Musical Comedy Time

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NBC (ended 1951)

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Welcome to the Musical Comedy Time guide at TV.com. Musical Comedy Time was a series of hour long adaptations of Broadway musical comedies and operettas. The show alternated with Robert Montgomery Presents in it's Monday night time slot (9:30/8:30 Central) for the one season it aired. Many well known stage performers, from Broadway and the New York opera scene, appeared on the show which was done live from New York. Cast members of the original Broadway productions often appeared as well. By October 1951 Billboard Magazine was reporting that sponsor Proctor & Gamble was unhappy with the lack of stars in some episodes and "that unless more solid names are injected into the series, as per agreement, it will bow off the show. It also is reported disturbed about lack of sufficient rehearsal on the stanza." In addition to guest stars, musical support was provided by The Ken Christie Singers and the Kevin Jonson Dancers. Harry Sosnik and his Orchestra provided the music. Sosnik also wrote the show's theme song. In 2019 A kinescope of the "No, No Nanette" episode was donated to the Paley Center by the survivors of Bill Harbach, son of Nanette lyricist Otto Harbach. Harbach had requested a kinescope of the program when it initially aired on TV. Air check recordings of other episodes survive at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The recordings are part of the Harry Sosnik collection.

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