Li-Pi Tchou, the Grand Eunuch's son, and his wife Chee-Chee flee from Pekin because the young man, about to succeed his father, doesn't care to meet the usual condition of employment. On their journey they are set upon the tartars, monks, and brigands . Chee-Chee is carried away but Li-Pi Tchou rescues her. Then the Great Eunuch catches up with his son and order him to prepare for the great office. Chee-Chee and her friend Li-Li Wee arrange for a friend to first kidnap and then substitute for the surgeon. "Patient" and "doctor" play dominoes during the "operation".
1 Chee Chee peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical
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"In Chee-chee we are doing away with the ordinary idea of the musical comedy dance routines and chorus numbers stencil. Here we dare to write a musical not as a music opera bouffe with recitative, but with little songs some of them not a minute long.
This new musical technique of Richard Rodgers insures the continuity of our story. The libretto by Herebert Fields is far from commonplace with a heroine who dares to be sophisticated and even a naughty little baggage. In decor too we shall attempt to garish overloading of the stage, but we shall decorate our stage with pictures that are refreshing in simple and pristine beauty."
Lorenz Hart from Philadelphia Public Ledger (26/08/1928)
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