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)

09 May 1864, Evening
10 May 1864, Evening
11 May 1864, Evening
12 May 1864, Evening
13 May 1864, Evening
14 May 1864, Evening
14 May 1864, 2:30 PM

Program Details

The NYH lists Whelpley as playing the role of Christine in Dechalameau on 05/08 and 05/09, but the role of Annette in the same work on 05/14.

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

aka M. Dechalumeau; Dechalumeau; Mons. Dechalembau; Dechalameau; Dech Alameau; Duchalumeau
Participants:  Dick Ralph (role: Francoise);  James S. Maffit (role: Roquinet);  Johnny Allen [minstrel/variety] (role: Henri);  Lizzie [actor] Schultze (role: Madame Laurenciere);  Lizzy Whelpley (role: Christine and/or Annette);  W. A. (Billy) Burke (role: Dechalameau)
Text Author: White
Participants:  Charley White (role: Aunt Heddy, an old widow);  Julia Melville (role: Louise);  James F. Wambold (role: Larry Rooney)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 May 1864.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 09 May 1864.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 14 May 1864, 38.
“In Gossamer Dresses, in light and airy costume, Manager Butler’s ballet corps present a most bewitching and fascinating appearance as they perform their terpsichorean evolutions on the stage of 444 Broadway.  And there are some rare beauties in this corps, girls with the most splendid forms, and other with beautiful faces and forms as well. In addition to the ballet, a very interesting pantomime is on the bills this week, and one of Charley White’s Ethiopian farces; these combined with sentimental and comic singing, and several special acts, help to make one of the most pleasing entertainments for the masses that can now be enjoyed in this city.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 14 May 1864, 40.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 May 1864.
“MATINEE . . . For the special accommodation of LADIES AND CHILDREN. . . . The beautiful floral ballet composed by Paul Brilliant, entitled, ROSE DE MAL.”