The Musical Comedy which helped win World War I RETURNS to play Malvern Theatre
Australian born, OSCAR ASCHE, created a sensation when he wrote CHU CHIN CHOW. With music by Frederic Norton, it opened at His Majesty’s Theatre, London, on 31st August 1916 and ran for five years and a total of 2,238 performances (more than twice as many as any previous musical), an astonishing record that stood until the 1950’s.
Based (with minor embellishments) on the story of ALI BABA AND THE 40 THIEVES, it became an important addition to boosting the morale at home in England during World War I. Especially, for the many troops on leave from the front, it became a
“must see” show.
Some background videos about Chu Chin Chow.
A promo video featuring sections of the 1934 film
this video with highlights from the soundtrack
this longer video of music highlights
Also this AustLit weblink, catalogues a great deal of background and past productions
Chu Chin Chow Images
A Collection of historic Chu Chin Chow images
Not seen in Melbourne for over half a century, GSOV is presenting CHU CHIN CHOW in the centennial year of its first production, 2016, as a musical within a play. Written by MELVYN MORROW, and directed and choreographed by ROBERT RAY, the new
version sees great fun in Oscar Asche, selling his musical to the management of J.C. Williamson’s. He describes the action with great flair and panache, and takes part himself. Out of his imaginative descriptions, real singers and dancers
emerge, and act out scenes and songs from the musical.
After playing at Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Phoenix theatre Elwood, you now have a second chance to see this brilliant show.
Malvern Theatre, 29 Burke Road, Malvern
Performances: Saturday 26 November, 2PM and 8.15PM; Sunday 27 November 3PM
Concession: $20 (Health Concession, Students, Pensioners, Seniors card holders only. Please present your card with the ticket at the door)
Child (15 years old and under): $15
REVIEWS: Australian Stage review.
GSOV's Chu Chin Chow Full Production Credits
|Chu Chin Chow
|Oscar Asche as ABU HASAN
|Cecil Humphreys as KASIM BABA
|Wensley Russell as ALI BABA
|Herbert Brown as NUR-AL-HUDA ALI
|George Ide as ABDULLAH
|Mason Wood as BABA MUSTAFA
|Arthur Styan as CHU CHIN CHOW/ABU HASAN
|Eardley Turner as MUKBIL
|Pearl Ladd as ALCOLOM
||JESSICA LESLEY HARRIS
|Jessie Page as MAHBUBAH
|Kitty Reidy as MARJANAH
|Sarah Doran as ZAHRAT AL-KULUB
|DAVID VELLELY, LARRY DALTON, CHRIS McINNIS, LOU MONTERET, GIANFRANCO FILONZI, ANDREW McGRAIL, PAUL TOOBY, ADRIAN GLAUBERT, JONATHAN RUMSAM
|LAUREN STANNARD, GEORGIA VELLELLY, MEREDITH WEI, SARAH COSSEY, ELENA SANINA
|RICH MERCHANT WIVES
|ROBYN PIDCOCK, ELIZABETH BARRY, ELIZABETH McREA, JACQUI MALONEY