American Theatre

Event Information

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

Proprietor / Lessee:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

Manager / Director:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

Price: $.25; reserved, $.50

Event Type:
Minstrel, Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
7 April 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

28 Oct 1867, 8:00 PM
29 Oct 1867, 8:00 PM
30 Oct 1867, 8:00 PM
31 Oct 1867, 8:00 PM
01 Nov 1867, 8:00 PM
02 Nov 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 28 October 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 31 October 1867, 3.

“The plantation jig of Johnny Ryan was a fine piece of dancing. The ballet troupe is also quite a feature of the evening’s entertainment. And the Shipwreck, or the Pearl of the Ocean, was loudly applauded. Songs, dances, and delineations of negro character were invariably encored. The American theatre presents a fine programme, and the theatre promises fair to continue playing to a full house for some time.”

Review: New York Clipper, 02 November 1867, 238.

“Johnny Thompson, song and dance man, now at Butler’s American, is said to receive a salary of one hundred and seventy-five dollars per week. This is a big figure, and one that cannot be taken as a criterion.  Johnny will no doubt sing and dance for that as long as Butler can stand it.” 

Review: New York Clipper, 09 November 1867, 246.

“Crowded houses were the rule and not the exception every evening last week at Butler’s American Theatre.”