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- A few of the Las Vegas comedians appearing on the show required the Art Director to adjust or camouflage a prop they used in their routine. In one instance a comedian sat at a grand piano…
[show]A few of the Las Vegas comedians appearing on the show required the Art Director to adjust or camouflage a prop they used in their routine. In one instance a comedian sat at a grand piano flipping through the sheet music binder on the piano's music rack. Inserted between the sheet music pages were "Playboy" magazine centerfolds, featuring naked models. To comply with the network's Standards and Practices department--i.e., the censors--between dress rehearsal and the air show the assistant art director made paper doll clothes for each model shown in the photograph, covering her with clothing and bathing suits.
- 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.
- During the first two (televised in black and white) seasons, Liberace performed as a guest with Jimmy Durante (host -#16-4/18/64) and with Milton Berle (host -#11-12/4/66). Liberace…
[show]During the first two (televised in black and white) seasons, Liberace performed as a guest with Jimmy Durante (host -#16-4/18/64) and with Milton Berle (host -#11-12/4/66). Liberace performed as host (during the second mid-season B&W -#15-1/9/65) with Edward G. Robinson in a dance routine of "Me And My Shadow"; Shani Wallace, and Rowan and Martin (comedy team) were guests. In the third "color season", Vanoff built Liberace's second host assignment as a "Liberace Special Appearance" (season -#22-2/26/66); featuring a different piano from Liberace's piano collection in each of his keyboard segments. The art department design team met with Liberace at his Hollywood Boulevard Sunset Strip home to review the collection. Liberace's Louis XIV style concert grand piano case instrument was the show's opening showcase, featured on a 2-step (12" high) semi-circular platform, with double (framed) doors featured at the platform back edge. After the first opening piano number, the double doors snapped closed, revealing a mirrored double door setting. A musical dance number featuring Hollywood Palace Showgirls concluded the show's opening number. A honky-tonk upright featured Liberace performing New Orleans' piano jazz. Liberace also performed on his Ebony Black Baldwin Concert Grand with the 1" thick plastic-glass raised on the clear glass stick. This Baldwin was Liberace's West Coast performance grand piano with his crystal candelabra, which had a duplicate twin piano, located on the East Coast (in storage, used on his Eastern Coast appearances, Candelabra included). The HP design team rented four other candelabras for the other instruments used during the show's segments. Lee considered pulling his pipe organ, to use on the show as well, but Jim Trittipo convinced Liberace the show would need another TV musical hour. The honky-tonk upright piano was stored in the residence's subterranean hillside-garage. Liberace, conducting the seek-the-piano-house tour, explained to the design team his leisure past time home decorating hobby; gluing gold tassel fringe to all the pieces of furniture, to the ceilings crown molding, to the window draped lambrican headers, as well as painting moldings with gold paint. The afternoon house tour was memorable.