This program aired once every fourth week, and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950s. Many stars appeared on this show.
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Between December 1954 through March 1955, CBS negotiated to inaugurate a new "spectacular color television special" program and series to counter NBC Color Television's "Producers' Showcase". NBC had inaugurated October 18, 1954, a dramatic color broadcast production of "Tonight at 8:30" electronically transmitted from NBC Television's New York City studio. NBC and CBS scheduled these ninety-minute color specials once a month. During this time period, not all of NBC's shows were broadcast in color, becoming a full color network in the late 1950s. CBS approached Noël Coward about starring in three of these CBS Spectacular Specials for six hundred thousand dollars, scheduling Noël after his Las Vegas Desert Inn (June 3 to July 4, 1955) cabaret concert appearance. Noël's first CBS commitment would coincide with the CBS inaugural new "Ford Star Jubilee" series. Noël Coward had also been approached by Chrysler and General Motors offering him more money to perform on television. Noël, hesitant, decided on the lesser fee since he was more comfortable with the CBS offer. CBS insisted that Noël's first television special be based upon his London Café de Paris and Las Vegas Desert Inn Hotel and Casino concert act material. Noël agreed proposing his close friend Mary Martin would appear in the ninety-minute musical special with him. Mary was delighted with the proposition, agreeing to share the stage. After Las Vegas, Noël returned to Jamaica with Peter Matz arriving later, followed by Mary Martin and Richard Halliday, to develop, write, compose, arrange, and orchestrate the concert act's material. The first "Ford Star Jubilee" special featured (#1.#1) "The Judy Garland Show" broadcast September 24, 1955 from CBS Television City, Studio 43, Hollywood, California. (#1.#2)"Together with Music" starring Noël Coward, Mary Martin, and Peter Matz on the Steinway Concert Grand piano was broadcast the next month on October 22, 1955 from CBS New York City-Studio 72, Broadway and 81st Street. This color television program broadcast was the first color show transmitted for CBS. This telecast copied during the electronic transmission process in black and white kinescope is the only example of Noël Coward performing his famous cabaret concert material on film. See more