Leah, the forsaken

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Proprietor / Lessee:
William Wheatley

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Price: $.75; $1 reserved; $1.50 orchestra chairs, seats in dress circle and private boxes; .50 family circle (entrance on Crosby St.); $8-$10 private boxes

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
29 October 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
16 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
17 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
18 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
19 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
20 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Leah, a Jewish maiden
Text Author: Daly [dramatist]
Participants:  Kate Bateman


Announcement: New York Clipper, 13 January 1866, 318.

     Miss Bateman “has been absent from ‘her own, her own native land,’ some three years; her father took her to Europe just about the time they were drafting people here, and he returned, just as the cruel war was over, the worthy papa bringing with him Pa-re-pa, a female singist [sic], whose better days have fled, or been spent in other lands. As she is now getting passé, as we say in French, we are favored with her presence in America, in one-horse concert entertainments, as we say in Greek. But, abas Parepa and vive la Bateman, who will meet with a glorious reception, for there is no abatement of the public desire to see a Bateman on the boards once more.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 15 January 1866, 7.

     “Original music.”

Review: New-York Times, 16 January 1866, 5.

     Long review.  No mention of music.  “Niblo’s Garden was crowded last night with an audience such as has seldom gathered in any theatre in New-York.  The seats, the lobbies, the stairways, every standing place were [sic] full to overflowing.

     The immense audience was composed of the very élite of New-York, the ladies and gentlemen of the metropolis who appear only upon very special occasions. . . . We have only time to say that the lovely girl who left us three years ago returns matured and improved; that she has grown in classic and statuesque beauty, and presents one of the most splendid pictures ever seen upon any stage. . . .

     We have said that the audience was eminently intellectual and fashionable, and when such audiences indulge in shouts and wavings of handkerchiefs and the warmest evidences of congratulations, we may be sure the occasion is great and most worthy.  No actress more nobly adorns the American stage; no actress had ever met a more noble welcome.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 January 1866, 7.