Black Crook

Event Information

Niblo's Garden

Manager / Director:
William Wheatley

Event Type:
Play With Music

Record Information


Last Updated:
4 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

02 Sep 1867, Evening
03 Sep 1867, Evening
04 Sep 1867, Evening
05 Sep 1867, Evening
06 Sep 1867, Evening
07 Sep 1867, Evening

Program Details

No NYH advertisement.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Advertisement: New-York Times, 02 September 1867.

“THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH performance… Jarrett and Palmer’s Grand Parisienne Ballet…Marston’s Great New Scene AN ILLUMINATED BALLROOM in which will be given a GRAND CARNIVAL AND MASQUERADE.”

Advertisement: New York Sun, 05 September 1867, 4.

"nothing but crowds…at Niblo’s Garden."

Review: New York Clipper, 07 September 1867, 174.

“The ‘Black Crook’ has nearly completed its first year, and the desire is still great to witness its many beauties. Some parties put in one night weekly at Niblo’s as regularly as they make their daily appearance on the lunch route. A disciple of Smythe has been scooting around as of late, dissecting the nice bits to be found at the theatres.  In a letter to a semi-pious paper he says:—

            ‘How much longer are the theatres permitted to pander to the depraved tastes of a vicious community?  For weeks have I labored hard with my voice and my pen to put an end to these nude exhibitions, but without avail.  I went to Niblo’s the other evening, in the company of two young ladies, to point out to them the immortalities of the stage, and in noticing the various dresses of the actresses, I saw one actress , who, I thought, was exposing her person in a very marked degree.  I think she might have a little more respect for herself and her sex.  I have seen the “Black Crook” six times now, but the last exhibition eclipsed all previous displays.  REFORM.’

            Six times!  to see the ‘Black Crook’ shows the moral drift of this Reformer. He’s like the chap who, unable to make the acquaintance of a certain gauze divinity of the ballet through any other source, sought the aid of the call-boy . . .”

(later on the page) “… The Mechanical Donkey, brought from Europe expressly for the new piece that was to have succeeded the ‘Black Crook’ at Niblo’s—but which will probably not be brought out in consequence of the continued run of the ‘Crook’—will be introduced in the masquerade scene in the ‘Black Crook’ about Wednesday or Thursday of the present week. We think manager Wheatley has acted wisely in not withdrawing the ‘Crook’ which, from present appearances, is good for six months to come.”