Ford Star Jubilee: Season 1, Episode 2

Together with Music (22 Oct. 1955)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music
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Martin and Coward largely worked separately, after opening with Noël's specially written title song "Together with Music" and "Ninety Minutes is a Long, Long Time". Coward shows audiences ... See full summary »




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Episode credited cast:
Peter Matz ...
pianist on camera, as Himself -


Martin and Coward largely worked separately, after opening with Noël's specially written title song "Together with Music" and "Ninety Minutes is a Long, Long Time". Coward shows audiences his rapid-fire recitatives of his own comic songs like Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Uncle Harry, Nina and The party's over now, the latter a duet with Mary Martin, and a medley of some of his more sentimental material. Martin shines on a medley of songs from her stage triumph "South Pacific", and a reprise of Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." Together at the end, they do a lengthy and somewhat chaotic medley of old favorites. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Music




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22 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Between December 1954 through March 1955, William S. Paley, founder of Columbia Broadcasting System Radio and the Television Network, negotiated to inaugurate a new CBS television series, a spectacular color television live special program to counter National Broadcasting Company Color Television Network's live "Producers' Showcase" series. NBC inaugurated the live televised-program-series on 18 October 1954, a dramatic color broadcast production of Noël Coward's play "Tonight at 8:30" starring Ginger Rogers, electronically transmitted from NBC Television's New York City studio. Both the NBC and CBS networks scheduled their 90 minute color specials once a month. During the early 1950's not all of NBC's television product was broadcast in color, NBC becoming a full color network in the late 1950s. William "Bill" Paley approached Noël Coward about starring in three of these ninety minute CBS Spectacular Live Color Specials. Noël Coward's managers Lance Hamilton and Charles Russel negotiated with Bill Paley and CBS-TV - New York, to pay Noël's TV production company $450,000.00 to produce the three specials. Noël's American television appearance was scheduled after Noël's Las Vegas Desert Inn (3 June-4 July, 1955) cabaret concert appearance. Noël's first CBS commitment would coincide with the CBS inaugural new "Ford Star Jubilee" special live color television series. The first "Ford Star Jubilee" special featured (#1.#1) "The Judy Garland Show" broadcast in color Saturday night 24 September. from CBS' Hollywood Television City - Studio 43, in California. (#1.#2)"Together with Music" starring Noël Coward and Mary Martin was a color broadcast the next month on Saturday night 22 October, from CBS' New York City - Studio 72, Broadway and 81st Street. Noël Coward had also been approached by Chrysler ($600,000) and General Motors offering him more money to perform on television. Noël, hesitant, decided on the lesser fee since he was more comfortable with the CBS offer. Paley insisted that Noël's first television appearance be based upon his Las Vegas Desert Inn Hotel and Casino concert act material. Noël agreed proposing his close friend Mary Martin to appear in the 90 minute musical special with him. Mary delighted with the proposition, agreeing to share the CBS stage. The 41-year-old Martin was fresh from her Broadway and NBC-TV triumph in the musical "Peter Pan". After Las Vegas, Noël returned to Jamaica on Friday 9 September. Peter Matz arriving later on Sunday 11 September, followed by Mary Martin and her husband/manager Richard Halliday on Tuesday 13 September, with Noël - to develop, write, compose, arrange - orchestrate the television show material. Upon first hearing the two new songs "Together with Music" and "Ninety minutes is a long, long time", Mary objected to the opening "Together with Music" song. Noël, during the night, rewrote the music and lyrics for "Together with Music". Noël scripted the entire 90 minute musical-concert-play; Noël staging, directing, rehearsing, memorizing the script with Mary; daily, pianist-arranger-orchestrator Peter Matz rehearsed Noël and Mary for their television special. The last Saturday 24 September night in Jamaica, giving a cocktail party, Noël and Mary performed the show to test an audience reaction to their material. After the cocktail party guests departed, Noël remarked "Mary was magical. She performed like she was giving a command performance". Mary and Richard returned to the mainland the next day, Sunday 25 September. This "Ford Star Jubilee - Together with Music" color television program broadcast from New York - was the "first color show" transmitted from New York, CBS television Network. This telecast copied during the network-electronic-transmission in black-and-white-kine-scope is the only example of Noël Coward and Mary Martin performing his famous cabaret concert material on film, his rapid-fire recitatives of his own comic songs and medleys. After Noël's arrival In New York on 5 October, in studio rehearsals, Noël blocked every technical aspect of the camera positions related to Noël's staging and blocking of the TV concert act. The camera dress rehearsals in front of a live studio invited audience were performed first on Thursday night 20 October, repeated Friday night 21 October, each recorded on B&W kine-scope. The kine-scope processed during the night, reviewed the following Friday, and early Saturday morning by Noël, Mary and the entire technical crew. Noël gave the camera crew his notes. The studio booth camera-director Jerry Shaw accepted Noël's pick-up shot notes. After resting in their hotel rooms that Saturday afternoon, Mary and Noël returned to the CBS studio stage, performing their concert act in front of a completely new invited live CBS studio audience. Afterwards, one of the first telephone calls came from Marlene Dietrich, in Las Vegas, ecstatic and praising the performance. "Together with Music" proved the public would stay tuned-in to a ninety-minute television program with only two entertainers holding their own in a networks time slot schedule. The show played against ABC's broadcast of "The Lawrence Welk Show" and NBC's "Jimmy Durante Comedy Show". The NBC Jimmy Durante telecast won the night's viewer's ratings reward. Lawrence Welk's ABC telecast tied with CBS' Together with Music ratings numbers. See more »


Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Peggy King & Art Linkletter (1955) See more »


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