New Idea

Event Information

New Idea, The

Price: $.50 orchestra and balcony; .25 other seats

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
14 July 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

06 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
07 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
08 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
09 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
10 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM
11 Jul 1863, 2:30 PM
11 Jul 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Ballet of the Dream includes the following dances:
Introduction (Mme. Marzetti)
Variation (Mme. Desiree)
Adagio and variation (Mme. Marzetti)
Variation (C. Mathieu)
Waltz (The Corytheses)
Grand scarf dance (Mme. Marzetti, Desiree, C. Mathieu, corps de ballet).

Harrison’s extemporaneous song was encored. He performed a war song as the encore and that was encored as well. He performed a topical song as the final encore.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Tight rope exercises; Perpendicular rope act; Tight rope divertissement; Corde tendu; Corde elastique
Participants:  Mathilde Marzetti (role: Terpsichore, the Goddess of the Dance);  Camille Mathieu (role: A shepherd);  Desiree [dancer] Mathieu (role: Aralina / Acalina)
aka Favorite ballads ; Ballads and warblings; Beautiful ballads
Participants:  Gustavus Geary
aka Grand pas de deux
Participants:  Joseph Marzetti (role: White Knight);  W. [New Idea] Franklin (role: Doctor / Landlord);  William B. Harrison [comic singer] (role: Gentile);  Ada Clifton (role: Chief of the Sorcerors);  Antonio Grossi (role: Chevalier de Miroquel);  Esther [pantomimist] Martinetti (role: Gertrude, Rosalie's governess);  Philippe Martinetti (role: Chevalier le Grand);  Albert Martinetti (role: Green Monster);  Edouard Velarde (role: Harlequin);  Virginia Charini (role: Landlady);  Camille Mathieu (role: Chevalier Maroo);  Desiree [dancer] Mathieu (role: Rosalie, Daughter of Miroquel)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 29 June 1863, 7.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 04 July 1863, 91.

“Mr. Curran announces the production on the 6th of July of the pantomime of the ‘Green Monster,’ with new scenery, properties, &c., and the Martinetti Troupe have been engaged for the principle parts.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 July 1863, 9.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 09 July 1863, 7.

Full program given.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 11 July 1863, 99.

 “The management of ‘The New Idea’ have struck upon a good idea in having with commendable and liberal enterprise, secured the services of the great Martinetti Family and Troupe of Pantomimists, calculating to give the best and most popular pantomimes, ballets, and spectacular pieces in a style not to be excelled.  On this (Monday) evening, July 6, the famous trick and fairy pantomime, entitled ‘The Green Monster and White Knight,’ is to be given, with new scenery, etc…Surely with such attractive performances as such a talented company is competent to give, the inner temple of the New Idea should be filled at each representation, and its prosperity should be equal to that of any time while it was known as Wallack’s Theatre.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 July 1863, 7.

Review: New York Clipper, 18 July 1863, 107.

“On the 10th inst. we paid a visit to the New Idea. . . . The ballet was the next feature, of which we shall say nothing.  The dancing, however, of Mme. Marzetti—formerly with the Ravels—and Velarde, fully compensated for all previous short comings in the terpsichorean line.  Marzetti, although stouter than when last with us, is still as symmetrical as formerly, her actions as replete with grace and as charming as ever.  The light footed Velarde supported her well in the dance, and gave us some of the quickest and most difficult as well as the most scientific movements with the foot, we ever saw attempted.  He pirouettes beautifully and is without any doubt one of the very best male dancers ever seen on the American stage.  He has such complete control over his muscles and limbs as though he was on pivots.  Mr. Gustavus Geary followed in a favorite ballad, and received a hearty encore, as he deserved, for he is a very sweet singer.  J. Senia’s performance on the wood and straw piano was very cleverly done.  Mr. W.B. Harrison, the extemporaneous singer, then appeared in a comic song, and receiving an encore favored the audience with a song upon the war times; this was heartily encored, and he sang another song apropos of what was passing in his immediate vicinity, which was capitally rendered.  The fairy pantomime of the ‘Green Monster,’ concluded the evening’s bill.  Julian, as the Knight; Philippe as Chevalier, and Velarde as Harlequin, were very fine.  The Martinettis for versatility, quickness of perception, grace and elegance of performance, are really excellent.  We should have been pleased to have seen a larger attendance, for the artists engaged here deserve patronage, and ought to be rewarded nightly with crowded audiences.”