Waverley Theatre

Event Information

Waverley Theatre

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
27 July 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

12 Apr 1869, Evening
13 Apr 1869, Evening
14 Apr 1869, Evening
15 Apr 1869, Evening
16 Apr 1869, Evening
17 Apr 1869, Evening
17 Apr 1869, 2:00 PM

Program Details

The Rigl Sisters performed a pas de deux as part of Ivanhoe.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Suter
Participants:  James [actor, dancer] Lewis (role: Barnaby Bibbs)
Text Author: Byron
Participants:  Mary [vocalist] Pitt (role: Prince John);  Harry [actor and manager] Wall (role: Sir Brian de Bois Guilbert);  James [actor, dancer] Lewis (role: Rebecca);  Elise [vocalist] Holt (role: Wamba);  Emily [vocalist] Pitt (role: Rowena)
aka Grand pas de deux
Participants:  Betty Rigl;  Emily Rigl


Announcement: New York Clipper, 03 April 1869, 414.

“The English Actresses, that have lately arrived in this country, appear to be grievously afflicted as to their health, as several have been prevented from pursuing their business for a time. Elise Holt has been more unfortunate than the rest, as she was laid up a few nights in Boston, and ever since she arrived in this city she has been laboring under great distress; on her first night she was so hoarse that she could scarcely be heard, and for the past two weeks has been confined to her bed. Emily Pitt, a member of the Holt Troupe, has been suffering with a sore throat for the past two weeks, and was unable to appear at all last week.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 09 April 1869, 8.

“The burlesque of ‘Ivanhoe’ is getting on in characteristic fashion, at the Waverly Theater. Ivanhoe always was a conquering warrior. Miss Elise Holt, it is stated, is convalescent—which is good news to her admirers—and will reappear at the Waverly Theater next week.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 10 April 1869, 6.

“Elise Holt was sufficiently recovered from her late illness to walk out, on the 2d inst., for the first time in three weeks. She will make her rentree at the Waverley on the 12th inst., when she will either appear as Wamba, in ‘Ivanhoe,’ or ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ will be revived.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 10 April 1869, 6.

“H. G. Palmer, a gentleman who came to this country with the Elise Holt troupe, sailed for Europe on the 3d inst., on business for Harry Wall.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 April 1869, 13.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 12 April 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 12 April 1869, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 13 April 1869, 5.

“The reappearance of Miss Elise Holt at this bijou theatre, after her late trying illness, was the signal for a full house and the gathering in force of her many admirers. As soon as she showed herself upon the stage she was received with great cordiality and throughout the evening her songs and jokes were enthusiastically applauded.” [Positive review follows; no further mention of music]

Review: New-York Times, 13 April 1869, 4.

Positive review; no mention of music.

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 15 April 1869, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 24 April 1869, 22.

“Elise Holt, having only partially recovered from her last sickness, made her rentree at the Waverly [sic] on the 12th inst., in the character of Wamba, in Byron’s burlesque of ‘Ivanhoe,’ and was greeted by a crowded audience. Her reception was most cordial and her songs were encored several times. Although she is much better than when she was compelled to draw off, she has not entirely recovered, for her voice is still weak. However, she possesses the happy faculty of making herself a great favorite with the audience, talking to them in a free and easy trifling way, that makes her at once ‘an object of interest.’ She is a bright, dashing, graceful little actress, and cannot keep quiet on the stage for a moment. She sang ‘Tassels on the Boots’ and several songs from the burlesque of ‘Lucretia Borgia, M.D.’ Harry Wall reappeared as Sir Brian, and was well received. The burlesque was much better presented than during the previous week, and was witness on the initla night of Miss Holt’s reappearance and throughout the week by crowded audiences.”

Review: New York Clipper, 01 May 1869, 30.

Merely a mention that these performances took place.