DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Signed by the Author > Broadway in the Box: Television's Lasting Love Affair with the Musical
By Kelly Kessler /
September 29, 2020 /
Posted in: SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR /
By: Kelly Kessler, College of Communication
"Broadway in the Box" shines a television-centric light on the cross-industry presence of a seminal American art form as it works to unearth, explore and analyze pockets of more than 70 years of programming, which embraced and satirized the musical in its various forms. Some such small screen moments took the form of Mary Martin and Ethel Merman’s battling duet on 1953's Ford 50th Anniversary, decades of Broadway on The Ed Sullivan Show, 11 seasons of musical celebrations on The Carol Burnett Show, Fame, Cop Rock, and the resurgence of live television musicals in the 2010s. In the end, Broadway has always been in the box; someone just needed to plug it in to see what was on.