Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

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
08 Dec 1869, 2:30 PM
09 Dec 1869, Evening
10 Dec 1869, Evening
11 Dec 1869, Evening
11 Dec 1869, 2:30 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Shoo fly don't bother me; Shu fly don't bother me; Shew fly don’t bother me
Composer(s): Howard
Participants:  Nelse Seymour;  Frank Kearns
Participants:  Tony Pastor


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

Identifies Poole as the author of Yankee Official.

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.

“Jennie Benson, having returned from her Pittsburgh engagement, re-opens at Tony Pastor’s Opera House this evening. William Sparkes, a strong man, also commences there. Prof. Blume, magician, does a number of feats in magic, and Nelse Seymour and Frank Kearns appear in the new material sensation of ‘Shoo Fly.’ Poole has done up a drama which he calls ‘The Yankee Official’ for the afterpiece.”

Review: New York Clipper, 18 December 1869, 294.

“…Jennie Benson met with a cordial welcome on her re-appearance on the 6th inst. in her clog dancing and Irish songs and dances… Charles E. Collins is an excellent representative of old men characters, his make-up and singing well deserving the many encores he receives.”