Griffin and Christy’s Minstrels

Event Information

Fifth Avenue Opera House

Manager / Director:
George W. Howard Griffin

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
17 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

29 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM
30 Apr 1867, 8:00 PM
01 May 1867, 8:00 PM
02 May 1867, 8:00 PM
03 May 1867, 8:00 PM
04 May 1867, 2:30 PM
04 May 1867, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Peter Pipes
Text Author: Bowers
Participants:  George N. Christy
aka We are the happiest couple out
aka Bob Ridley
Composer(s): White
Text Author: White
Participants:  Otto Burbank


Advertisement: New York Herald, 29 April 1867, 2.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 29 April 1867, 7.
Review: New-York Times, 01 May 1867, 7.

“Christy pales not in brilliancy with the lapse of years, but shines on just as gloriously as in the days of old, and if anything he improves with age.  He is ably seconded in his endeavors to please seconded in his endeavors to please the public by his excellent band, and their programme is replete with the funniest of fun.  The two Gentlemen of Verona nightly delight their audiences with their strange mishaps and adventures, and the Happiest Couple Out, give them at the same time some sage and wholesome advice.  Last evening George Christy in the Man About Town, was inimitable, and kept the audience in a continual roar of laughter.” 

Announcement: New York Clipper, 04 May 1867, 30.
Review: New York Clipper, 11 May 1867, 38, 2d col. .

“A medical student caused considerable excitement at Griffin & Christy’s Minstrel Hall on the evening of April 29.  After Otto Burbank had finished his song and dance of ‘Old Bob Ridley,’ this disciple of [Escuispius?] appeared upon the stage and for about five minutes caused no little excitement.  It was soon discovered that George Christy was the guilty individual who caused so much trouble, and quiet was restored.  It was a laughable act, well done by Christy and Griffin.  The programme contained several other good acts which were well played by the company.”