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Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database

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Indiana University Digital Library Program
Indiana University Digital Library Program
20th Century

The Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database documents more than a half-century of opera, operetta, and musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States. The database traces performance programming from early live presentations on experimental TV stations, to contemporary productions released on broadcast television. Musicals presented on television can take many forms. A program described as a "TV musical" can range from a complete or adapted Broadway show or original musical written for television, to a situation comedy with a musical format. The database documents full and abridged versions of book shows with both original and borrowed scores, and a sampling of other program forms with limited musical values. The database is an on-going research project. Records will be added and existing records enhanced as new information becomes available.

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  • Telecommunications
  • Dance
  • Film Studies
  • Music
  • Theatre and Drama
  • Public Health
  • American Studies
  • History

Library of Congress Subjects:

Television and the performing arts--United States--Databases.
Television programs--United States--Databases.
Opera--United States--20th century--Databases.
Musical theater--United States--20th century--Databases.