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Broadway Open House

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Broadway Open House was an informal late-night variety program, the forerunner of The Tonight Show and The Jack Paar Show, which opened locally on NBC in New York on 22 May 1950.

Entertainers dropped in to perform at their leisure between other appearances. In addition to the top ranking guest stars, promising newcomers performed on the show.

Morey Amsterdam was in charge of the proceedings on a semi-permanent basis. On 20 June 1950, Jerry Lester was added to the permanent cast, alternating with Amsterdam.

Dagmar joined the show permanently the same month and she and Lester stayed with the show until its end on 24 August 1951.

Regular cast members included: Milton Delugg, Dave Street, Ray Malone and Wayne Howell.