Harry Allen (1885-86)

Harry Allen toured New England in 1885-86 as Pooh-Bah with D’Oyly Carte’s Third American Mikado Company under the management of John Stetson. When the Second American Company completed its run in Boston in the Spring, Signor Brocolini replaced Allen as Pooh-Bah on tour. Allen had earlier played Pooh-Bah in America’s first authorized production of The Mikado at Uhrig’s Cave, St. Louis, under the management of John T. Ford.

While Pooh-Bah was Allen’s only role under D’Oyly Carte auspices, he was a regular on the American stage in the 1870s, 80s, and 90s. He appeared at the Broad Street Theatre in Philadelphia as the Usher and Dick Deadeye in a star-studded Trial by Jury/H.M.S. Pinafore double-bill in February 1879. His numerous roles in New York included Captain Flint in Alfred Cellier’s The Sultan of Mocha (1880, with Blanche Roosevelt’s Company, Cellier himself conducting), and Rev. William Barlow in Grundy and Solomon’s original version of The Vicar of Bray (1882).

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