New York: A. S. Seer’s Theatrical Printing and Engraving Establishment, . Unbound. Approximately 9.5” x 21”. Clean with very light edge wear and the expected storage folds. Very good. Item #008767
The new Park Theatre, located at Broadway and 22nd Street was constructed by Dion Boucicault, an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas, but he apparently sold his interest before it opened in 1874. The venue was beset by financial problems and debt from the beginning, and it was shut down by the sheriff on several occasions. In 1876, after hiring Henry E. Abbey, one of the preeminent theater managers of the late 19th century, it finally found success and became an important venue. Unfortunately, at the height of its popularity in 1882, it burned to the ground. Our Boarding House ran for 104 performances at the theater in 1877. It was a near plotless comedy revolving around the rivalry between a crackpot inventor and a fanatical grain speculator who lived in the same boarding house. Although panned by critics, it was a popular success and launched the careers of its co-stars, Stuart Robson and W. H. Crane, who became Broadway’s favorite comedic duo for years.