|The time Leonard Nimoy performed at the Music Hall|
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As Mr. Spock on TV’s “Star Trek,” Leonard Nimoy could be seen every week doing the whole seeking out new life forms and new civilizations thing. But when the show was canceled in early 1969, Nimoy soon found himself in another place that — at first glance — might seem strange: onstage at the Music Hall.
In April that year, Nimoy was a featured performer at Sheriff C.V. “Buster” Kern’s 16th annual Night of Stars show. Now there’s two names I never thought I’d see in the same sentence.
Houston Chronicle TV-radio Editor Ann Hodges got to interview Nimoy during rehearsals. At the time, he was singing “The Sun Will Rise.”
In an April 26 article, Hodges said he was trying it out for the first time before the Houston audience. The song would eventually show up on his 1970 album, “The New World of Leonard Nimoy.”
As Nimoy told Hodges:
“I’m not interested in doing night clubs,” he shrugged. “That takes a very special kind of training, and I haven’t got it. I’ve been offered jobs in Las Vegas and at the Latin Quarter in New York. I’ve turned them down. This is different. These people out here are coming here as my friends from TV. I feel comfortable with them.”
Nimoy is nicely complimentary about what television has done for his image, and right now he’s mulling over the direction his career should take now that Star Trek has run its course on NBC.
“I don’t really know what the fan reaction has been. I haven’t heard from the producers about the mail, but I’ve had some letters myself — fans saying they’re writing CBS or ABC to try to pick up the show. I don’t expect anything to happen, though.”
Four years later, Nimoy would lend his voice to “Star Trek: The Animated Series.”