The Best of Broadway

The Best of Broadway is a 60-minute live television anthology series that aired on CBS Television on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Easter Standard Time from September 15, 1954, to May 4, 1955, for a total of nine episodes. Each show was broadcast live in color from New York City, was an adaptation of a famous Broadway play, and included commercials for Westinghouse featuring Betty Furness.[2] Using a "giant new studio,"[3] plays were presented in front of a studio audience, which contributed a Broadway-like element.[1]

The Best of Broadway
Created byMartin Manulis
Directed byDavid Alexander
Sidney Lumet
Paul Nickell
Franklin J. Schaffner
Herbert B. Swope Jr.
Country of originUSA
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Producer(s)Martin Manulis[1]
Running time60 mins
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1954 (1954-09-15) –
May 4, 1955 (1955-05-04)

This series ran every fourth week, with Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts being aired the other three weeks.[3] After this series, and Ford Star Jubilee (1955–56), CBS largely refrained from color broadcasting until the mid-60's.[4]



Actors appearing in the series included:

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  1. ^ a b Hawes, William (2001). Filmed Television Drama, 1952–1958. McFarland. pp. 22–23. ISBN 9780786411320. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ CTVA entry
  3. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (1999). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (7th ed.). New York: The Ballentine Publishing Group. p. 89. ISBN 0-345-42923-0.
  4. ^ entry

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