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:
Paul Brilliant

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
1 November 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

02 May 1864, 8:00 PM
03 May 1864, 8:00 PM
04 May 1864, 8:00 PM
05 May 1864, 8:00 PM
06 May 1864, 8:00 PM
07 May 1864, 2:00 PM
07 May 1864, 8:00 PM

Program Details

La Thorne, stage manager.

NYC lists Albert Braham as Musical Dir. for May 2, 9 and 16. Beginning May 23, David Braham is listed. Albert Braham was a vocalist at the Melodeon and various free and easies, and, in fact, he’s listed as performing at the Melodeon this same week. This was probably a mistake in the NYC AD that carried over for a couple of weeks, as often happened at the paper.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: White
Participants:  James S. Maffit (role: Sawney Box);  Millie Flora (role: Christine);  Lizzie [actor] Schultze (role: Carlo, a young peasant);  W. A. (Billy) Burke (role: Old Man)
Participants:  Dick Ralph;  Charley White (role: Aunty Gumble, an old washerwoman);  Julia Melville (role: Phoebe);  Millie Flora;  James F. Wambold (role: Philip, a sailor);  Johnny Allen [minstrel/variety] (role: Quashee);  Lizzie [actor] Schultze;  W. A. (Billy) Burke (role: Gaffer Gumble);  J. [American Theatre] Lewis
Composer(s): Brilliant


Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 May 1864.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 02 May 1864.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 07 May 1864, 30.
“‘The Magic Flute’, did you ever hear it? No? Nor see it? No, sirree [sic]. Well, you are the loser by it, and therefore, as a well-balanced man of mind once remarked, “stand not upon the order [because they don’t deal in orders at ‘444,’] of your going, but go at once,” for that clever little pantomime is on the bills at the American this week, with Lizzie Schultze, Millie Flora, and a whole bevy of beauties in the cast. Charley White’s original Negro farce of “The Wreck” is also announced, with the author as an old washerwoman…Miss Fanny Forrest, a favorite vocalist, is underlined for an early appearance.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 07 May 1864, 32.
New musical director: Albert Braham replaces Fred Van Olker.
COMMENT: Van Olker, who had been the musical director, died suddenly.