Winning Suit

Event Information

Wallack's Theatre

Manager / Director:
Theodore Moss

Edward Mollenhauer [viola-vn]

Event Type:
Play With Music, Orchestral

Record Information


Last Updated:
11 September 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

05 Jul 1864, 7:45 PM
06 Jul 1864, 7:45 PM
07 Jul 1864, 7:45 PM
08 Jul 1864, 7:45 PM
09 Jul 1864, 7:45 PM
10 Jul 1864, 7:45 PM

Program Details

Overture at 7:45 p.m.

The Winning Suit includes: “La Colasa” Spanish song (Burke) and Arditi: Bacio, Il (Jones).

The theater was closed on Monday for rehearsal of the play.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Filmore
Participants:  Ione [vocal/actor] Burke (role: Francesca);  Avonia Jones [actress] (role: Orelia)
Composer(s): Mollenhauer [viola-vn]
Composer(s): Iradier
Participants:  Ione [vocal/actor] Burke
aka Kiss; Kuss, Der
Composer(s): Arditi
Participants:  Avonia Jones [actress]


Announcement: New-York Times, 04 July 1864, 5.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 04 July 1864, 7.

“MONDAY the theatre will be closed for the rehearsal of the NEW PLAY.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 04 July 1864.

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 04 July 1864.

Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 04 July 1864.

Jones sings “Il Baccio” [sic] in the play.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 06 July 1864.

Review: New-York Times, 06 July 1864, 4.

No mention of music. A long, mostly negative review of the play.  “Rather more has been said about the new drama of the ‘Winning Suit’ than there was any occasion for.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 06 July 1864, 7.

Ione Burke “with a favorite Spanish song, La Colasa.”

Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 07 July 1864, 8.

“The orchestral interludes on Tuesday evening were inappropriate.  At the close of the first act, Mr. Mollenhauer signalized the fainting agony of the princess and the consternation of the court by a gush of musical exhilaration from ‘Ione.’”

Review: New York Herald, 08 July 1864, 1.

No mention of music.  “There was a good audience at the theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and last night.  The play is very nicely placed upon the stage, and very fairly acted.”

Review: New York Clipper, 16 July 1864, 110.

The author of the play, Lewis Fillmore, was “one of the editors of the London Times and no doubt has written many of the scurrilous articles that have appeared in that paper against this country, more particularly against the North. . . . We are sorry to see that this rebel sympathizer—this assailant of American institutions—finds favor in the eyes of some of our own people, and that his dramatic productions are given precedence over plays written by American authors. . . . We are sorry that any of our managers should lend themselves to the support and encouragement of the defamers of Northern soldiers and Northern institutions.  We have not seen the play, and have no desire to.”