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Niblo's Garden


537 Broadway, New York, NY

William Niblo leased the Columbian Gardens (est. 1822) and opened two theatres (Sans Souci was the other). When it was destroyed by fire in 1846, Niblo retired--until popular demand enticed him to rebuild and reopen the venue in 1849. In 1852, Niblo retired and the Van Rensselaers built the Metropolitan Hotel, attached to the theatre. In 1866, they famously presented "The Black Crook," considered by many to be the first example of musical theatre. Replaced by a twelve-story office building in 1895.

Built: 1829    Demolished: 1895   

Theatre Names Named
Niblo's Garden 1829     
ProductionsProduction Dates
A Tale of Corsica
Play, Original
Written by George Hoey
Nov 05, 1894 - Nov 12, 1894
Pawn Ticket
Play, Original
Oct 01, 1894 - Oct 08, 1894
Tide of Life
Play, Original
Written by Edward Weitzel
Sep 17, 1894 - Closing date unknown
The Life Guard
Play, Original
Written by Edwin A. Locke
Aug 20, 1894 - Closing date unknown
In the Name of the Czar
Play, Original
Written by George C. Jenks
Aug 11, 1894 - Aug 18, 1894
Nero
Play, Original
Written by Max Freeman
Oct 20, 1890 - Closing date unknown
The Pearl of Pekin
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Sep 30, 1889 - Oct 05, 1889
Poll and Partner Joe
Musical, Revival, Burlesque
Written by F.C. Burnand
Apr 01, 1872 - Apr 20, 1872
La Belle Sauvage
Musical, Original, Burlesque
Written by John Brougham
Mar 04, 1872 - Mar 30, 1872
The Naiad Queen
Musical, Revival, Drama
Feb 26, 1872 - Mar 02, 1872
The Black Crook
Musical, Revival, Extravaganza, Spectacle
Music by Giuseppe Operti; Written by Charles M. Barras
Dec 18, 1871 - Feb 24, 1872
Carl, The Fiddler
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Giuseppe Operti; Written by Charles Gayler; Lyrics by Charles Gayler
Sep 18, 1871 - Sep 30, 1871
Fritz, Our Cousin German
Play, Revival, Melodrama
Written by Charles Gayler
Aug 21, 1871 - Sep 30, 1871
Paul Clifford
Musical, Revival, Spectacle
Jun 12, 1871 - Jun 24, 1871
The Black Crook
Musical, Revival, Extravaganza, Spectacle
Music by Thomas Baker; Written by Charles M. Barras
Dec 12, 1870 - Apr 08, 1871
The Rapparee
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Dion Boucicault
Nov 14, 1870 - Nov 30, 1870
Little Nell and the Marchioness
Play, Revival
Oct 10, 1870 - Oct 20, 1870
Heartsease
Play, Original
Written by Edmund Falconer
Sep 12, 1870 - Closing date unknown
True as Steel
Play, Original
Aug 29, 1870 - Closing date unknown
Under the Palm
Play, Original
Aug 22, 1870 - Sep 01, 1870
The Duke's Motto
Play, Revival, Melodrama
Aug 16, 1870 - Closing date unknown
Not Guilty
Play, Original
Written by Watts Phillips
Jun 06, 1870 - Jun 20, 1870
The Forty Thieves
Musical, Revival, Burlesque, Extravaganza, Spectacle
Written by Henry B. Farnie
May 23, 1870 - Jun 04, 1870
La Sonnambula
Musical, Original, Burlesque
May 02, 1870 - May 21, 1870
Mosquito
Musical, Original, Drama
May 02, 1870 - May 21, 1870
Pippin
Musical, Original, Burlesque, Extravaganza, Spectacle
Music by Michael Connolly; Written by Harry Beckett
Apr 04, 1870 - Apr 30, 1870
The Emerald Ring
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by John Brougham
Mar 28, 1870 - Closing date unknown
Innisfallen
Play, Original
Written by Edmund Falconer
Feb 21, 1870 - Closing date unknown
The Little Detective
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 06, 1869 - Closing date unknown
The Firefly
Play, Original
Written by Edmund Falconer
Nov 22, 1869 - Closing date unknown
Little Nell and the Marchioness
Play, Original
Written by John Brougham
Nov 01, 1869 - Closing date unknown
Oliver Twist
Play, Original
Oct 25, 1869 - Closing date unknown
East Lynne
Play, Revival
Written by Mrs. Henry Wood
Oct 18, 1869 - Closing date unknown
Formosa: ("The Most Beautiful")
Play, Original
Written by Dion Boucicault
Sep 06, 1869 - Closing date unknown
Arrah-Na-Pogue
Play, Revival
Aug 02, 1869 - Sep 04, 1869
Sinbad the Sailor
Musical, Original, Burlesque, Extravaganza
Written by Henry B. Farnie
May 29, 1869 - Jul 31, 1869
The Forty Thieves
Musical, Original, Burlesque, Extravaganza, Spectacle
Written by Henry B. Farnie
Feb 01, 1869 - May 28, 1869
After Dark
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Dion Boucicault
Nov 16, 1868 - Closing date unknown
Barbe-Bleue
Musical, Original, Foreign Lang., Opera
Jul 13, 1868 - Oct 08, 1868
The White Fawn
Musical, Original, Burlesque, Spectacle
Music by Howard Glover; Written by James Mortimer
Jan 17, 1868 - Jul 11, 1868
The Black Crook
Musical, Original, Spectacle, Extravaganza
Music by Thomas Baker; Written by Charles M. Barras; Lyrics by Theodore Kennick
Sep 12, 1866 - Jan 04, 1868
Arrah-Na-Pogue
Play, Original
Written by Dion Boucicault
Jul 12, 1865 - Closing date unknown
The Fool's Revenge
Play, Original
Written by Tom Taylor
Mar 28, 1864 - Closing date unknown
The Enchantress
Musical, Revival, Drama, Opera
Music by Mr. Cunningham; Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Mar 16, 1863 - Mar 28, 1863
Satanella
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Feb 23, 1863 - Mar 14, 1863
The Syren
Musical, Original, Opera, Romance
Music by Daniel Auber; Expressly adapted for Miss Richings from the French comic opera 'La Sirene' with libretto by Eugene Scribe
Jun 09, 1862 - Jun 21, 1862
The Enchantress
Musical, Revival, Drama, Opera
Music by Mr. Cunningham; Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Apr 14, 1862 - Jun 07, 1862
Blue Beard
Musical, Original, Spectacle
May 07, 1860 - May 19, 1860
Rob Roy
Musical, Original, Drama, Opera
Music by Henry Bishop
Jun 09, 1859 - Jun 21, 1859
The Beggar's Opera
Musical, Revival, Drama, Opera
Libretto by John Gay
Jun 08, 1859 - Jun 10, 1859
The Bohemian Girl
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Jun 06, 1859 - Jun 11, 1859
The Waterman
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Jun 01, 1859 - Jun 02, 1859
Columbus El Filibustero!!
Musical, Original, Burlesque
Written by John Brougham
Jul 13, 1858 - Closing date unknown
Rip Van Winkle
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Sep 27, 1855 - Oct 23, 1855
The Beggar's Opera
Musical, Revival, Drama, Opera
Libretto by John Gay
Sep 14, 1855 - Nov 03, 1855
The Daughter of St. Mark
Musical, Original, Operetta
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Jun 18, 1855 - Jun 28, 1855
A Queen of a Day
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by Edward Fitzwilliam; Libretto by J.B. Buckstone
Jun 02, 1855 - Nov 03, 1855
The Bohemian Girl
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Jun 02, 1855 - Nov 03, 1855
Maritana
Musical, Original, Opera
May 25, 1855 - Nov 03, 1855
The Marriage of Georgette
Musical, Original, Operetta
Music by Victor Masse; Libretto by William Harrison
Apr 09, 1855 - Apr 09, 1855
The Enchantress
Musical, Original, Drama, Opera
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Jun 04, 1854 - Aug 05, 1854
The Bohemian Girl
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Jun 20, 1853 - Aug 16, 1853
The Basket Maker's Wife
Musical, Original, Comedy
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Dec 17, 1852 - Dec 23, 1852
The Enchantress
Musical, Original, Drama, Opera
Music by Michael Balfe; Libretto by Alfred Bunn
May 31, 1852 - Jun 04, 1852