Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

Event Information

Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Record Information


Last Updated:
13 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Apr 1867, Evening
23 Apr 1867, Evening
24 Apr 1867, Evening
25 Apr 1867, Evening
26 Apr 1867, Evening
27 Apr 1867, Evening

Program Details

First appearance of clog dancer Stevie Rogers.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Cinder-le-on
Composer(s): Coulston
Text Author: Angelo
Participants:  Eph Horn
aka Horn's temple of mystery
Participants:  Eph Horn
Text Author: Leon
aka Naughty girls


Advertisement: New York Clipper, 21 April 1867, 22.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 22 April 1867, 2.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 22 April 1867, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 26 April 1867, 7.

“Full houses continue to be attracted to this popular hall of minstrelsy, and to laugh in concert to the rare jocasities of the City Cars, Matrimony and the odd ballet-burlesques of Cinder-Leon, while Eph Horn mimics the Temple of Mystery to perfection. The Naughty Girls is the pet piece of the audience, and never fails to elicit a universal giggle.” 

Review: New York Clipper, 04 May 1867, 30.

“’Folks That Put on Airs’ should not visit Kelly & Leon’s Minstrel Hall, for if they do Eph Horn will make them feel bad, particularly when singing his song with the above title.  He hits them off in good style, and, while not saying anything offensive, goes just far enough to create a fund of humor.  Eph has made a hit here, particularly in his act of the ‘Temple of Mystery.’. . . Leon is undoubtedly one of the best impersonators of female characters at present in this country.  He dances with grace, and is as quick on his pins as any one we ever saw.  His pigeon cuts and toe movements are equal to the execution of a majority of the principal danseuses in this country.  W. S. Budworth is popular in his banjo solos.”