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

David Braham

Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Antonio Grossi

Price: $.15 gallery; .25 parquet; .50 orchestra; $5 private boxes

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
3 May 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 May 1865, 7:45 PM
23 May 1865, 7:45 PM
24 May 1865, 7:45 PM
25 May 1865, 7:45 PM
26 May 1865, 7:45 PM
27 May 1865, 2:30 PM
27 May 1865, 7:45 PM

Program Details

J. S. Maffit, stage manager.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 May 1865.

     “The Magnificent Ballet Troupe, Charley White, Wambold, Gallagher, &c., in their Negro Comicalities.  Miss Agnes Sutherland and Miss Archer, the beautiful and accomplished vocalists.”

Review: New York Clipper, 27 May 1865, 54.

     “What with a good corps of darkey representatives, a beautiful and finely formed ballet, a dramatic party, comic singers, gymnasts, and many other performers, the American, 444 Broadway, presents as entertaining a series of performances as any other establishment in this city.  You can spend five minutes there in enjoyment, or you can spend nearly five hours, and never tire.  The girls are pretty, and dance and sing correspondingly; the Nigs crack jokes until they almost make you crack your sides with laughter; while the audiences seem to enjoy themselves in ‘active repose,’ if you know what that means.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 27 May 1865, 56.