Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
5 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Apr 1867, Evening
16 Apr 1867, Evening
17 Apr 1867, Evening
18 Apr 1867, Evening
19 Apr 1867, Evening
20 Apr 1867, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Grand scene Norma
aka Horn's temple of mystery
aka Glendy Burke
Composer(s): Foster
Participants:  Eph Horn
aka Sleep well, sweet angel; Sleep well, dear angel
Composer(s): Abt


Announcement: New York Clipper, 13 April 1867, 6, 3d col., top.

Eph Horn’s return.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 April 1867.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 15 April 1867, 7.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 20 April 1867, 14, 3d col., top.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 20 April 1867, 15.
Review: New York Herald, 20 April 1867, 7.

“The spicy and attractive programme offered by this favorite troupe continues to receive from a discerning public the acknowledgement it well deserves in the shape of crowded houses. The inimitable Leon, whether in his role of Norma, the highly respectable young lady, or Saucy Sal, the colored female with conspicuous waterfall, provokes roars of laughter from the delighted audience. Eph. Horn, minstrel, [conjuror?] and clown, and Edwin Kelly, in City Cars, are also greeted with unmistakable marks of popular favor.”

Review: New York Clipper, 27 April 1867, 21, 2d col., top.

“Eph Horn commenced an engagement with Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels on the 15th inst., and he proved ‘a horn of plenty,’ being as full of fun as was the treasurer’s box of postal currency, for the house was densely packed. Long before the curtain rose on the disciples of burnt cork every seat was occupied, and when the performance commenced there were two lines of anxious seekers after amusement from the box office to the gutter on Broadway, blocking up the sidwalk. Eph Horn has a host of friends in this city, as was demonstrated the first night he appeared. On showing his corked face before the vast assemblage he was received by as hearty a round of applause—which lasted several minutes—as we have ever heard in a minstrel hall. In the first part he sang ‘Glendy Burke,’ which was very funny. In the olio he appeared as the Professor, with Nelse Seymour as a confederate. In his act of magic a la Heller, Eph told several good jokes, which were highly relished by the audience. Walter Birch, balladist, put in a first appearance with this party on the 15th, and sang ‘Kiss me, Mother, Kiss me, Darling,’ in the first part, and ‘Sleep well, Sweet Angel,’ in the olio. He has improved since we last heard him in this city and made a favorable impression. The entire entertainment passed off satisfactorily to all present.”