American Theatre

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:
23 July 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

07 Dec 1863, Evening
08 Dec 1863, Evening
09 Dec 1863, Evening
10 Dec 1863, Evening
11 Dec 1863, Evening
12 Dec 1863, Matinee
12 Dec 1863, Evening

Program Details

Mons. La Thorne, stage manager.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Van Olker
Participants:  American Theatre, corps de ballet;  James F. Wambold (role: Myndert Bernheimer, one of the Merchant Princes of New York, belonging to the German persuasion);  Denny [actor, minstrel] Gallagher (role: Jaw Bone Passminaquaddy-Eat-a-Horse Johnson, cook of the Yacht Gypsum);  Florence Wells;  Adelaide Nixon;  Thomas L. Donnelly (role: Captain O’Reilly (afterwards Captain Sommes [sp?] of the privateer Alabama) / Hugh O’Reilly, brother to Alderman Miles O’Reilly, and Sailing Master of the Yacht Gypsum);  Clara Bogart (role: Miss Riddle [sp?]);  Miss [var./vaud.] Melville (role: Miss Siemoce [sp?]);  J. H. [American Theatre] Graham (role: Charles Frederick Augustus Fitzboodle, a scion of the Shoddy Aristocracy and owner of the Yacht Gypsum);  Bob [minstrel] Hart (role: Little Mack, a marine);  Miss Morand (role: Miss Aurora Simper, of Shoddy terrace, with nothing to wear);  Millie Flora
Composer(s): Pastor
Participants:  Tony Pastor
Composer(s): Pastor
Participants:  Tony Pastor
Composer(s): Pastor
Participants:  Tony Pastor
Composer(s): Pastor
Participants:  Tony Pastor
Composer(s): Pastor
Participants:  Tony Pastor
aka Rush-in ball


Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 December 1863.
Large ad, with cast of Fitzboodle, Tony Pastor’s songs, and the minstrel pieces listed.  “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. . . . TONY PASTOR . . . in his original songs.”

Announcement: New York Post, 07 December 1863, 3.
In “Diary of Amusements—Monday, December 7.  Pantomimes and burlesques.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 12 December 1863, 280.