[Asche, Oscar. (1871-1936) & Anderson, Percy. (18510-1928)]

"Chu Chin Chow: A Musical Tale of the East" - Souvenir Program

New York: The Sackett & Willhelms Corporation. 1917. Souvenir program for a 1917 performance of Oscar Asche and Frederic Norton's 1916 musical comedy Chu Chin Chow.  The program, which features striking gold-tinted and relief-printed illustrations on the front and back cover, includes several lushly printed full-color costume renderings by costume designer Percy Anderson, and a lengthy synopsis of the show.  32 pp.  Middle sheet present but separated, else in fine condition.  9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm.).

Chu Chin Chow opened at His Majesty's Theatre in London on August 3, 1916, where it ran for a record-setting five years and 2,238 performances. 

From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications. (20910)

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