|The Best of Broadway|
|Created by||Martin Manulis|
|Directed by||David Alexander|
Franklin J. Schaffner
Herbert B. Swope Jr.
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Running time||60 mins|
|Original release||September 15, 1954 –|
May 4, 1955
The Best of Broadway is a 60-minute live television anthology series that aired on CBS Television on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time from September 15, 1954, to May 4, 1955, for a total of nine episodes. Each show was broadcast live in color from New York City, was an adaptation of a famous Broadway play, and included commercials for Westinghouse featuring Betty Furness. Using a "giant new studio," plays were presented in front of a studio audience, which contributed a Broadway-like element.
This series ran every fourth week, with Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts being aired the other three weeks.
The series originated from CBS Television Studio 72 at WCBS-TV. Martin Manulis was the initial producer, and Paul Nickell was the director. David Brookman was in charge of the music. In February 1955, Felix Jackson became the producer when Manulis began producing Climax!.
|1||The Royal Family||George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber||September 15, 1954||Charles Coburn, Claudette Colbert, Helen Hayes, Fredric March, Nancy Olson|
|2||The Man Who Came to Dinner||George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart||October 13, 1954||Joan Bennett, Margaret Hamilton, Buster Keaton, Bert Lahr, Merle Oberon, ZaSu Pitts, Monty Woolley|
|3||Panama Hattie||Cole Porter, Herbert Fields, B. G. DeSylva||November 10, 1954||Art Carney, Ethel Merman|
|4||The Philadelphia Story||Philip Barry||December 8, 1954||Mary Astor, Herbert Marshall, Dorothy McGuire|
|5||Arsenic and Old Lace||Joseph Kesselring||January 5, 1955||Billie Burke, Helen Hayes, Edward Everett Horton, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre|
|6||The Show-Off||George Kelly||February 2, 1955||Carleton Carpenter, Jackie Gleason, Thelma Ritter|
|7||The Guardsman||Ferenc Molnár||March 2, 1955||Claudette Colbert, Margaret Hamilton, Franchot Tone|
|8||Stage Door||George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber (adapted by Gore Vidal)||April 6, 1955||Rhonda Fleming, Elsa Lanchester, Diana Lynn, Victor Moore|
|9||Broadway||George Abbott, Philip Dunning||May 4, 1955||Joseph Cotten, Piper Laurie, Gene Nelson, Akim Tamiroff, Keenan Wynn|