The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960: A Comprehensive Guide to Early Black Theatre Organizations, Companies, Theatres, and Performing Groups

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EAST TENNESSEE COLORED MINSTRELS.SeeCOLORED MINSTRELS.

EATON & HOGAN'S COLORED MINSTRELS.SeeAppendix B(I)II.

EATON'S AFRO-AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE COMPANY.SeeAppendix B(2)11.

EATON'S COLORED BIG CITY SHOW // also known by numerous other titles cited in this entry. Variety troupe, active 1890s. The first black vaudeville specialty company. Organized by * Harry S. Eaton. This company toured under several different titles and managers. As Harry Eaton's Big City [Colored] Show, it opened in Philadelphia in Nov. 1891. As Harry Eaton's Colored Sports Co., it opened at Rocky Point, RI, in the summer of 1894. As Harry Eaton's Colored Big City Show, it opened at Miner's Bowery Th., NYC, Sept. 4, 1896, under the management of * Alf Weathers, with a company that included Eeaton & Weathers, * Billy Young, the * Oriole Quartet, * Herbert La She (and Ten Octoroon Ladies), Prof. * P. G. Lowery (bandleader), and Prof. Sam Schiller ( orchestra conductor). As Harry Eaton's Colored Sports Big City Show, it opened in Brooklyn, NY, in Oct. 1896, under the comanagement of the Melbourne Bros., with Harry Daley, manager, and a company that included Eaton & Weathers, * Billy Jackson, * Charles Hunn, and the Mobile Four (a quartet consisting of Messrs. Cummings, Heywood, Mercer, and Ray). In Dec. 1896, Harry Eaton's Colored Sports Co. was disbanded and reorganized in March 1897 as Eaton & Weathers' Colored Big City Sports Co., under the management of Alf Weathers. Under this title, it toured New England in 1897 with Eaton & Weathers, Nellie Eaton, *James and * Sue Grundy, * John Larkins, Billy

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