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
Did You Know?
Mary Martin's star role as Peter Pan in the Broadway musical "Peter Pan" was a phenomenal success. However, while the production was still performing prior to Broadway, in Los Angeles, a deal was made for the musical to be broadcast on the NBC Television network 90 minute anthology series "Producers' Showcase" that aired every fourth Monday. The musical "Peter Pan" opened on Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on 20 October 1954, with a limited run of 152 performances, closing 26 February 1955, closed so that it could be broadcast on television, although box office continued to be strong throughout the Broadway run. The aim of the "Producers' Showcase" was to broadcast expensive color spectaculars to promote the new color television system developed by NBC's parent company RCA. On Marh 7, 1955, NBC presented "Peter Pan" live as part of "Producer's Showcase" as the first full-length Broadway production on color TV. The television show attracted a then-record viewing audience of 65 million viewers, the highest ever up to that time for a single television broadcast program. Marry Martin won an EMMY Award for the television production. So well received that the musical was re-staged live for television on 9 January 1956. Both of these broadcasts were produced live and in color, but only black-and-white kine-scope recordings survive.The telecast special followed with rebroadcasts in 1956, and in 1960 with the same stars, production costumes and scenery. The re-staged 1960 telecast had new children in the cast because the original kids had grown to old for their parts. See more
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Written by Noël Coward
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