Charley White Company

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

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Record Information


Last Updated:
30 July 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

10 Sep 1866, Evening
11 Sep 1866, Evening
12 Sep 1866, Evening
13 Sep 1866, Evening
14 Sep 1866, Evening
15 Sep 1866, Evening
15 Sep 1866, 2:30 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unidentified
aka Blockade runner


Advertisement: New York Herald, 10 September 1866, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 10 September 1866, 5.
Review: New York Clipper, 15 September 1866, 182.

“The combination troupe engaged at Charley White’s is one of the strongest brought together in this city for a long time.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 15 September 1866, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 15 September 1866, 5.

“An excellent and varied programme continues to attract large audiences to Mechanic’s Hall.  Notwithstanding the rain last evening, even the passages were filled.  The performance of the ballet corps are alike credible to the members and the subject of frequent expressions of appreciation by the audience.  The movements are all chaste and classic, and many of the poses full of poetic expression.”

Review: New York Clipper, 22 September 1866, 190.

“We spent two hours at Charley White’s Hall on the 13th inst. The company engaged is a very good one and the acts performed are capitally given, but there is not enough of variety. The entertainment, with the exception of the farce, is made up of Ethiopianisms and dancing. There was no singing, either comic or sentimental, by a male or female; no miscellaneous performance, such as gymnastic acts, etc., but all negro acts and dancing. The corps of comedians engaged is one of the best for a variety hall in the country, but their acts were not fresh. The corps de ballet is a very good one, and Millie Flora is a pleasing danseuse, equal to many that we have seen lately with high sounding French names. But as we said before, there is not enough variety. No company, no matter how good it is, can expect to keep a hold on the public if they do not once in a while give a change and produce something new. It was running the same old bill night after night for an entire season that made the public give the Bryants’ the go bye at this same establishment, and cause them to lose their hold of the public. Give us a little more variety and the management will find that it pays in the end.”