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Chauve-Souris (Vaudeville revue)

Chauve-Souris (Vaudeville revue): programs.

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Mixed materialSupervised use MWEZ+ n.c. 5429Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Mixed materialSupervised use MWEZ+ n.c. 5428Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre


Additional Authors
  • Sayler, Oliver M., 1887-1958
  • Rogers, Will, 1879-1935
  • Lardner, Ring, 1885-1933
  • Connelly, Marc, 1890-1980
  • Caesar, Irving, 1895-1996
  • Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937
2 bound volumes : illustrations; 32 cm or smaller
Thirty three programs in two volumes documenting appearances between 1922 and 1943 in New York, London, Manchester, and Paris by Nikita Balieff's Chauve-Souris company, also known as the Bat Theatre of Moscow, a traveling troupe of emigré Russian cabaret and variety performers, produced first by F. Ray Comstock and Morris Gest and later by Leon Greanin through an arrangement with Madame Balieff.
In honor of George Freedley
  • Theater programs.
  • Playbills.
  • Programs for earlier editions of the revue at the 49th Street and Century Roof Theatres (N.Y.) utilize Nicolai Remisoff's caricature of Nikita Balieff as a bat for cover art. Some programs feature advertising for Russian-themed entertainment and dining and contain feature articles on Russian performing arts, including Oliver Sayler's article on the Moscow Art Theatre, An introduction to the world's foremost theatre. Some include advertising for the popular shimmy dancer Gilda Gray in her nightclub act, the "dance of the South Seas."
  • Programs for editions of the late 1920's include the addition of an undescribed entertainment called The talking pictures of 1929, staged by Morris Gest, with a scenario by Will Rogers, Ring Lardner, Marc Connelly and Irving Caesar, featuring a show curtain painted by the illustrator Carl Link that depicts Ralph Barton's caricatures of performers, celebrities, and other notables of the day. The curtain is shown in color in MWEZ+ n.c. 5429, Item 8, a large format souvenir program, which has a key to identify the caricatures.
  • Item 5 in MWEZ+ n.c. 5428, a 1922 program for the 49th Street Theatre, contains an advertisement for Norman Hapgood's series of articles in Hearst newspapers first detailing the anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic propaganda of automobile industrialist Henry Ford, The inside story of Henry Ford's Jew-mania. [A collection of these articles can be found in the Norman Hapgood Papers at the American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, in New York. Other papers of Norman Hapgood are held by the Library of Congress. The papers of Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood, a Russian translator and Hapgood's second wife, are held by The New York Public Library.]
  • Compiled and bound by The New York Public Library.
Call Number
MWEZ+ n.c. 5428-5429
  • 1052898641
  • 1052898641
Chauve-Souris (Vaudeville revue): programs.
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Added Author
Sayler, Oliver M., 1887-1958, author. An introduction to the world's foremost theatre.
Rogers, Will, 1879-1935, author. Talking pictures of 1929.
Lardner, Ring, 1885-1933, author. Talking pictures of 1929.
Connelly, Marc, 1890-1980, author. Talking pictures of 1929.
Caesar, Irving, 1895-1996, author. Talking pictures of 1929.
Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937, author. Inside story of Henry Ford's Jew-mania.
Research Call Number
MWEZ+ n.c. 5428-5429
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