Black Crook

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Price: $1 parquet and dress circle; $.50 family circle

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
4 May 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

01 Jul 1867, 8:00 PM
02 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, 1:00 PM
06 Jul 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

William Wheatley, lessee and manager.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 01 July 1867, 7.
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 01 July 1867, 4.

“Mr Wheatley, in the far-off wilderness of mighty London, may comfort himself with the reflection that 'The Black Crook' still copiously draws the multitude at Niblo's Garden. 'Age cannot stale nor custom wither.' Those beauties of the ballet, that long ago led captive the young of the town, still dazzle, still conquer, still trip among the rainbows, and gather, and group, and melt away around the silvery mirror of the fairy lake. The grand carnival and masquerade scene, that was lately introduced, works now more smoothly than at first, and contributes, in a liberal measure, the element of mirth, to highten [sic] by contrast the charm of romance. The closing scene is still gorgeous. Would that some manager would ever do as much for one of Shakespeare's plays, as has been done at Niblo’s for the ballet and spectacle of ‘The Black Crook.’ But the great future is always before us; and perhaps the never-resting spirit of American enterprise may some day take that turn. Meanwhile, the Sultan can sit in Niblo's Garden, while the beautiful dancing-girls flit before him, and the enchanted land opens and dazzles his vision, and cataracts pour, and roses bloom, and music turns the air to ravishment.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 06 July 1867, 104.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 13 July 1867, 110, 2d col., bottom.

Two principal danseuses from the ballet left on the 4th to join a Chicago production of the “Black Crook.”