New-York Theatre (1866-69)
Price: $1.50 orchestra chairs; $1 balcony chairs; $.75 dress circle and parquet
Play With Music
6 August 2016
“Fanny Young, a celebrated Australian burlesque actress, made her debut at the New York Theatre on the 24th Sept., in the extravaganza of ‘Rum-ti-foo-zle,’ one of the best burlesques we have seen for a long time. ‘Rum-ti-foo-zle’ is just what an extravaganza should be. It is exceedingly well written. The couplets easy, tripping and jocund, ripple and sparkle from beginning to end without flagging, while the dialogue is thickly strewed with puns, jokes and parodies; and though the puns are made up, as is usual with that article, of good, bad and indifferent material, still the good, both as regards quantity and quality, cut a very respectable figure to the remainder. There was little or no attempt at scenic display, owing to the limited time at the disposal of the management. Neither was there any other kind of display, though the dresses and accessories generally were efficient enough. It is, therefore, upon its own intrinsic merit that the burlesque will stand or fall, and we think we may venture to say that it will wear. The acting was good throughout, Miss Young played the character of Lady Bell—the lover of Lord Lovell—with immense spirit—a quality which permeated, even to the extent of gushing over, in her singing and dancing. Several of her songs were not only new but very funny, and were loudly applauded. She was called out three times, and repeated them. She infused such spirit and energy into the part, so that upon several occasions she almost lost her breath. We pronounce Miss Young one of the very smartest of tongue, voice, and heel burlesque actresses. As for her dancing, it creates a perfect furore. Lewis Baker appeared as Rum-ti-foo-zle, in which he was very clever, his acting being imbued with true burlesque spirit, while his singing and dancing were fully up to his acting. Alicia Mandeville dressed the character of Lord Lovell very nicely, and acted with much spirit. Taken altogether the burlesque was a great success, and Miss Young has made a very successful American debut.” Concludes with brief review of A fine old English gentleman; no mention of music.