Worrell Sisters

Event Information

New-York Theatre (1866-69)

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 April 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

01 Jul 1867, 8:00 PM
03 Jul 1867, 8:00 PM
04 Jul 1867, 8:00 PM
05 Jul 1867, 8:00 PM
06 Jul 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Last week of this programme.
Tues. and Fri: benefits for T. L. Donnelly and Benj. Baker (other pieces given)

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Buckstone


Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 July 1867, 12.
Review: New York Herald, 02 July 1867.

“Mr. Schonberg's capital burlesque on Arrah na Pogue, which was played for a few nights last year by Lucy Rushton’s company, was revived last night under the auspices of the charming Worrell sisters. Miss Sophie appeared as Beamish McCool, Miss Irene as Arrah Meelish and Miss Jennie as Shaun the Post. There were, of course, plenty of songs, jigs and the other necessary concomitants of a New York theatre burlesque. The scenery was excellent, and the opening piece, the Irish Lion, ditto. Mr. T. L. Donnelly, one of our best burlesque actors, takes a benefit at this theatre to-night.”

Comment: Last week. Benefits on T for T. L. Donnelly (different program) and  for B. A. Baker, “veteran Stage Manager.”

Review: New York Post, 02 July 1867, 2.

“Mr. J. Schonberg’s burlesque of ‘Arrah-na-Pogue,’ played last night at the New York Theatre, is not a very brilliant production; in fact not nearly so good as the piece which it superseded.  Of course the young ladies make the most of what fun there is in it.  Miss Sophie as Bemish McCoul, has very little to do, but Miss Jennie as Shaun the Post and Miss Irene as Arrah Melish are on the stage a great part of the time.  The jig which they dance together is especially worth seeing.  The house was full, as we are pleased to learn it has been during the season.  It would not accord with the fitness of things for such a pretty management to be unsuccessful.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 06 July 1867, 102, 2d col., middle.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 06 July 1867, 104.
Review: New York Post, 08 July 1867, 2.

“A crowded house at the New York Theatre on Saturday evening demonstrated their approbation of the closing performances of the Worrell sisters.  They will retire for needed rest and recreation for a few weeks, after which they will return once more to greet their numerous friends.”

Review: New York Clipper, 13 July 1867, 110, 2d col., middle.

“The Worrell Sisters terminated their season at their theatre on the 6th inst. . . . . During the past week the burlesque on ‘Arrah Na Pogue’ was produced each evening, except Tuesday and Friday, when other pieces were given for the benefits of T.L. Donnelly and Benj. Baker…. The burlesque of ‘Arrah Na Pogue’ was produced with Sophie Worrell as Beamish, Irene as Ariah, and Jennie as Shaun. Except the two benefit nights the attendance during the week was rather slim.”

Review: New York Clipper, 13 July 1867, 110, 3d col., top.

The season at the Worrell Sisters’ New York Theatre closed on the 6th inst., and proved to be a week of substantial benefit to the ladies. On the 2d, Miss Irene was presented with a massive cluster diamond ring, Miss Jennie with an elegant gold watch and chain, and Miss Sophie with an emerald ring surrounded with twelve diamonds, also with a superb pair of bracelets, estimated in the aggregate at about $4,000. These, together with the diamond crescent presented to Miss Sophie a few weeks since, makes their season of nine weeks very profitable.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 20 July 1867, 118, 3d col., middle.

The Worrell Sisters are resting at Pleasure Bay, two miles from Long Branch.