New Idea

Event Information

New Idea, The

Proprietor / Lessee:
J. C. Curran

Price: $.25

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
5 April 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Jun 1863, Evening
09 Jun 1863, Evening
10 Jun 1863, Evening
11 Jun 1863, Evening
12 Jun 1863, Evening
13 Jun 1863, Evening
13 Jun 1863, 2:30 PM

Program Details

Mr. [John Dogherty] J. Doherty, Irish comedian [performed SAT]

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  A. M. Hernandez
aka Dancing master from Paris; French dancing master, The [petite comedy]
Participants:  A. M. Hernandez
Participants:  A. M. Hernandez
aka Dear mother I've come home to die
Composer(s): Tucker [comp.-cond.-voc.]
Text Author: Bowers
Participants:  Gustavus Geary


Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 June 1863, 7.
Hernandez “in his wonderful performance of the DANCING MASTER AND GUITAR SOLO.”
Announcement: New York Clipper, 13 June 1863, 67.
“Then came a Fox, both cunning and keen, who proposed an entire change of the scene; with minstrelsy, vaudeville, pantomime here, he opened the house with the name ‘New Idea.’  But the people of New York are not apt to take hold of an idea that’s new, until they’ve done with the old; and that’s why it’s not prospered as well as it might, and why the house isn’t filled every night.  Fox is out of it now, for some time has been-o, in Phillymaclink, at Fox’s Casino, Mr. Curran has charge of the ‘Idea’ just now, and with Hernandez and others gives a very fair show; but the people don’t show as thick as they ought—perhaps it’s because they don’t give it a thought, with the draft hanging over them, ready to cover them, unless, for a release, they’re ready to fork out three hundred a piece.” 
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 13 June 1863, 71.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 June 1863, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 June 1863, 7.
Says the following week (06/15/63-06/20/63) was John Senia’s SECOND week, so this would have been his first.