The season finale of this series of programs about the world of theater, hosted by Mike Wallace, featuring interviews, scenes, and musical numbers from current and upcoming productions. This edition centers on the accomplishments of the 1953-1954 theatrical season. Highlights include the following pre-recorded segments, among others: Lilo sings "I Love Paris" from the musical "Can-Can"; Deborah Kerr comments on balancing her life; Bob Sylvester makes predictions for the 1953-1954 season; Claude Rains and Joan Greenwood perform brief excerpts from T.S. Eliot's "The Confidential Clerk"; Sir Cedric Harwicke comments on the theme of "The Burning Glass"; Katharine Cornell performs a brief excerpt from her current show; Oscar Hammerstein II comments on the importance of collaboration; Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, Alfred Drake, and Yul Brynner pay tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein; Richard Rodgers thanks the actors who have brought his work to life; Isabel Bigley and Bill Hayes sing "No Other Love" from the musical "Me and Juliet"; Margo Jones talks about the importance of community theaters across the country; Ingrid Bergman comments on her return to the stage; Noel Coward discusses the London theatrical season; Hermione Gingold comments on what happens when comedy is transferred overseas; Harry Belafonte sings a song from "John Murray Anderson's Almanac"; Audrey Hepburn discusses her recent role as a Water Sprite in "Ondine"; Mel Ferrer comments on his current role; David Wayne and John Forsythe discuss the audience's reaction to "The Teahouse of the August Moon" and then perform a scene from the play; Alfred Drake sings "Fate" from the musical "Kismet"; John Patrick accepts the Drama Critics Circle Award for his play "The Teahouse of the August Moon"; Phil Silvers, Jack Benny, and Danny Kaye comment on the obstacles facing new young comedians; Victor Borge performs an excerpt from his stage routine; Carol Channing discusses how she came to succeed Rosalind Russell as the lead in the musical "Wonderful Town"; Kaye Ballard sings "Lazy Afternoon" from "The Golden Apple"; Eddie Cantor pays tribute to Florenz Ziegfeld; Brooks Atkinson remembers the recently deceased Eugene O'Neill; Fritzi Scheff sings "Kiss Me Again"; Ben Gazzara performs a monologue from "End as a Man"; RenŽe (Zizi) Jeanmaire discusses her nerves on the opening night of "The Girl in Pink Tights" and then sings "When I Am Free to Love"; Kevin McCarthy performs in a scene from "The Seagull"; Shirley Booth comments on the "death" of the The Empire Theater; and Basil Rathbone portrays the character Prospero in tribute to The Empire Theater. Also, throughout the show Wallace reviews the successes and failures of the theater during the 1953-1954 season. Includes promos and a public service announcement.


  • DATE: May 2, 1954 Sunday 5:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:00:49
  • COLOR/B&W:
  • CATALOG ID: R78:0219
  • GENRE: Radio - Variety
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - Radio series, 1953-1954
  • COMMERCIALS: Radio - Promos - "Jack Benny Show"^Radio - Promos - "Lux Radio Theatre"^Radio - PSA - Payroll Savings Plan


  • Howard G. Barnes … Producer
  • Bruno Ziroto … Director
  • John Dietz … Director
  • Bob Corcoran … Writer
  • Mike Wallace … Host
  • Bob Hite … Host
  • Kaye Ballard … Performer
  • Harry Belafonte … Performer
  • Isabel Bigley … Performer
  • Victor Borge … Performer
  • Katharine Cornell … Performer
  • Alfred Drake … Performer
  • John Forsythe … Performer
  • Ben Gazzara … Performer
  • Joan Greenwood … Performer
  • Bill Hayes … Performer
  • Jeanmaire, Renee (See also: Jeanmaire, Zizi) … Performer, Guest
  • Lilo … Performer
  • Kevin McCarthy … Performer
  • Claude Rains … Performer
  • Basil Rathbone … Performer
  • Fritzi Scheff … Performer
  • David Wayne … Performer
  • Jack Benny … Guest
  • Ingrid Bergman … Guest
  • Shirley Booth … Guest
  • Yul Brynner … Guest
  • Eddie Cantor … Guest
  • Carol Channing … Guest
  • Noel Coward … Guest
  • Mel Ferrer … Guest
  • Hermione Gingold … Guest
  • Hammerstein, Oscar, II … Guest
  • Cedric Hardwicke … Guest
  • Audrey Hepburn … Guest
  • Margo Jones … Guest
  • Danny Kaye … Guest
  • Deborah Kerr … Guest
  • Mary Martin … Guest
  • John Patrick … Guest
  • Ezio Pinza … Guest
  • Richard Rodgers … Guest
  • Phil Silvers … Guest
  • Bob Sylvester … Guest
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