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- Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach were both producers of the show, "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the summer of 1963 Vanoff,…
[show]Nick Vanoff and William O. Harbach were both producers of the show, "Hollywood Palace", with Rita Scott as associate producer on the musical variety series. During the summer of 1963 Vanoff, Harbac, and Scott had produced a Bing Crosby special, taped at NBC-Burbank, with James Trittipo (production designer) and Hub Braden (art director) as part of the production team. ABC-TV wanted a prestige variety program on its schedule. The Jerry Lewis 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. After the network canceled "The Jerry Lewis Show", Vanoff and Harbach were hired to replace the time slot with a musical variety show. Part of the deal was tied with keeping Crosby as a semi-permanent host, alternating with Hollywood celebrity talents, agreeing to both host and perform as a special performance event. Other performers would fill the evening's bill of acts. The NBC (summer) Crosby Special production team was reassembled to prepare and renovate the stage for "The Hollywood Palace". This required the exterior "Jerry Lewis Show" marque to be replaced with a new "The Hollywood Palace" identification sign, as well as creating a new proscenium configuration for the new variety show's home-base format. Grey Lockwood was the director (he directed every program in the show's seven-year run). The theatre was turned around for the first show 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 studio's 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 (IV) was the lighting designer and James Trittipo was the production designer for the show's entire seven-year run.
- After being canceled by ABC in the spring of 1970, the show was never re-broadcast in a re-run/repeated series format because of the musician's union contract fees, as well as the…
[show]After being canceled by ABC in the spring of 1970, the show was never re-broadcast in a re-run/repeated series format because of the musician's union contract fees, as well as the entertainer/actor rerun fees. The program was just too expensive for any network or for any independent marketing format.
- 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…
[show]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.