Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
18 April 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
22 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
23 Sep 1868, 2:30 PM
23 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
24 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
25 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
26 Sep 1868, 2:30 PM
26 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Mons. Szollosy, ballet director.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Pastor


Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 September 1868.
Announcement: New York Herald, 21 September 1868, 4.

“Tony Pastor has transplanted the fashionable and much admired ‘Grecian Bend’ to his popular temple, where he brings out this evening a new musical burlesque entitled, ‘Wide Awake, or a New York Boy in China.’ The piece abounds in songs, jokes, and hits of the times, and will undoubtedly prove successful.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 26 September 1868, 198.

“Billy Sheppard, having recovered sufficiently from his late sickness to enable him to strut the boards once more, reappears at Tony Pastor’s Opera House this evening.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 26 September 1868, 199.
Review: New York Clipper, 10 October 1868, 206.

“‘Wide Awake’ is the title of a musical burlesque produced at Tony Pastor’s Opera House during the past week. Tony Pastor played Wide Awake, a Bowery boy, who having made a balloon ascension, lands in China and somewhat surprises the inhabitants thereof. The action of the piece turns upon the hearty welcome accorded the American, and the acceptance of his hand by the Emperor’s daughter. It was an amusing sketch and afforded Tony Pastor and Jennie Engel an opportunity to indulge in considerable singing. In the olio business Johnny Thompson, Billy Emmett, Frank Kerns, and Connors appeared in a negro sketch called ‘Punchenello,’ they were called out five times.  The attendance has been quite large, the house being crowded on Thursday evening during the heavy rain.”