Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
3 January 2024

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

12 Apr 1869, Evening
13 Apr 1869, Evening
14 Apr 1869, Evening
14 Apr 1869, 2:30 PM
15 Apr 1869, Evening
16 Apr 1869, Evening
17 Apr 1869, Evening
17 Apr 1869, 2:30 PM

Program Details

First appearance (this season?) of Jennie Benson. Song sung by Maggie Fielding was an introductory song, introducing each member of the company.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka New song
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Pastor
Text Author: Pastor
aka Clog reel
Participants:  Jennie Benson
aka Wild Irish jig
Participants:  Jennie Benson
Participants:  Jennie Benson


Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 April 1869, 12.

Full cast list.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 17 April 1869, 14.

“Tony Pastor commences his spring season at his Opera House in the Bowery this evening, with the following company: [lists cast].”

Review: New York Clipper, 24 April 1869, 22.

“Tony Pastor is giving a most attractive and pleasing entertainment at his Opera House in the Bowery. Tony, who is a host in himself, reappeard the past week in a variety of songs, all of which were encored. Jennie Benson made her first appearance on the 12th, and at once made herself a great favorite. She opened in a clog dance, which was encored three times, and later in the evening an Irish jig and song, which was also encored five times. That she is one of the best female clog dancers no one can deny. Her jig also is very clever. George Wren [sic] is quite a favorite with his banjor solos, for he was called out six times. Maggie Fielding sang a song which introduced each member of the company, also other songs, all of which were cleverly sung. Helene Smith and Mary Gorenflo, two pleasing danseuses, are favorites on the cast [illeg.]. A child of about four years, called Clarence, appeared in a single bar trapeze act, and, for one so young, did remarkably well. John Fielding appeared in Dutch specialties, but his dialect was not good.”