Humpty Dumpty

Event Information

Olympic Theatre

Proprietor / Lessee:
James E. [manager, proprietor] Hayes

Manager / Director:
James E. [manager, proprietor] Hayes

Event Type:
Play With Music

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
31 July 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

03 May 1869, 8:00 PM
04 May 1869, 8:00 PM
05 May 1869, 1:30 PM
05 May 1869, 8:00 PM
06 May 1869, 8:00 PM
07 May 1869, 8:00 PM
08 May 1869, 1:30 PM
08 May 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Saturday (05/08/69) evening a benefit for Rita Sangali. It seems that "Home, sweet home," "Il Bacio," and "The Maniac" were only programmed at that performance, and marked Sangali's debut as a vocalist.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Fox
Composer(s): Bishop
Text Author: Payne
Participants:  Rita Sangalli
aka Kiss; Kuss, Der
Composer(s): Arditi
Participants:  Rita Sangalli
Composer(s): Russell
Text Author: Lewis
Participants:  Rita Sangalli


Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 May 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 May 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 03 May 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 06 May 1869, 10.

“The venerable ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is growing weak in his myriad legs and is preapring to slip gracefully into retirement. This pale-faced mischievous chap, who has tickled the town with his drollery for over a year, cuts up his last capers on Saturday evening, the 15th inst., when the piece will have reached about 500 representations. The final performance will be for the benefit of Humpty Dumpty Fox, most decidedly one of the greatest clowns extant.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 07 May 1869, 5.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 08 May 1869, 38.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 08 May 1869, 38.
Review: New York Herald, 09 May 1869, 6.

“‘Humpty Dumpty’ had the even tenor of its unruffled way somewhat turned from its usual course last night by the debut of Mlle. Rita Sangali, the popular premiere danseuse, as a vocalist. The occasion marked the first benefit that Mlle. Sangali has even taken in this city, and we are happy to state that she was greeted by a large audience. The fair beneficiary has danced herself into the good graces of the New York public during the nearly 400 representations of the mischievous ‘Humpty Dumpty,’ and last night she succeeded in ingratiating herself still more firmly into their affections by the admirable manner in which she sang L’Arditi Waltz and ‘Home, Sweet Home.’ The last named piece was given in English and brought down the house. Mlle. Rita Sangali has a sweet, pleasing voice, and with the exception of a little nervousness, consequent upon her first attempt to sing in public, acquitted herself in a very creditable manner. During the performance of the pantomime she favored her patrons with a new characteristic dance entitled ‘The Maniac,’ descriptive of a maiden slighted in love, during which she was rapturously applauded. While singing, and again while dancing she was made the happy recipient of various tokens of appreciation from her friends in the audience, not the least of which was a magnificent album, having a suitable inscription upon a gold plate fastened upon one of the corners, two gold bracelets and a superb parasol which sprung from a large basket of flowers, but which was artistically hid beneath a covering of roses that concealed it from view.”