American Theatre

Event Information

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

Proprietor / Lessee:
Robert W. [manager] Butler

Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Lizzie [actor] Schultze

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
12 January 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

08 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
09 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
10 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
11 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
12 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
13 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM

Program Details

Program also included “Negro Comicalities, Songs, Dances, &c.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unidentified
aka Irish immigrant; Tim O'Brien; or, The Irish emigrant
Text Author: Brougham
Participants:  Sam Erwin [actor] Ryan


Announcement: New-York Times, 08 January 1866, 5.

     “[S]everal new artists will make their debuts in a variety of sparkling and brilliant pieces.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 08 January 1866, 5.

     “Negro Comicalities, Songs, Dances, &c.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 08 January 1866, 7.

     “First week of the renowned Comedian Sam Ryan.”

Review: New York Clipper, 20 January 1866, 326.

     “Lizzie Schultze and her assistants in the ballet at ‘444’ form a ‘Book of Beauty’ which far surpasses that which Barnum didn’t finish several years ago.  They look so sweet, and dance so neat, as to entrance the senses of the fascinated beholder, and cause him ever after to look upon woman with love and kindness wherever met with, even if it be in his own family.  If you don’t care for female loveliness and all that sort of inflated nonsense, Billy Holmes will sing you a comic song, and make you laugh, if there’s anything of the kind in your immoral composition.  Manager Butler is making many fips [sic] with his attention to business, and the wants of his patrons.  Long may Robert live to enjoy them.”