I believe that this is the earliest press clipping we have found:
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sunday, November 18, 1888
HYDE & BEHMAN's THEATER
This week M. B. Leavitt's company will present a bill that is said to be all new . The performers are the Zanettos, the Avones, Ryan and Richfield, Ella Deane, the Pylades, the Milton Sisters, the Donnells, the Gilleno Brothers, Duncan and Farroll and Willimot. Several of those people have never before played on the American stage.