(New York: Dancey-Davis Press, 1922). Original edition. Wraps. quarto; pp; 32; illustrated with color and black and white plates, several by Serge Sudeikine (Sergei Sudeikin, N. Remisoff; Ralph Barton centerfold caricature of the audience, a who’s-who of the society crowd; original printed pictorial color paper wrappers; one page trimmed to margins but complete textually and with illustration, tape reinforcement in the gutters, chipping at the top edge, else, a good or better copy;. Good +. Item #16479
In 1922 La Chauve-Souris made its first tour to America, through an arrangement with the producer Morris Gest. La Chauve Souris performed on Broadway from February 1922 to June 1922 (153 performances) and January 1925 to March 1925 (61 performances) in productions produced by F. Ray Comstock and Morris Gest. Balieff was featured on the cover of Time magazine. The shows consisted of songs, dances, and sketches, most of which had been originally performed in Russia. Balieff, as master of ceremonies for the show, was known for his feigned lack of English on stage. His monologues and introductions were delivered in a mix of Russian, French, and English language and slang coupled with much gesticulation. However, in private Balieff's English was better than that of his stage persona. The Rockettes' annual "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" mimics the original Chauve-Souris choreography.