Season 5 Episode 1

The American Musical Comedy

Aired Sunday 4:00 PM Oct 07, 1956 on CBS
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The American Musical Comedy
A 90 minute essay on the development of American musical comedy from "The Black Crook" in 1896 to "My Fair Lady" written and narrated by Leonard Bernstein. The program thru narration and staging shows how musical comedy in this country grew from a bunch of unintegrated almost irrelevant songs, which had no connection with the plot into such highly organized musical plays as "South Pacific" where the songs tell the story or "On Your Toes" where the ballet "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" is very much part of the plot.moreless

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