Original theater poster of 1928
|Book||The Son of the Grand Eunuch, by Charles Pettit|
|Premiere||September 25, 1928: Mansfield Theatre|
2003 14th Street Y, Manhattan
Chee-Chee is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart based on the 1927 book, The Son of the Grand Eunuch, by Charles Pettit. Chee-Chee opened on Broadway September 25, 1928, and the show closed after 31 performances.
In 1928 Herbert Fields wrote a libretto based on Pettit's book in which the son of the Grand Eunuch, Li-Pi, and his wife, Chee-Chee, are forced into exile when the Grand Eunuch announces his plan for Li-Pi to become a eunuch and take his father's place as the Grand Eunuch. Chee-Chee is captured and rescued, and Li-Pi is captured and rescued, and finally the musical ends happily.
Two acts, seven scenes.
- We're Men of Brains
- I Am a Prince
- In a Great Big Way
- The Most Majestic of Domestic Officials
- Holy of Holies
- Her Hair Is Black as Licorice
- Dear, Oh Dear
- Await Your Love
- Joy Is Mine
- I Wake at Morning
- I Grovel to Earth
- Just a Little Thing
- You Are Both Agreed
- Owl Song
- I Must Love You
- I Bow a Glad Good Day
- Better Be Good to Me
- The Tartar Song
- Chee-Chee's Second Entrance
- Finale (Act I)
- Khonghouse Song
- Sleep, Weary Head
- Singing a Love Song
- Monastery Opening
- Chinese Dance
- Living Buddha
- Moon of My Delight
- Dominic Symonds, We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart, chapter 8
- Chee-Chee Theatre Program, New York Public Library Digital Collections
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- Geoffrey Block, The Richard Rodgers Reader (Oxford University Press, 2006), pp 45-47
- Gerald Bordman, American Musical Theater: A Chronicle (Oxford University Press, 2001), pp 492-493