Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

18 Mar 1867, Evening
19 Mar 1867, Evening
20 Mar 1867, Evening
20 Mar 1867, 2:30 PM
21 Mar 1867, Evening
22 Mar 1867, Evening
23 Mar 1867, Evening
23 Mar 1867, 2:30 PM

Program Details

Dick Hollywood appeared on Friday only, thus Glove flight was only played on Friday.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Poole
Participants:  Tony Pastor (role: Harry Stanton; Miss Arabelle Bourbon);  Thomas Grattan Riggs (role: Bill Mawley, the dog fancier)
aka Grand glove fight; Grand glove tournament
Participants:  Sam Collyer;  Dick Hollywood


Advertisement: New York Herald, 17 March 1867.

“Grand Ballet, The Turkish Slave Market, new Songs by Tony Pastor.”

Review: New York Herald, 20 March 1867.

“Amusements. Tony Pastor’s Opera House. The Working girls of New York, a sensational drama, in one act and five scenes, is upon the bills at this establishment, and is drawing crowded houses. There are three rollicking young fellows in the piece, who always happen most opportunely to be on hand when needed to protect the girls from the vile machinations of a villainous employer and the last scene is laid in Jones’ Wood, to which place these same three amiable young men have taken the girls for a nice little picnic, which terminates with a dance and the death of the villain before mentioned. The piece is exceedingly funny, and abounds in striking hits and ludicrous situations.” 

Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 March 1867.

Cast information.

Second ad: correspondence between Abner Faulkner and Tony Pastor about Sam Colyer fighting Dick Hollywood on Friday night.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 March 1867.

More information on Colyer-Hollywood “grand glove tournament.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 23 March 1867, 398.
Review: New York Herald, 23 March 1867.

“Amusements. Tony Pastor’s Opera House. The announcement that Mr. Sam Colyer and Mr. Dick Hollywood would give an exhibition of the ‘manly art’ last night at Tony Pastor’s Opera House drew together one of the largest assemblages that ever collected in that establishment. After some excellent negro delineations and singing by Tony’s corps, Mr. Wm. Jones introduced Messrs. Colyer and Hollywood, dressed in the costume of the ring. On time being called they advanced to the centre of the stage. For a short period both were cautious; but after a few feints Hollywood got in with the right on Colyer’s left cheek and was admirably countered on the ribs. During the exhibition Hollywood again got home effectively on the same spot. The display though not as scientific as was anticipated, yet showed Colyer to be a quick hitter and gave general satisfaction.”