Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
20 December 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

05 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
06 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
07 Oct 1868, 2:30 PM
07 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
08 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
09 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM
10 Oct 1868, 2:30 PM
10 Oct 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Debut of Millie Turnour, teen gymnast.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New York Clipper, 03 October 1868, 206.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 October 1868, 4.
Review: New York Herald, 05 October 1868, 7.

“Tony Pastor offers his countless patrons another wonderful attraction this week in the person of Mlle. Turnour, the ‘Female Leotard’—a graceful and sensational gymnast—who, in all probability, will craze the gamins de Bowery and set them to work trying all sorts of astonishing feats upon awning bars and lamp-posts. ‘The Constitution, or the Sailor’s Duty,’ is the title of the new drama for this evening.”

Review: New York Herald, 07 October 1868, 7.

“The entertainment presented by Tony Pastor last night to his patrons was varied, excellent, and extensive. The bill was replete with fancy and clog dancing, comic singing and nigger delineations. Tony himself in his vocal discussion of ‘The Topics of the Day’ was received with the applause he merited. The performance of Miss Millie Turnour, better known as the Female Leotard, on the trapeze constituted the great feature of the evening’s amusement. This graceful, youthful and daring athlete made her first appearance in this city on the occasion. The ordinary feats performed on the single bar, such as the suspension of the body by the foot or arm, were executed by her with perfect ease. Newer and more difficult feats were also essayed, and shile the bar osciliated rapidly to and fro like a pendulum she balanced herself on it on one foot without any aid from her hands, astonishing the spectators with the ease and confidence she displayed. She also knelt on the bar while in motion. Her final feat of slowly descending, head foremost, a rope suspended from the flies without any assistance from her hands, and with one foot only twined around it, called forth round after round of applause. The evening’s entertainment concluded with a new semi-nautical drama, entitled ‘The Constitution, or a Sailor’s Duty,’ in which Mr. G. W. Thompson, in the leading rôle, kept the audience in a roar of laughter by his excellent delineation of a Jack Tar’s freaks on shore. The other characters were also pleasingly taken, and the piece, though short and ending somewhat abruptly, was most favorably received.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 10 October 1868, 215.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 10 October 1868, 214.

“Alice Siedler, a clever comic vocalist, has also been engaged in place of Jennie Engel, who goes to New Orleans. All the other old favorites appear. Little Nell closed her engagement on Sept. 26th.”

Review: New York Clipper, 17 October 1868, 222.

Comments on debut of Millie Turnour, a teen gymnast. “The regular variety business was also given, concluding with a farce. The house was filled each evening, and on some occasions uncomfortably so. Tony has done a big business since the present season opened.”