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Fifties' musical a beginner put on in States (5,4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

salad days

Here is my best explanation:

'fifties' musical' is the definition.

I don't understand how the remainder of the clue works.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for salad days that I've seen before include "Carefree youth", "Green term", "Period of youth and inexperience - on lettuce diet?", "Time for a vegetarian diet", "musical", "Youth; heyday", "Period of youth and inexperience - ate lettuce dishes?", "Best time of youth", "Time of youth and inexperience" and "Period of youthful inexperience".)

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