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Chinatown Opera Theater in North America$
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Nancy Yunhwa Rao

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040566

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040566.001.0001

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A Sucessful, Majestic Stage

A Sucessful, Majestic Stage

The Mandarin Theater, 1924–1926

(p.215) Chapter 9 A Sucessful, Majestic Stage
Chinatown Opera Theater in North America

Nancy Yunhwa Rao

University of Illinois Press

Mandarin Theater’s opening in 1924 was remarkable for it was the first Chinese theater built after the 1906 earthquake and fire. This chapter provides a detailed look at the first three years of the Mandarin Theater’s music, performers, and productions as it evolved from a small, struggling theater into a significant cultural institution. In particular, from the elaborate architectural details, to fundraising activity, and to the city tax paid by the Mandarin Theater during the first ten months of the theater, it was clear that the theater was extremely ambitious.

Keywords:   Mandarin Theater, fundraising performance, Diamond Jubilee Parade, sequel opera, ticket price, cross-dressing, Mu Dansu, comic opera, stage design

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