Brown, T. Allston A history of the New York stage from the first performance in 1732 to 1901 (v.2)

(New York :  Dodd, Mead and Co.,  1903.)



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6o        A  HISTORY  OF THE  NEW YORK  STAGE      Dses

lectured on "Daniel O'Connell," May 12, and Camilla Urso, S. B.
Mills, and Carl Bergmann gave a concert for the benefit of the
widow of A. Hirschman, May 16. Jerome Hopkins directed the
annual concert of the Orpheon Free choral schools. May 26.

The B. P. O. Elks gave their first matinee benefit enter¬
tainment June 8, when volunteers from all the variety and minstrel
establishments in town assisted. Lucille Tostee had a farewell
benefit June 25, presenting the first act of "La Grande Duchesse,"
the second act of " La Belle Helene," and the operetta of " Litschen
and Fritzschen." This house was opened Sept. 21, 1868, for the
production of a play called " 1868, or the Bride of a Politician," by
George Marlow.    It had two performances only.    This was the cast:

Gay Eldred . .
Pierce Brown .
George Burke .
Squire Fairfield
Lynn   ....

W. H. Meeker
Theo. Hamilton
. F. C. Bangs
. W. Hambhn
.     W. Harley

Davis.......S. B. Villa

Florence  ....      Henrietta Irving

Maude.....Miss Noemie

Mme. Ven Kelmeyer .    . Mrs. Wilkins
Hans Ven Kelmeyer   .     S. W. Ashley

Janauschek, having returned from Europe, began a season of
German tragedy, Oct. 6. Herren Guttman, Bennemann, Rhine-
hardt, and Miss Kuchle were her principal supporters. Janauschek
played seven times, and her repertory consisted of Donna Isabella
in "Bride of Messina," Phsedra, Deborah, Mary Stuart, Katharina,
in Albert Lindner's five-act drama, "Katharine, the Second, Em¬
press of Russia," first time in America, Oct. 14, and Medea.

Max Strakosch commenced a season of opera, Oct. 19. Clara
Louise Kellogg was the star, having just returned from Europe.
Mile. Freda de Gebel, Alida Topp (pianist), Sig. Lotti, Petrelli,
Susini, Mons. Caesar Alard, Carl Bergmann, and Giorza; Oct. 29,
M. Jules Leotard, trapezist, made his American debut under the
direction of Jerome Ravel. The farce "The Governor's Wife"
was also acted. Leotard continued for three performances. Max
Maretzek took possession Nov. 16, with "II Trovatore," sung in
Italian by Agatha States, Cellini, Brignoli, Orlandini, and Barili;
" Fidelio " was given in German, Nov. 17, by Miles. Johanna Rotter
and Cellini, and Herren Habelmann, Reichardt, Formes, and Her¬
mann. Mme. de La Grange, Isabella McCulIoch, Mile. Wes-
mael, and Signori Brignoli, Habelmann, and Hermann sang
" Roberto el Diavolo." "Der Freischiitz" was sung in German,
Nov. 19, with De La Grange as Agatha and Karl Formes as
Caspar. "Sicilian Vespers," "Ernani," and "Don Giovanni"
were then given, Louise Durand making her debut as Zerlina, in
the latter, Nov. 23. "Fra Diavolo" and "Un Ballo in Maschera"
followed, and Alessandro Boetti made his first appearance as Al¬
fredo, in "La Traviata," Nov. 27, the season closing with a
matinee, Nov. 28. Wm. Horace Lingard company, then occupying
the Theatre Comique (Broadway and Spring Street), gave an en-
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