Proprietor / Lessee:
Manager / Director:
Joseph [conductor] Braham
Minstrel, Variety / Vaudeville
20 July 2020
Announcement of benefit for Mrs. Conner (widow).
Comments further on regarding Mrs. Connor’s management of her husband’s agency.
“Mrs. James Connor’s Benefit. As we announced in our last, took place at Tony Pastor’s Opera House on the afternoon of Feb. 25th. The house was crammed full, and before the curtain rose quite a number left, unable to obtain even standing room. It is said that more ladies were present than ever before at a matinee at this establishment. Generally when a number of volunteers are announced to appear, several fail to put in an appearance. On this occasion there was but one disappointment. Mr. James Gaynor was on the bills for an act, and, notwithstanding he was in the house, refused to perform. His reasons for doing this are probably best known to himself. His non-appearance was not missed, for his act was passed over without any one in the audience calling for him, and the programme was sufficiently attractive. [?] performers, including the regular Opera House [com…?] as well as the volunteers, were heartily received. They all did so well it is useless for us to notice each performer. In addition to those who had volunteered, Messrs. Charles Brockway and John Oberist, of Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels, came over to assist Messrs. Seymour and Allen in the ‘Boxing Match’ and did very well. The entertainment was over by five o’clock, and every one went away perfectly cognizant of the fact that they had witnessed one of the best selected programmes that had been given in the city for a long time. Taken altogether, it was a great success, and more money realized than for any similar benefit that has ever taken place in a variety place of amusement in this city. The receipts at the box office amounted to $340.75; tickets sold outside, $303.50; contributions, $68, making in all, $712.25. The total expenses, including printing and advertising, amounted to only $47.20.”