Theatre Comique

Event Information

Theatre Comique [1867- : 514 Broadway]

Manager / Director:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

Price: $.50

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
7 November 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 Oct 1869, Evening
12 Oct 1869, Evening
13 Oct 1869, Matinee
13 Oct 1869, Evening
14 Oct 1869, Evening
15 Oct 1869, Evening
16 Oct 1869, Matinee
16 Oct 1869, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Stump oration; Any other man
Composer(s): Catlin
Text Author: Delehanty
Participants:  Reynolds Brothers
aka Valking down Broadway
Composer(s): Lingard
aka Up in that backroom
aka Animated photographs; Living pictures of great artists; Living portraits


Announcement: New York Clipper, 09 October 1869, 214, 3d col.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 October 1869, 12.
Announcement: New York Herald, 11 October 1869, 3.

“The Theatre Comique is nightly crowded with the lovers of mirth, frolic and fun. As a varieties theatre the Comique is an unequivocal success. As a legitimate theatre it fell a little short of the mark. For the present week a monster bill is offered, full of variety, spice and novelty.” 

Announcement: New York Clipper, 16 October 1869, 222, 3d col.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 16 October 1869, 223.
Announcement: New York Herald, 17 October 1869, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 23 October 1869, 230, 3d col.

“James Taylor, the London vocalist, commenced an engagement at the Theatre Comique on the 11th inst., appearing in his specialties of ‘Yorkshire Sam,’ ‘Dismal Doleful,’ ‘Humors of a London Assize Court,’ and ‘Simple Simon.’ We have so often spoken of the abilities of this gentleman that we can but repeat what we have heretofore said, that he is one of the most original and pleasing comic vocalists on the stage and his business always takes immensely with the public. Hughey Dougherty did not appear until the 12th, on account of being detained on board the steamer Bristol, that run ashore on the night of the 11th.  He, however, opened on Tuesday in a stump speech and the act called ‘High Jack the Heeler.’ As a stump speech maker Hughey is quite original, and, probably, has no superior in the business. What he says is new and replete with funny things that keep the audience roaring with laughter. The Reynolds Brothers, who opened here on the 11th, did Delehanty and Hengler’s song and dance of ‘Walking in the Starlight,’ and did it well. They are good song and dance men. Sheridan and Mack did a good changeable act. Sheridan, in female attire, sings Mrs. Brennan’s song of ‘When Sammy Comes Home,’ and followed by Mack, in female attire, who sings in rather bad Dutch, ‘Valking Down Broadway;’ Sheridan then appears as a boot black, after which Mack sings Gus. Williams’ song of ‘Up in that Back Room,’ but does not do it as well as Williams. The act closes with a double song and dance of ‘Living Photographs,’ which is very clever. The dancing of Mlles. Augusta and Venturoli was encored several times each evening and the dancers were the recipients of many bouquets. D. L. Morris, G. F. MacDonald and others of the company appear in the farces.”