.
Another highlight was the oration of Alan King on the reverse twist of parental interference with the kids. He took the viewpoint that the Little League should be a youthful endeavor rather than a project in which the parents' participation overshadows that of the kids. He made his points with wit and humor, and per-usual to the delight of the listeners.
Petula Clark, one of Britain's top femme singers who clicked with her "Downtown" disking is another reason why the juve market is jumping. She has and exciting voice and although the chirping was designed for the blue-jeans set, she has the potential to click for adults.
Another comedy act was Sue Carson, but it wasn't her night. She has done much better in niteries but switched her script for tv. There was a brief bit of juggling by Hugo Carido, tumbling by the Elwardos and the West Point Glee club provided a stirring start with their rendition of a grou of Civil War Songs.