Griffin and Christy’s Minstrels

Event Information

Fifth Avenue Opera House

Manager / Director:
George W. Howard Griffin

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
5 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM
16 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM
17 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM
18 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM
19 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM
20 Apr 1867, 2:30 PM
20 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Blue-eyed Nellie
Composer(s): Blamphin
Text Author: Blamphin


Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 April 1867, 12.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 15 April 1867, 7.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 20 April 1867, 14, 2d col., bottom.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 20 April 1867, 15.
Review: New York Herald, 20 April 1867, 7.

“An excellent programme is now being nightly offered by the management of this popular place of entertainment, comprising burlesque opera, Ethiopian comedy and dancing. Boyce’s Hiberno-Ethiopian warblings in the song of O’Donnoghue Slim are irresistibly amusing, and the sentimental ballads Meet Me To-night and Blue Eyed Nellie, are pleasingly rendered by Henry and Leslie. Among the new attractions for the present week are the burlesque extravaganza Brigandiano, or the Fatal Love, and the laughable piece entitled Robert Macaire.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 21 April 1867, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 27 April 1867, 21, 2d col., middle.

“The minstrels that hold forth nightly, as well as every Saturday afternoon, at the Twenty-fourth street and Fifth avenue Minstrel Hall, are attracting pretty good houses and giving a good show. George Christy keeps the bone end up with credit to himself and the patrons of the establishment. Johnny Boyce, who is on the tambo end, convulses his audience with laughter. On the end Irish songs are his specialties and in them he is immensely funny. During the first part Frank Leslie introduced a new act called ‘The Sneezer,’ which was effectively given, and created considerable amusement. Otto Burbank is a feature with his song and dance in the olio business. An act called ‘The Brigandiono,’ introducing several members of the company, afforded considerable amusement while it lasted. The rest of the evening’s programme was well carried out. The laughable sketch called ‘Robert Macaire’ concluded the evening’s fun.”