Tony Pastor's Opera House
Minstrel, Variety / Vaudeville
18 April 2016
“This popular place of amusement was crowded last evening with a highly appreciative audience. The entertainment was of the usual diversified character, the best features of the minstrel troupes being pleasingly relieved with clog and ballet dancing, acrobatic feats, and short dramatic pieces. The farce of The Black Man with the Black Bag still continues to excite the risible faculties of the audience to a degree positively dangerous, the closing and impressive demon scene being especially relished. The entertainment concluded with the grand spectacular and patriotic extravaganza of The Fairies of the Hudson. Tony himself, however, remains the great attraction in his own theatre, and he was called and recalled again and again.”
“It is something on the style of the ‘Seven Sisters,’ who come up from the mighty deep to see the sights on earth. The extravaganza opens with a submarine grotto under the Hudson River. The corps de ballet appear in a divertissement, surrounded by Neptune, his two sons and Hendrick Hudson to visit the earth and see New York.” A detailed description of the extravaganza’s plot and scenes follows.