Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
10 August 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Apr 1869, Evening
20 Apr 1869, Evening
21 Apr 1869, Evening
21 Apr 1869, 2:30 PM
22 Apr 1869, Evening
23 Apr 1869, Evening
24 Apr 1869, Evening
24 Apr 1869, 2:30 PM

Program Details

First appearance of Lizzie LaGrange. Maggie Fielding sang “Hooped de dooden do” as an encore. Kerns’s impersonations of James Taylor include “Yorkshire farmer,” “Simple Simon,” “Broken-hearted lover,” and “Scene in a London police court.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Impersonations of James Taylor
Participants:  Frank Kerns
Participants:  Tony Pastor
Composer(s): Cooke [cond.-comp.-vocal]
Participants:  John [vocalist] Fielding


Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 April 1869.
Review: New York Herald, 20 April 1869.

“‘Tony’ had a full house again yesterday, both parquet and family circle being crowded to excess. All the comic songs and dances were enthusiastically applauded, especially Miss Maggie Fielding, who ranks with Tony himself as the most popular comic soloist at this house. She was called back to the stage four times, and the audience would not cease in their demand for an encore until she complid with the almost unanimous desire of the hosue and sang a very lively comic ditty, ‘Hoop-de-doodle-do,’ which in acting and mimicry was quite well rendered. The ‘James Tayleure Burlesque’ was a good hit, and the new farce of ‘Bill Tell,’ the ‘Merry Swiss Boy,’ it being so replete with extremely ludicrous situations, witty puns and well put sarcastic allusions to past and present events and characters that the audience could nto well refrain from applauding it enthusiastically throughout.”

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

“Tony Pastor is giving a most attractive and pleasing entertainment at his Opera House in the Bowery. [Review of previous week.] This evening Lizzie LaGrange, song and dance performer, appears. Frank Kerns does a burlesque act this week on James Taylor, the London vocalist.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 24 April 1869, 23.
Review: New York Clipper, 01 May 1869, 30.

“Frank Kerns introduced at Tony Pastor’s Opera House, the past week, not a burlesque but a most excellent imitation of James Taylor, the London Vocalist, in most of his impersonations. He opened with the ‘Yorkshire Farmer,’ followed with ‘Simple Simon,’ the ‘Broken Hearted Lover,’ and ‘Scene in a London Police Court.’ Mr. Kerns’ make-up for the characters was exactly similar to that of Mr. Taylor, excepting that he appeared in cork, which precludes any facial acting, the great feature of Mr. Taylor’s performances. Lizzie La Grange appeared on April 19th in a jig and a song and dance. As a ‘jiggist’ she is not a ‘successist,’ as she executes very few steps, and none of them are new or difficult. In a song and dance she appears to better advantage. The attendance during the past week was excellent.”