Waverley Theatre

Event Information

Waverley Theatre

Manager / Director:
Thomas E. [actor/mgr.] Morris

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
28 December 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

29 Jun 1869, 8:00 PM
30 Jun 1869, 8:00 PM
01 Jul 1869, 8:00 PM
02 Jul 1869, 8:00 PM
03 Jul 1869, 8:00 PM

Program Details

“Inauguration of the summer season.” The Rigl sisters did not appear on Tuesday (06/29/69); the reason for this is not provided in the citations.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 27 June 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 28 June 1869, 8.

No mention of music.

Announcement: New-York Times, 28 June 1869, 5.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 28 June 1869, 5.
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 28 June 1869, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 29 June 1869, 12.
Review: New York Herald, 30 June 1869, 4.

Positive review; no mention of music.

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 30 June 1869, 5.

No mention of music. Notes the Rigl sisters did not dance on Tuesday evening.

Review: New York Post, 01 July 1869, 2.

Long review, focusing mostly on Zoe De Lave’s performance. It concludes: “The musical department of the Waverley Theatre needs overhauling. Some of the orchestral efforts last night were provocative of general mirth. Now that the Tammany is closed, there is no reason that the Waverley should not supply a very pleasant feature of summer entertainment.”

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

Brief and very difficult to read.

Review: New York Clipper, 10 July 1869, 110.

“A Brief Summer Season was commenced at the Waverley Theatre on Tuesday evening, January [sic] 29th. The attraction presented consisted of Asa Cushman and wife—Minnie Jackson—in two protean sketches… The performances were preceded by about the worst attempt at orchestral music it has ever been our misfortune to listen to. There were about eight pieces, with a party thumping on a piano, but no director. Playing in harmony, we do not believe, was thought of, for each one appeared to be practicing a different composition.”