New-York Theatre (1866-69)
Price: $1.50, 1., .75, boxes $10
Play With Music
30 July 2016
“During the evening orchestral selections by Julius Eichberg.”
"The orchestral selections, performed under Mr. Eichberg's direction, are of themselves a great attraction."
"All New York theatre-goers were rejoiced when they learned that two such clever comedians as Lewis Baker and Mark Smith had leased the building which witnessed the brief managerial career of Miss Rushton, and [?] they would [?] and adapt it for the production of light comedies and comic operas. The mechanical improvements made by the new management are manifest and considerable. . . .
So much for the building. The acting is just as decidedly improved in comparison with that under the previous management. Beside the two managers, who are, and always will be, favorites—although we wish that Mr. Smith would cease the personation of female characters—there are others who have produced a pleasant impression. Of these we should name Mrs. Gomersal first. With some obvious faults of manner, she is always vivacious, self-possessed and attractive. . . . There are others in the company of whom we cannot speak so favorably.
The orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Julius Eichberg, is one of the most important and pleasantest features of the theatre. It is a real delight to listen to such excellent music between the acts.
We hardly think that the style of pieces that have been so far brought out at this theatre should be long continued without a change. It would be the happiest of hits--during the time that we are waiting for the Italian opera season—to give a season of light comic operas. The success of Mr. Eichberg's operas last summer, under somewhat unfavorable auspices, fully warrants the belief that they would now have a fine run, and do more towards making the New York Theatre a fashionable place of resort than anything else could."
Description of theater alterations. “In ‘Lola Montez,’ Mrs. Gomersall [sic] appeared in all her glory, playing the role of Katherine Kloper very cleverly and singing . . . to the delight of all her hearers. This lady is a capital actress and possesses a very sweet, musical voice.”