American Theatre

Event Information

Butler's American Theatre [444 Bdway--before 3/66]

Manager / Director:
Fred Van Olker

Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Paul Brilliant

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


This event is still undergoing additional verification.

Last Updated:
15 April 2023

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM
10 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM
11 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM
12 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM
13 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM
14 Nov 1863, Matinee
14 Nov 1863, 7:30 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 November 1863, 7.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 09 November 1863, 1.

Includes cast list for Irish Mormon. “NOTICE.—Change of time—Doors open at 6; commence at 7 ½ o’clock.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 November 1863, 9.

“Gorgeous Pantomimes, sparkling burlesques, brilliant ballets, Ethiopian extravaganzas, daring gymnastics, graceful dances, beautiful ballets, songs, sketches, farces, &c.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 14 November 1863, 248.

Review: New York Clipper, 21 November 1863, 251.

“One of the great music halls of the country is the American, 444 Broadway, which yet flourishes under the skillful direction of manager Butler. The American was in the heyday of prosperity at the time the Legislature of this State commenced its attack upon our public amusements, and as the various music halls came in for the early attention of the Albany gentlemen, it was confidently predicted that Mr. Butler would have to close up; but he did no such thing. Being a law-abiding citizen, he shaped his course to meet the new order of things, and conformed to all the exactions of the anti-music hall law. For a while, patronage fell off but he got together a stronger company than ever, prepared a most inviting series of new and attractive entertainments, and soon the houses began to fill up again, until at last he could not accommodate the throngs that nightly sought admission to his cosy little hall. And so it continues at the present time. The American is always crowded, and what is equally good evidence of its popularity is the favor with which the company and their entertainments are received. A visit to the American will well repay the patron for the time spent there.”