New York Theatre

Event Information

New York Theatre (1863)

B. Fenelon

Price: $.75 orchestra chairs; .50 parquet and dress circle; .25 family circle

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
14 July 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

07 Sep 1863, 8:00 PM
08 Sep 1863, 8:00 PM
09 Sep 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Martinetti and Marzetti Troupe of Pantomimists and Dancers

09/07/63 - Opening night.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Tight rope exercises; Perpendicular rope act; Tight rope divertissement; Corde tendu; Corde elastique
aka Magic star
Composer(s): Ravel
Text Author: Ravel


Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 September 1863.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 September 1863.


Advertisement: New York Herald, 07 September 1863.

     Casts, time, prices.  “Newly painted and decorated.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 07 September 1863, 4.

"The New-York Theatre (formerly Wallack's, corner of Broome-street and Broadway,) will open to-night for a regular season.  It has been newly decorated and improved.  The entertainments are of the Ravel kind, and will be interpreted by the Martinetti and Marzetti troupe of pantomimists."

Advertisement: New-York Times, 07 September 1863, 7.

     "Late Wallack’s, No. 485 Broadway, corner of Broome-st.”

Review: New York Herald, 08 September 1863, 7.

“This place of amusement also opened last evening. It is the theatre formerly occupied by Wallack, on the corner of Broome street and Broadway. The house has been neatly fitted up; and was well filled with a very respectable audience. The first thing which attracted our attention was a fine orchestra, led by Mr. Fenelon. The management gave us too much orchestra and too long waits, however. The great secret of success is a quick, lively, rattling, short entertainment.”

Review: New York Clipper, 19 September 1863, 179.

     “The New York Theatre—Wallack’s old place—was opened for the season on Monday night, 7th inst. . . . We stepped in there on Monday to see what was going on, and found a tolerably well filled house, but not the slightest improvement in the appearance of the place, the much needed repairs being as apparent as ever.  We saw ‘Raoul’ performed—that is to say, we saw the attempt made; but the effort was more in the way of a burlesque on the Niblo rendering of the same piece than anything else; and a poor burlesque at that.  Not even at Barnum’s have we seen the Martinetti Troupe to so little advantage as they appeared on this occasion.  Nearly every trick failed, and the scenic efforts were really abominable attempts, unworthy of an amateur troupe.  The orchestra played in accordance with the degree of skill shown on the stage, for at one time they got completely off the musical track, and became so ‘bunflusticated’ [sic] that the leader almost felt like doing a little trap door business himself. . . . The ballet portion of the performance alone saved the credit of the evening’s efforts.”