Tony Pastor’s Opera House

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

Record Information


Last Updated:
27 October 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Jan 1867, Evening
15 Jan 1867, Evening
16 Jan 1867, Evening
16 Jan 1867, 2:30 PM
17 Jan 1867, Evening
18 Jan 1867, Evening
19 Jan 1867, Evening
19 Jan 1867, 2:30 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Jessie of the railroad bar
Participants:  Tony Pastor
aka Dutchman in distress; Rival Dutchmen
Text Author: Barry
Participants:  George W. Thompson (role: John Schmidt)
aka Gymnastic exercises; Ring feats; Gymnasium scene; Gems of the gymnasium
Participants:  Bedouin Arabs


Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 January 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 16 January 1867, 5.

“The nautical drama of Sailors Ashore drew a large audience at this popular establishment last evening. The piece was enacted with a great deal of spirit, every one in it doing their best to make it pass off as smoothly as possible. It is patriotic in the highest sense of the word, and savors immensely of the saline, which rather imparts a spiciness to it rather than otherwise. The ballet and Barry O’Neil, the comic Irish singer, are still the trump cards here.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 19 January 1867, 327.
Review: New York Clipper, 26 January 1867, 334.

“Last week George W. Thompson, formerly the ‘heavy man’ at the New Bowery Theatre and a great favorite on the East Side, commenced an engagement here, appearing as John Schmidt in a sketch called ‘The Persecuted Dutchman,’ and as Ben Block in the drama of ‘Sailor’s Ashore.’ He was enthusiastically received. Barry O’Neil, a late importation, appeared in his Irish witticisms, and Tony Pastor was at home with his budget of comic songs. The Bedouin Arabs appeared in gymnastic exercises. In the drama, T. G. Riggs, Mr. and Mrs. G. F. McDonald and Willis Armstrong, had good roles which they filled to the evident satisfaction of all. Since the destruction of the New Bowery Theatre, lovers of amusement on the East Side find Tony Pastor’s the only place east of Broadway to witness a good performance.”