Brooklyn Theatre Fire, The [Laws G27]

DESCRIPTION: A large audience is in the Brooklyn Theatre (to watch a performance of "The Two Orphans"). The scenery catches fire and the crowd panics. The next day the theatre is a charred ruin packed with bodies. A mass funeral is planned
AUTHOR: P. J. Downey
EARLIEST DATE: before 1882 (Wehman broadside reproduced by Cohen)
KEYWORDS: fire death funeral disaster
Dec 5, 1876 - 295 people die in a fire at a Brooklyn theatre
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Laws G27, "The Brooklyn Theatre Fire"
Randolph 688, "The Brooklyn Fire" (1 text)
Peters, p. 243, "The Brooklyn Theater Fire" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 114-116, "The Two Orphans, or, The Brooklyn Theatre Fire" (1 text plus a broadside print)
Owens-1ed, pp. 285-287, "The Two Orphans" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, pp. 82-84, "The Two Orphans" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Harold Nestler, "Songs from the Hudson Valley" (article in _New York Folklore Quarterly_, Volume V, #2, Summer 1949), pp. 104-105, "The Brooklyn Theatre" (1 text)

Roud #3258
File: LG27

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