Waverley Theatre

Event Information

Waverley Theatre

Proprietor / Lessee:
Charley White

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
20 November 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

18 Oct 1869, Evening
19 Oct 1869, Evening
20 Oct 1869, Evening
20 Oct 1869, 2:00 PM
21 Oct 1869, Evening
22 Oct 1869, Evening
23 Oct 1869, Evening
23 Oct 1869, 2:00 PM

Program Details

Grand opening week.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Bleecker
Participants:  Charley White
Participants:  Charley White
aka Terrific trapeze; Swinging trapeze
aka Lightening Zouave drill
aka Stump oration; Any other man


Announcement: New York Herald, 02 October 1869, 3.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 09 October 1869, 214, 3d col.

For 11 Oct.

Announcement: New York Herald, 11 October 1869, 3.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 16 October 1869, 222, 4th col..
Announcement: New York Herald, 17 October 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 18 October 1869, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 18 October 1869, 9.
Announcement: New York Post, 18 October 1869, 2.
Review: New York Herald, 19 October 1869, 3.

“This neat, cosey little establishment was reopened last night under the management of Mr. Charles White, and, if any idea can be formed from the evening’s performance and the numbers who were present, the Waverley theatre under the present management will prove a decided success. It was crowded almost to excess. An excellent entertainment was furnished and all who witnessed it were well pleased. Charley White made his appearance in a favorite character and received a warm greeting when he first came upon the stage. In response to the call of his many admirers he made a neat little speech, which was well received. The company engaged by the management is a strong one. Several New York favorites are among the number. One feature particularly in the entertainment is that it is devoid of any of the vulgarities and coarseness so often associated with variety performances. Dancing, singing, gymnastic feats, burlesque, negro minstrelsy and farces comprise the greater portion of the programme. For the enjoyment of fun, frolic and a hearty laugh the Waverley theatre can be well recommended.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 23 October 1869, 230, 4th col..
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 23 October 1869, 231.
Review: New York Clipper, 30 October 1869, 238, 3d col. .

“Andy Leavitt was also good in his several acts, as was Ada Alexander, vocalist. This lady has not appeared in this city for some time. She possesses a voice well adapted for the variety business, has a pleasing face and sings well, but her style of songs is not good enough for her. Jennie Benson was capital in her Irish songs and dances, particularly her clog dancing. Mlle. Ricci is a pleasing danseuse, and J. H. Budworth appeared under the disadvantage of laboring under a severe cold. J. S. Forbes’ drum solo and Serg’t Burke’s Zouave drill were both pleasing acts. Harry Bloodgood appeared in several songs and dances and in a stump speech.”