Theatre Comique

Event Information

Theatre Comique [514 Broadway]

Proprietor / Lessee:
Charley White
Sandy [proprietor] Spencer

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
28 December 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

28 Jun 1869, Evening
29 Jun 1869, Evening
30 Jun 1869, Evening
30 Jun 1869, 2:00 PM
01 Jul 1869, Evening
02 Jul 1869, Evening
03 Jul 1869, Evening
03 Jul 1869, 2:00 PM

Program Details

“Mr. Joseph Emmett as the Dutch Orpheus. Mr. Joseph Irving in two splendid characters. Mr. Chas. Abbott in his comic entertainment.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Craven
Participants:  Joseph [actor, manager] Irving (role: Jasper Pidgeon)
Participants:  Joseph Kline Emmet
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Joseph Kline Emmet


Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 June 1869, 11.

“Positively one of the coolest theatres in America; unequaled in point of ingress or egress, and pronounced by the visitor the easiest, most accessible and comfortable place of amusement in the city.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 28 June 1869, 8.

“The Theatre Comique, under Manager White’s régime, is meeting with deserved success. An entire change of bill, including many novelties, is announced for the present week, not the least attractive of which is Emmett’s ‘Dutch Orpheus.’ Two other pieces, besides various sketches, are upon the programme.”

Review: New York Herald, 30 June 1869, 4.

Positive review of entire program. “Between the pieces Mr. Joseph Emmett introduced an original sketch; in the course of which he performed on twelve different instruments. Emmett has established himself as a great favorite at this house, and his performances on the various musical instruments prove him a musician of no mean ability, and are scarcely less wonderful than his Dutch personations.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 03 July 1869, 102.

Brief; notes change of program.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 03 July 1869, 103.
Review: New York Clipper, 10 July 1869, 110.

As the “Dutch Orpheus” (listed here as “Comic acts” on the program), Emmett “performs on the clarionet, violin, cornet, harmonicon, bagpipes, snare drum, banjo, with song, and finishes with ‘Home Sweet Home,’ with variations, on the harmonicon. He plays all these in pleasing manner. His song called ‘Thomas Cat,’ sung on the 1st inst., while playing on the banjo, might be omitted in future. The words are not suitable for a lady audience to listen to.”