Waverley Theatre

Event Information

Waverley Theatre

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
3 May 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Dec 1869, Evening
07 Dec 1869, Evening
08 Dec 1869, Evening
09 Dec 1869, Evening
10 Dec 1869, Evening
11 Dec 1869, Evening

Program Details

: Program also features “New Ballads by the Great Vocal Quartet” (the members of the quartet are not provided in the citations). Bideau performs “La Marseillaise” in costume (but costume not described in citations).

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Chant de guerre pour l’armée du Rhin; Marseillais' Hymn
Composer(s): Rouget de Lisle
Text Author: Rouget de Lisle
aka Shoo fly don't bother me; Shu fly don't bother me; Shew fly don’t bother me
Composer(s): Howard


Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 December 1869, 12.
Announcement: New-York Times, 05 December 1869, 5.
Announcement: New York Herald, 06 December 1869, 7.

“Minstrelsy, too, is looking up, but no special change of bill is announced for the present week at any of the halls. The fact is they all continue to be patronized so liberally that scarcely any change is at present necessary. Fun, frolic and nonsense are the features at each, and so long as these are kept fresh, just so long will our minstrel halls continue to be crowded. At Bryant’s we have the great ‘Shoo Fly’ song and dance; at the San Francisco Allen and Leggett still leg it, and at the Waverley ‘the grand combination’ do all sort of things in the way of song, dance and sketches.”

Announcement: New York Post, 10 December 1869, 1.

General complaint in a column of “Musical Gossip”: “‘Shoo fly,’ the popular minstrel song of the day, is the most stupid and idiotic of musical and verbal twaddle; but it has caught the public ear to a marvellous [sic] extent.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 11 December 1869, 286.

Allen, Pettingill, Delehanty, and Hengler “appeared the past week to a succession of fair houses, and many of their sets were heartily encored… Part second commenced with ‘The Peace Jubilee,’ introducing a full brass band, which was deserved encored.”