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Who performed the first ballet at the Bowery Theater today in 1827?

February 7th

Old_Bowery_Theatre,_Bowery,_N.Y,_from_Robert_N._Dennis_collection_of_stereoscopic_views_-_crop_2_-_jpg_versionFebruary 7, 1827 — Madame Francisquy Hutin and her troupe performed the ballet Deserter for the first time at the Bowery Theater in New York City.

The playhouse, located on the Bowery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, was founded by wealthy families who wanted to compete with the upscale Park Theatre.

It saw its most successful period under the populist, pro-American management of Thomas Hamblin in the 1830s and 1840s.

In the 1850s, the theater began catering to immigrant groups such as the Irish, Germans, and Chinese.

Unfortunately, the building burned down four times in 17 years, and a fire in 1929 destroyed it for good.

Words of Wisdom

By reasonable computation there were about 300 persons on the stage and wings alone—soldiers in fatigue dresses—officers with side arms—a few jolly tars, and a number of 'apple-munching urchins.' The scene was indescribably ludicrous. Booth played [Richard III] in his best style, and was really anxious to make a hit, but the confusion incidental to such a crowd on the stage, occasioned constant and most humorous interruptions. It was every thing or any thing, but a tragedy.
— Madame Francisquy Hutin at New York City's Bowery Theater

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