A History of the Theatre in America: From Its Beginnings to the Present Time - Vol. 2

A History of the Theatre in America: From Its Beginnings to the Present Time - Vol. 2

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A History of the Theatre in America: From Its Beginnings to the Present Time - Vol. 2

A History of the Theatre in America: From Its Beginnings to the Present Time - Vol. 2

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NEW THEATRES IN NEW YORK. LAFAYETTE AS A PLAYGOER. FIRST INTRODUCTION OF ITALIAN GRAND OPERA IN AMERICA. TRIUMPH OF MME. MALIBRAN. JAMES H. HACKETT AT THE PARK. A FAMOUS FALSTAFF. COMING OF WILLIAM CHARLES MACREADY. ANECDOTES OF THE DISTINGUISHED ENGLISH TRAGEDIAN. BUILDING OF THE HISTORIC BOWERY THEATRE. ITS FOUNDERS AND ITS AUDIENCES. QUARREL BETWEEN WOOD AND WARREN OF THE PHILADELPHIA THEATRE. BUILDING OF THE ARCH STREET THEATRE. FIRST APPEARANCE OF JAMES E. MURDOCH.

A NEW place of amusement was opened in New York in 1822, which at one time seriously threatened the supremacy of the famous Park Theatre. This was the Chatham Garden and Theatre, situated between Duane and Pearl Streets, with an entrance through private dwellings on the west side of Chatham Street. The house was well patronized from the first night and at once became the resort of beauty and fashion of the metropolis, being as popular in its day as Niblo's Garden was forty years later. So successful was the place that two years later a permanent theatre was erected called the Chatham Garden Theatre. This house was opened May 17, 1824, with . . .

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