Black Crook

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Manager / Director:
Harvey Bradley Dodworth
William Wheatley

Price: $0.75; Dress Circle $1 (secured); Reserved seats in Parquette and Parquette Circle $1.50; Family Circle, $.50; Private boxes $8 and $10; all seats $1 for Saturday matinees

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
2 November 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Dec 1866, 7:30 PM
18 Dec 1866, 7:30 PM
19 Dec 1866, 7:30 PM
20 Dec 1866, 7:30 PM
21 Dec 1866, 7:30 PM
21 Dec 1866, 7:30 PM
22 Dec 1866, 1:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New York Post, 17 December 1866.

Wed. evening will be the 100th performance.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 17 December 1866, 6.
Announcement: New York Post, 19 December 1866, 4.

New costumes, scenes, mechanical effects, music, and dances will be introduced for the 100th performance.

Announcement: New York Post, 21 December 1866.

“With entirely new costumes, music and dances.”

Article: New York Clipper, 22 December 1866, 294.

Concluding paragraph of "City Summary" suggests possible influence of the "Black Crook" on a new ballet in Cendrillon (New York Theater); ends with poem, "The Perils of the Crook."

Announcement: New York Clipper, 22 December 1866, 294.

100th performance will take place Dec. 19.  "The performers—or at least those who wear anything—will appear in new clothes and things."

Announcement: New-York Times, 22 December 1866, 4.

“Has been re-dressed, if we may use the term without suspicion of sarcasm.”

Article: New-York Times, 24 December 1866, 5.

“Tonight the ‘Black Crook’ will be played at Niblo’s Garden for the one hundred and fifth time. On the one hundredth representation all the costumes were changed for new ones, so that to the eye the piece is as fresh as ever. The receipts during the period we have mentioned exceeded a quarter of a million of dollars, and by a strange but significant coincidence there was but a difference of fifty cents between the returns of the first and the returns of the one hundredth night. There is nothing so successful as success.”

Review: New York Clipper, 29 December 1866, 302.

"The Black Crook" is almost as attractive as it was the first week of its production. The one hundredth representation was given on the 19th inst.  We were present on the 21st, sitting the performance through from beginning to end. There is a decided improvement in the performance of the piece now over its early representations. The ballet appeared in new dresses, a decided improvement over former ones, looking neater and far more attractive. Several new dances have been introduced, and each and every one in the piece acts better now than they did at first. This is a very unusual thing with performers in a piece that has been enjoying a long run. They generally get careless and walk through their parts, thinking that they are playing to people that have previously seen them. Rose Morton, who appeared at first as Amina, was taken sick some time since, and her rôle has been and is now played by Mrs. G. C. Boniface. Milly Cavendish, who has also been off duty for some time, in consequence of sickness, re-appeared on the 21st and sang that popular song, 'You Naughty, Naughty Man,' which has not been sung during Miss C's absence. She was well received and the song encored three times. The ballet, which has improved considerably, is probably one of the best seen in this city since the Ronzani Troupe. Bonfanti is one of the most delightful little danseuses it has ever been our good fortune to see trip the light fantastic toe. She is as light as a fairy and dances very neatly indeed, keeping most excellent time. Sangalli is a spirited danseuse. She executes several very difficult movements and is a favorite. Betty Regal, although the third name in the list of principal danseuses, is a finished artist and has a host of admirers. Taken altogether, the 'Crook' is carefully played and continues to prove a very attractive piece."