Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
21 April 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

02 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
03 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
04 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
05 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
06 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM
07 Nov 1868, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Tony Pastor (role: Jim Nassau, a sidewalk speculator);  George W. Thompson (role: Daddy Grey, a ragpicker);  Addie LeBrun (role: the foundling in the street)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 November 1868.
Review: New York Herald, 05 November 1868, 7.

“With a rapidity which only tact, judgment and a true appreciation of the feelings of his many patrons, Tony Pastor manages to get through a programme every night which might reasonably be divided between half a dozen places of entertainment. Negro sketches, songs, dances and characteristic selections are still in high favor and rewarded with loud tokens of approbation. Not the least interesting portion of the bill of fare last evening was the excellent performance of the Coutellier Brothers, whose daring yet easy and graceful gymnastic feats evoked well earned applause. ‘New York Before and After Dark,’ a local drama, though not remarkable for its literary ability, was nevertheless well received for the many well directed hits it contained. Tony as ‘Jim Nassau’ was equal to the arduous and classical rôle, and was well supported by the company.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 07 November 1868, 246, 3d col., bottom.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 07 November 1868, 247.
Review: New York Clipper, 14 November 1868, 254, 3d col., top.

“A most laughable act called the ‘Cow-bell-O-Giana’ was performed last week, introducing Billy Sheppard and Johnny Thompson in a sonic double violin solo, which was not only cleverly executed but was loudly applauded. Although Alice Seedler is a pleasing vocalist she should stop singing political songs, for they never add to the popularity of anyone. While some may be pleased there are many of a different opinion. As the political struggle is over she should quit struggling for applause through such a source.  Tony Pastor has also got a weakness this way. It is just as easy to please the entire audience with a good song, as only one half, as is generally the case with those of a political nature.”