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  • Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach were both producers of the "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the Summer of 1963, Nick Vanoff, Bill…
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    Nick Vanoff and Bill Harbach were both producers of the "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the Summer of 1963, Nick Vanoff, Bill Harbach, and Rita Scott had produced a Bing Crosby Music Special, taped at NBC-Burbank, with Jim Trittipo (production designer) and Hub Braden (art director) as part of the production team. ABC-TV wanted a prestige variety program on their schedule. The "Jerry Lewis Variety Show" began the ABC 1963 fall schedule, moving into the Vine Street Theatre, completely renovating the theatre, stage and video facility at a cost of $400,000.00! After canceling the "Jerry Lewis Show", Vanoff and Harbach were hired to replace the time slot with a musical variety show as a replacement. Part of the package, was tied with Bing Crosby as a semi-permanent host, alternating with Hollywood celebrity talents, agreeing to both host and perform as a special performance event. Other vaudeville performers would fill the evening's bill of acts. The NBC TV (Summer) Crosby Special production team were reassembled to prepare and renovate the stage for "The Hollywood Palace". This required the exterior Jerry Lewis Show marque to be replaced with new theatre sign "The Hollywood Palace" identification, as well as creating a new proscenium configuration for the new variety show's home-base format. Grey Lockwood was the director, who directed every program in the seven year program's series of shows. The theatre was turned around for the first show in less than six weeks after the Lewis Show was canceled. The proscenium's metal framed chasing light configuration was built by an independent Hollywood metal sign company. The stage proscenium, drapery, footlights, and scenery were built and installed by the studios' production services departments, which included construction, scenic, property, drapery, and special effects. ABC Engineering provided all the technical camera crew and tape editors. Jack Denton was the lighting designer for the entire seven year series run. Jim Trittipo was the production designer for the entire seven year series.
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  • During rehearsals, the guest host usually stood on the left camera side of the proscenium, with a high stool for the host to be seated. The prop master provided water or a soda pop beverage.…
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    During rehearsals, the guest host usually stood on the left camera side of the proscenium, with a high stool for the host to be seated. The prop master provided water or a soda pop beverage. When Joan Crawford hosted, she would carry her own "Pepsi Cola" which was already open, and spiked with vodka, onto the stage. The beverage relaxed Joan without any problems. During the taping of the show, the prop master provided the "spiked soda"! Joan Crawford was a very gracious lady. After each of Joan Crawford's Hollywood Palace appearances, every member of the crew and staff received a personally hand written thank you note, sent from her New York address. Kate Smith insisted that her "cola" be carried out by the prop master, unopened! Kate did not want any rumors that her can of soda was spiked! Kate Smith carried a Kodak brownie camera during her show engagement, snapping pictures throughout her rehearsal and the taping of the show. Upon completion of Kate's host assignment, each crew and staff member received a "Kodak moment" with their picture as they were performing their show assignment; included with the small photograph was Kate's personally signed thank you note. These two personalities were the only hosts during the six seasons to send a personal thank you to each member of the crew and staff of the Hollywood Palace.
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  • All the "acts" performing on the Hollywood Palace television show were video-recorded and performed on the HP stage, or in the adjacent parking lot, with only one exception. Converting the…
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    All the "acts" performing on the Hollywood Palace television show were video-recorded and performed on the HP stage, or in the adjacent parking lot, with only one exception. Converting the ABC TV stage-studio into a color facility during the summer of 1966 shut the stage down. Vanoff booked Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev for the third season, third show hosted by Fred Astaire. Only available during the month of June, 1966, the Proscenium was duplicated by ABC Scenic Services, and sets built for their performance of the Black Swan pas de deux, from the Swan Lake ballet. These scenic elements, including the stage's apron brass footlights, were shipped and set up at the CBS Television City Studios, Beverly Blvd at Fairfax in Hollywood. Rehearsing the dance on the CBS stage, Nureyev and Fonteyn found the standard shiny gray vinyl floor "impossible to perform upon". Hub Braden covering the taping, had the CBS construction/scenic shop replace the vinyl with a 4'x8' Masonite sheets, which were turned over, reversing the shiny finish to the material's backside pebble texture. Accepting this substituted dance floor, Fonteyn and Nureyev performed their segment with Astaire introducing them from his Hollywood Palace proscenium host area. The segment was placed in ABC's Bank Vault until the show was taped and edited, airing October 2, 1966.
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