American Theater

Event Information

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

Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Paul Brilliant

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
14 May 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

04 Dec 1863, Evening
05 Dec 1863, Matinee
05 Dec 1863, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Van Olker
Participants:  American Theatre, corps de ballet;  Florence Wells;  Thomas L. Donnelly (role: Captain O’Reilly (afterwards Captain Semmes of the privateer Alabama));  Miss Frank Nixon;  J. H. [American Theatre] Graham (role: Charles Augustus Fitzboodle);  Miss Morand (role: Miss Aurora Simper, of Shoddy terrace);  Bob [minstrel] Hart (role: Little Mack, a marine);  Millie Flora;  James F. Wambold (role: Myndart Bernheimer, a New York merchant);  Denny [actor, minstrel] Gallagher (role: Eat-a-horse J. Johnson, a culinary chattel)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 04 December 1863.
“FITZBOODLE’S VOYAGE.  THE MYSTERIOUS INCIDENT from which this exquisite farce has been written only happened a few days ago.  It was rumored about the city in private circles then published in the Evening Express of Nov. 28, Sunday Mercury of Nov. 29, Sunday Courier of Nov. 29, New York Daily News of Dec. 1, and a host of other journals, under the title of ‘Mysterious Scandal.’  THE NEW YORK YACHT CLUB.  WHAT BECAME OF A SHODDY ARISTOCRAT.  A QUEER CIRCUMSTANCE.  THE MATTER HUSHED UP.  The management of this theatre, ever on the lookout for FRESH NOVELTIES, instantly seized upon this extraordinary affair as the groundwork of a drama, and with a celerity hitherto unprecedented, has procured it to be written by AN EMINENT MEMBER OF THE PRESS in the astonishing short space of time indicated above.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 December 1863.
 Lists performers.  “Two performances today . . . Matinee at half-past two o’clock, for the special accommodation of ladies and children.”