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Italian Theatre & Triple-Jointed Wonders

Gaiety Museum/Teatro Italiano

 

— 138 Bowery —

 
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
1. Italian Theatre & Triple-Jointed Wonders Marker
Inscription.  In 1903, this site housed Drammatico Nazionale, one of several Italian theatres established on the Bowery by the great Antonio Maiori. Though Mozart’s librettist Lorenzo DaPonte had staged Italian opera in NYC as early as 1808, and opened a short-lived Italian opera house in 1833, it was through Maiori on the Bowery that Italian theatre was established there.

Maiori’s 1902 appearance as Cellini at the Bowery’s Windsor Theatre had made him the darling on NY society’s elite 400, who would travel there in slumming parties to see what Mrs. Havemeyer had proclaimed “the greatest tragedian in the world.” In addition to the Drammatico Nazionale, Maiori established Maiori’s Variety Theatre at 235 Bowery and Maiori’s Royal Theatre at 175-167 Bowery. Actor/producer/director Maiori also co-founded the Italian Actors Union.

From 1890 to 1902, this address was home to the Gaiety, one of the Bowery’s most flamboyant dime museums. In addition to trained lions and boxing exhibitions, one could see Jo-Jo the Dog Face Boy, tramp juggler W.C. Fields and contortionist Zamora – “the Triple-jointed Wonder” – an
Drammatico Nazionale/Gaiety Theatre site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
2. Drammatico Nazionale/Gaiety Theatre site
138 Bowery; marker is to the left at 136.
escape artist who predated Houdini.

- David Milkins, Historian/Educator
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.154′ N, 73° 59.681′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Broome Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 138 Bowery, New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. NYC's Oldest Operating Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Anti-Slavery Work In Federal Era Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Bowery Savings Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Faerman’s Cash Registers (within shouting distance of this marker); From Beaux Arts Bank To Bananas (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowery Savings Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Hi-Tech (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brown's Body On The Bowery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding Italian Theatre & Triple-Jointed Wonders. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
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Maiori’s Royal Theatre presented Italian opera and variety at 165-167 Bowery, 1916-1924
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
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Postcard image, circa 1900
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
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Sicilian-born Antonio Maiori (1870-1938) came to U.S. in 1890
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
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Headliner Zamora, the Triple-jointed Wonder!
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W.C. Fields as a young juggler
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Jo-Jo made the rounds of the dime museums
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 24, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7, 8. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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