White Fawn

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
William Wheatley

Howard Glover

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
8 October 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 May 1868, Evening
12 May 1868, Evening
13 May 1868, Evening
14 May 1868, Evening
15 May 1868, Evening
16 May 1868, Evening
16 May 1868, 1:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New York Herald, 09 May 1868, 3.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 10 May 1868.
Announcement: New-York Times, 10 May 1868, 5.
Announcement: New York Herald, 11 May 1868, 3.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 11 May 1868, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 12 May 1868, 8.

“In this seventeenth week of the success of ‘The White Fawn’ what more is left to be said about about Mark Smith as King Dingdong, Vining Bowers as Lord Twaddledum, Miss Fanny Stockton as Aqualina, with the songs composed for her by Howard Glover (‘Fairy Call’ and ‘Bridal Morn’) or of ‘The Yellow Empire’ and the ‘Enchanted Lake of the Sycamores,’ ‘The Fish Kingdom,’ ‘The Loves of Martha and Lionel’ or ‘The Fire Fly’ and the ‘Farragut Matelot,’ except that in these last two ballets Mlle. Maria Westmayler, première danseuse of Jarrett and Palmer’s Viennese Ballet Troupe, made, last evening, not unsuccessfully, her first appearance in New York? In the third act, however, Mlle, De Rosa made her first appearance in America—an event in the history of ballet in this country. In the grand pas de deux with M. Van Hamme, as well as in the new ballet d’action, ‘The Artist’s idol,’ composed by M. Costa, Mlle. De Rosa amply justified the title given to her on the programme of ‘Renowned Star Première Assoluta.’ In neither Turin, Florence nor Milan can Mlle. De Rosa have been more heartily applauded than she was last evening for steadiness of pose, elasticity of step or gracefulness of motion. Her first appearance in America was deservedly a decided success. We need hardly add that Mlle. Augusta Sohlke danced her inimitable Hungarian Polka with all her wonted verve, or that the souplesse and grace of la petite Schlaeger were as greatly admired as ever.”

Review: New-York Times, 12 May 1868, 4.

“After illustrating the poetry of motion for the New-York public during a period of twenty months, Mlle. BONFANTI has retired from Niblo’s Garden, and departed on Saturday evening for the far West, and is this week capering for the entertainment of the iron melters and coal miners of the Allegheny region in Pittsburg. Her position in the ‘White Fawn’ ballet was assumed last evening by Mlle. ROSA. Quite a large audience witnessed the debut of the new-comer. Mlle. ROSA has a girlish face and Southern features; she appears to be as unsubstantial as down, and traverses the stage as a feather does the air. Hew gymnastics are quite equal to those of her precursor—although there is less originality in the figures of her dance. Her motions are altogether easy, however, and are as graceful as the modern method of stage dancing permits. Her powers of endurance upon a single toe are quite extraordinary. Another new dancer—Mlle. WESTMAYER [sic]—also made her first appearance in the metropolis last evening. She sustained the retired BONFANTI’S place in the sailor ballet—the ‘Farragut Matelot,’ with a great deal of animation. She is a pleasant blonde, and dances with all the spirit peculiar to her temperament. Both debutants were recalled after their dances to receive those floral offerings now incidental to the nightly performances at Niblo’s. Miss LUCY EGGERTON’S illness necessitated the substitution of Mrs. MARK SMITH in the part of Prince Leander. The new dancers will appear every evening.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 12 May 1868, 8.

No mention of music.

Review: New York Herald, 13 May 1868, 4.

“Sohlke is nightly encored in the Hungarian Polka at Niblo’s.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 16 May 1868, 46, 2d col., middle.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 16 May 1868, 47.
Review: New York Clipper, 23 May 1868, 54, 3d col., bottom.

Discusses new dancers; no mention of music.