Tony Pastor’s Opera House: James Connor Benefit

Event Information


Proprietor / Lessee:
Tony Pastor

Manager / Director:
Tony Pastor

Joseph [conductor] Braham

Event Type:
Minstrel, Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
20 July 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Feb 1867, 1:45 PM

Program Details

“The orchestra will be doubled on this occasion.” Mrs. Connor was the widow of the dramatic agent. Ballet divertissement arranged by Szollosy.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Yankee medley
Participants:  Mlle. [actor] Josephine
aka Dancing master from Paris; French dancing master, The [petite comedy]
aka Grand ballet divertissement, unidentified
aka Grand glove fight; Grand glove tournament
aka Dutchman in distress; Rival Dutchmen
Text Author: Barry


Announcement: New York Clipper, 16 February 1867, 358, 4th col., middle.

Announcement of benefit for Mrs. Conner (widow).

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 23 February 1867, 363.

Includes program and performers.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 23 February 1867, 366, 2d col., bottom.

Comments further on regarding Mrs. Connor’s management of her husband’s agency.

Announcement: New York Sun, 25 February 1867, 4.
Review: New York Clipper, 09 March 1867, 382, 2d col., top.

“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.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 09 March 1867, 382, 2d col., bottom.

Some of the names represented by the James Connor dramatic agency.