Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
8 November 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Jun 1869, Evening
15 Jun 1869, Evening
16 Jun 1869, Evening
16 Jun 1869, 2:30 PM
17 Jun 1869, Evening
18 Jun 1869, Evening
19 Jun 1869, Evening
19 Jun 1869, 2:30 PM

Program Details

Benefit of Frank Kerns on Tuesday (06/15/69); benefit of John Mulligan on Wednesday evening (06/16/69); benefit of T.J. Riggs on Thursday evening (06/17/69); benefit of Collier and Graver on Friday (06/18/69). Premiere of New York shop girls. As per the New York Herald review, School featured “several conspicusous local characters…including Mr. Charles A. Dana, William M. Tweed, James Fisk Jr., and George Francis Train.”

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 June 1869, 9.

“An entirely new local drama…Illustrative of the trials and temptation of human life; how hard task masters grow rich upon the wasting of lives of the poor.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 14 June 1869, 7.

“Tony Pastor, as usual, announces another new drama for this evening at his popular Opera House, entitled, ‘The New York Shop Girls.’ The piece is said to be highly flavored with the spice of sensation, and must prove a winning card for the enterprising management.”

Review: New York Herald, 15 June 1869, 7.

Positive review; no mention of music. “The performance closed with a new local drama, entitled, ‘The New York Shop Girls,’ presented for the first time, and which was the old story or [sic] ‘old wine in new bottles.’”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 June 1869, 12.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 17 June 1869, 12.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 19 June 1869, 86.

Notes all the benefits.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 19 June 1869, 87.
Review: New York Clipper, 26 June 1869, 94.

Part of announcement for following week’s performances at Tony Pastor’s. “The benefits at this establishment the past week were not all very liberally patronized. Frank Kerns led off with a densely crowded house, followed by T.G. Riggs, who had a fair turn out. John Mulligan did not have a very good house, neither did Collier and Graver; but the house of the week was that on Satudray night when ‘Dody’ Pastor, the treasurer, put forth his cause. Saturday night is always the bset night in the week, which was in his favor.”