Butler’s Combination Troupe

Event Information

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

Manager / Director:
Robert W. [manager] Butler
Fred Van Olker

Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Paul Brilliant

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
1 November 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Mar 1864, 7:30 PM
22 Mar 1864, 7:30 PM
23 Mar 1864, 7:30 PM
24 Mar 1864, 7:30 PM
25 Mar 1864, 7:30 PM
26 Mar 1864, 2:30 PM
26 Mar 1864, 7:30 PM

Program Details

La Thorne, stage manager

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Fairy of the golden wheat sheaf
Participants:  Annetta La Pointe (role: Edward, a farmer, afterwards Harlequin);  W. A. (Billy) Burke (role: Old Rusty, afterwards Pantaloon);  James S. Maffit (role: Granny Grumpy, afterwards Clown);  Julia Melville (role: Rosebud);  Millie Flora (role: Mary, Granny’s daughter, Columbine);  Lizzie [actor] Schultze (role: Fairy of the Golden Wheat Sheaf)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 March 1864.
Cast lists.  “First week of the new Ballet Divertissement, entitled Les Echos Du Tyrol.”
Announcement: New York Clipper, 26 March 1864, 395.
Mentions Old Granny Grumpy.  “Manager Butler and his co-laborer, Mons. La Thorne, are exhibiting more than usual enterprise in trying to please the visitors to their little mint, 444.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 26 March 1864, 400.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 March 1864.

Review: New York Clipper, 02 April 1864, 403.
“La Thorne’s fairy pantomime has been put on the stage in capital style and cast to the strength of the company.  Lizzie Schultze as the Fairy is really bewitching, and is as lively on her feet as any fairy we ever did hear tell of.  Maffit’s make up for the clown is capital, and he is the life of the piece.”