Visible Quill of the Melodeon

Event Information


Manager / Director:
George E. Heydon

Price: Free

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
23 July 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

05 Dec 1863, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Solomon
Text Author: Rushmore
Participants:  W. S. [Melodeon - comic vocalist] Coles (role: What is it [Barnum's original]);  Ella Thompson [contralto] (role: Mrs. Innocence, not a cheap boxer);  George E. Heydon (role: Mogul, lord of the harem);  Fred [tenor, comedian] Williams (role: Monarch of Liliputian brains);  Maggie [Melodeon] Tremane (role: Miss Coquette, unapproachable charmer);  Moses Solomon (role: Director, with it on the brain)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 05 December 1863.
 “The most extraordinary enterprise ever exhibited at any place where no charge is made for admission.  This evening will be presented the new $500 prize comic opera, written expressedly for the Melodeon, not by R.W. Rushmore, nor set to music or arranged by M. Solomon or any other mon, entitled ‘The Visible Quill of the Melodeon.’ . . . Principal musical characters.— [then gives cast.] . . . . Introducing the entire strength of the company, and twenty ladies and gents in characteristic songs, glees and duets.”