Fifty-Fourth Street Revue

CBS (ended 1950)




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Fifty-Fourth Street Revue

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The Fifty-Fourth Street Revue was a early variety show which was broadcast live from the CBS studios on 54th Street in Manhattan. Each week for one hour, a small troupe of young comedians, singers, and dancers sang and performed original material.

The first host was deejay Jack Sterling. With the broacast of July 7, 1949 comedian Al Bernie became the host. Another comedian, Billy Vine, took over hosting duties on December 9, 1949. Joey Faye became the final host on February 11, 1950. Beginning in September 1949 the show moved to Fridays at 9:00 p.m. and appeared every other week, alternating with Ford Theatre. In late October 1949 CBS announced that the show would end with the November 23, 1949 telecast but the show was kept on the air. After a move to Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. in January 1950 the show survived until March 25, 1950. Though the show is forgotten today, the same cannot be said of some of the cast and crew. This show marked the earliest TV appearances of Carl Reiner. Max Liebman viewed Reiner on a broadcast one week and promptly hired him for Sid Caesar's show. Bob Fosse, who was the male half of the Fosse & Niles dance team, became an acclaimed Broadway director. Show Director Ralph Levy went from this show to California to direct the Ed Wynn, Jack Benny, and George Burns/Gracie Allen programs. And writer Allen Sherman achieved popularity with his comedy folksinger act in the 1960's.

Even the theater became famous-converted to a nightclub in the 1970's, it turned into the trendy Studio 54 disco.moreless