Waverley Theatre

Event Information

Waverley Theatre

Proprietor / Lessee:
Clinton [proprietor] Eddy
John [proprietor] Stetson, Jr.

Price: $75; $.50; $.25

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
25 July 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Sep 1869, Evening
07 Sep 1869, Evening
08 Sep 1869, Matinee
08 Sep 1869, Evening
09 Sep 1869, Evening
10 Sep 1869, Evening
11 Sep 1869, Matinee
11 Sep 1869, Evening

Program Details

New York debut of Walter Bray.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Walter [comedian] Bray
aka New songs; Foreign airs by native artists
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Polly [singer] Daly


Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 September 1869, 11.
Announcement: New York Herald, 06 September 1869, 4.

No mention of music.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 September 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 11 September 1869, 182.
Review: New York Clipper, 18 September 1869, 190.

“Walter Bray made his debut in this city at the Waverly [sic] Theatre on the 6th inst., in his song and dance called ‘Sugar Bob,’ in which he has gained quite a reputation through the country, but we cannot say that we discover anything great about this gentleman—certainly not in this act—to warrant his being called a great comedian. The song of ‘Sugar Bob’ is no better than a great many others old to the stage, nor does Mr. Bray do any different business, sing, or do a dance any better than the majority of song and dance men. He may be a good middle man in the minstrel band for he appears to understand what he is talking about, and as a speaker is at home. In fact, he has the same fault as a negro comedian that Dan Rice has as a clown. He talks too much, and gets out of his element when he indulges in a long star spangled banner rhodomontade, and wearies his audience.”