New Bowery Theater – Grand Reopening

Event Information

New Bowery Theatre

Proprietor / Lessee:
James W. Lingard

Price: “Prices as usual”

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
8 November 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

20 Aug 1864, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: Morton


Advertisement: New York Herald, 16 August 1864.

“The ladies and gentlemen engaged are requested to assemble on Thursday, August 18, at 11 o’clock [for rehearsal].”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 20 August 1864, 150.

“The New Bowery Theatre is at present undergoing alterations of the most extensive kind.  The first circle has been lowered four feet, and is now on a level with the parquet.  The first circle will hereafter be called the balcony, admission to which will be 25 cents, the same as to the parquet.  The orchestra seats will be the same as before, and seats can be had there for fifty cts.  The house will have a thorough overhauling.  All the seats will be newly upholstered and painted.  A new act drop has been painted which is of a most beautiful design.  All the old scenery has been re-touched, and many new flats painted.  The alterations made will make more room for the audience, and the New Bowery—now the largest theatre in the United States—will next season be one of the handsomest establishments in the country.  Manager Lingard is laying out a great deal of money in the alterations, being determined to make it a first class establishment.  The season commences on Saturday evening, the 20th ins.  Mr. N. H. B. Clarke, a very capable man, continues at his old post, conducting the stage department.  There will be no change in the price of admission.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 August 1864.

“[D]uring the short vacation many wonderful improvements have been made.”

Review: New York Herald, 22 August 1864, 4.

“The house was crowded to excess, and manager Lingard’s prospects for the season are excellent.”

Review: New York Clipper, 27 August 1864, 158.
The New Bowery opened on the 20th inst. To one of the largest crowds ever congregated within the walls of that establishment.”