American Theatre

Event Information

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

Proprietor / Lessee:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

Manager / Director:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
8 June 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Aug 1865, 7:30 PM
22 Aug 1865, 7:30 PM
23 Aug 1865, 7:30 PM
24 Aug 1865, 7:30 PM
25 Aug 1865, 7:30 PM
26 Aug 1865, Matinee
26 Aug 1865, 7:30 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 August 1865, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 21 August 1865, 7.

Cast of Old Granny Grumpy.

Review: New York Herald, 25 August 1865, 4.

“For variety of entertainment, which embraces in one programme much of the merits of many other places of amusement, there is no house in the city more prominent than the American Theater, No. 444 Broadway.  It is skillfully managed, with a sole view to popular enjoyment, and is, therefore, as it deserves to be, the recipient of a large public patronage.  Negro minstrelsy, dancing, light comedy and attractive tableaus are the principal features of the nightly performances, and they are all as good in their several lines as can be found at any other establishment in the metropolis.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 26 August 1865, 158.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 26 August 1865, 160.
Review: New York Clipper, 02 September 1865, 166.

“If you want to hear a good banjo solo or listen to a comic song well sung, go to 444 Broadway.  If you wish to witness a grand terpsichorean display by one of the best ballets in the city, or laugh at the negro eccentricities of a corps of good performers, go to 444.  In fact, if you want to pass a very pleasant evening, and witness a combination of performances, go to this popular place of amusement.  The pantomime of ‘Old Granny Grumpy’ is one of the most laughable performances we ever saw.”