New York Times, “Amusements,” October 14, 1857

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    “Amusements,” New York Times, November 2, 1857, p. 4: 5.
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    Tonight the Academy of Music reopens for the season- how long that will be who can tell? A change has taken place in the direction- Mr. STRAKOSCH has gone out and Mr. W. H. PAINE comes in. The first named gentleman starts for the South and West, with Mlle. FREZZOLINI, and we would advise him to take his departure as rapidly as possible. We are afraid that the climate in New York does not agree with Mlle. FREZZOLINI’S voice.

    The season opens tonight with Rossini’s delightful opera of “Semiramis,” cast strongly, with Mme. D’ANORI Arsace, and LA GRANGE as Semiramide. A new basso, Singor FORTINI, makes his debut in the part of Orae, and GASSIER and LADOCETTA play roles which they no doubt will make respectable. On Tuesday or Wednesday, HERR FORMES, the great basso, is expected, and he will at once make his debut. Another tenor is also engaged, and we hear something of a new prima donna. Everything promises well, and if a proper amount of activity is displayed, the season can, we are sure, be made prosperous.

    There was a very decided improvement in the attendance at all the theatres last week, and at one or two house there was no remaining indication of a recent panic. Especially was this the case at the Wallack’s theatre, which, owing to the very vigorous exertions of Mr. STUART, has recovered from the depression more rapidly than any other house. Success has followed success, and the two latest novelties are likely to remain on the bills from some times to come. They will be played tonight, “The Invisible Husband,” and “Past and Present.”

    At BURTON’S Theatre Miss CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN continues to attract overflowing house. Her repertoire is extensive and popular, and will be increased tonight by the production of Mr. BOURCICAULT’S powerful drama of “Janet Pride.” This piece was played originally at BURTON’S downtown theatre, where it was quite successful. Miss CUSHMAN plays two characters.

    The RONZANI Ballet troupe will remain another week at the Broadway Theatre. The success of this splendid troupe has been very great considering the times, but we are afraid Mr. MARSHALL has not reaped any advantage from his enterprise. We hope that there is yet something in store for him, and that the improved business of the present week will leave a balance on the right side of the account. Next week Mr. BUCHANAN the tragedian plays an engagement here.

    One or two new plays are in a forward state of preparation at Laura Keene’s, and will be produced during the week. Tonight three excellent pieces are given; the new farce of “My Son Diana;” Tom Talyor’s latest drama, “Victims,” and the comedietta of “Living too Fast.”

    At NIBLO’S GARDEN, the Ravels and the Ballet troupe offer “Terpischore;” “Pongo the Intelligent Ape,” and “Boreas.”

    The regular dramatic season at Barnum’s Museum opens tonight. A strong company has been engaged, and the theatrical performance will be more than ever be a leading feature of the establishment. This evening a new romantic play will be given, called “A Mother’s Prayer.”

    At the National Theatre three attractive pieces are announced, “Wetamo,” “Brian Borlohme,” and the “Persecuted Dutchman.”

    At the Bowery Mr. EDDY produces the tragedy of “Virginius;” after which “Jack Sheppard;” to conclude with the “Wandering Boys.”

    In the way of deserving exhibition we can recommend “Dr. Kanes Arctic Voyage,” at Empire Hall; and the Physiological and Anatomical Museum of Dr. REENTZ at the Chinese Assembly Rooms. In their way they are both unequaled.

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