Butler’s Combination Troupe

Event Information

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

Manager / Director:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

David Braham

Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Antonio Grossi

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
1 November 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

27 Jun 1864, Evening
28 Jun 1864, Evening
29 Jun 1864, Evening
30 Jun 1864, Evening
01 Jul 1864, Evening
02 Jul 1864, Matinee
02 Jul 1864, Evening

Program Details

J.S. Maffitt, Stage Manager.

La Thorne is no longer stage manager at American Theatre. Maffitt is listed as stage manager for this week, and again in late August, when the Fall 1864 season begins.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Review: New York Clipper, 09 June 1864, 102.
“A Good Stage Manager, one who is ‘well up in his part,’ is an indispensable personage in any well-conducted place of amusement.  Such an [sic] one Mons. La Thorne, as he has proved himself to be by his excellent stage management of ‘444’ for several years, and other first-class music halls, and we deem it but his due to say that any manager fortunate enough to secure his services, will have in his employ a ‘steady, sober citizen,’ one who is always at his post, and one who knows his business.  As we have frequently seen him when on duty, we know whereof we write, and can truthfully say that business ‘behind the scenes’ at ‘444’ was conducted with as much regularity, order and propriety, as at any of our theatres while it was under La Thorne’s control; and that has been one of the principal causes of the success of that establishment, as the want of it has been disastrous to several others.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 June 1864.
“Last week of the season.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 02 July 1864, 95.
“Will close on and after the fourth of July, for a short season, during which the establishment will be thoroughly renovated, re-decorated, painted, &c.”
Review: New York Clipper, 09 July 1864, 102.
“The American has made heaps of money for its manager, and his company have very ably seconded his efforts to provide a satisfactory series of entertainments for the patrons of the house.  A more varied show is nowhere given than at this house.”