American Theatre

Event Information

American Theatre [472 Bdway--9/67 and after]

Price: $.25, gallery; $.35 parquet, .50 orchestra; $5 private boxes

Event Type:
Minstrel, Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
1 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Sep 1867, 8:00 PM
10 Sep 1867, 8:00 PM
11 Sep 1867, 8:00 PM
12 Sep 1867, 8:00 PM
13 Sep 1867, 8:00 PM
14 Sep 1867, 2:30 PM
14 Sep 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Cousin Snieder (Budworth and cast, described as “his great Dutch specialty”)
Sevilliennes, Les (dance by Mlle. Zuccoli and dancers)

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Cousin Schnider; Cousin Snider; Cousin Schneider; Cousin Schnieder
Participants:  James H. Budworth
aka Sevillianes, Les
aka Lightening Zouave drill
Participants:  Carrie Austin
aka Negro comicalities


Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 September 1867.

“The oldest established place of amusement in the city.”

Review: New York Clipper, 21 September 1867, 190.

“James H. Budworth, the well known Ethiopian comedian, but who, as of late, has dropped burnt cork and aspired to playing Dutch characters, was engaged by Manager Butler, of the American Theatre, to appear in that establishment for one week, commencing on the 9th, in ‘Cousin Schneider.’  He appeared on the 9th, but failed to show up any other night during the week, notwithstanding he was advertised, and his name in the bill to appear every night.  Why he did not appear is unknown to the manager.  This is very wrong for any performer to do, for he not only disappoints the managers, but what is still worse, the public.  If a number of persons go to a performance to see a particular act and do not find the actor there as advertised, they do not inquire the reason, but at once blame the manager for deceiving them.  Managers owe it to themselves for their own protection to be wary in engaging a performer who fails to keep his contract with another manager.  The minstrel part of the entertainment has been greatly improved by the addition of Schwicardi and J. Ricci, and the first part takes well.  The usual variety entertainment is also given.”