Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
17 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

29 Apr 1867
30 Apr 1867
01 May 1867
02 May 1867
03 May 1867
04 May 1867

Program Details

No time given. George Guy's debut.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Francis Leon
aka Cinder-le-on
Composer(s): White
Participants:  Eph Horn;  Francis Leon;  Edwin Kelly
Composer(s): Coulston
Text Author: Angelo
Participants:  Eph Horn
aka Horn's temple of mystery
Participants:  Eph Horn


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

“Wit, humor and comicality still hold high carnival at this popular temple of fun, and nightly receive the tribute of irrepressible laughter from large and delighted audiences. With the exception of the old favorite Cinderleon, there is an entire change of programme this week.  The versatile and inimitable Leon, immense as he is a la Fanny Eisler, in the ne plus ultra of burlesque, the Prima Donna from the Country, with imitations of operatic artistes, eclipses his further efforts.  The elephantine Seymour, the dignified Kelly and the grandiloquent Eph Horn are as acceptable as ever.”

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

Have decided not to accept offer to go to Paris and will remain in their hall.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 04 May 1867, 31.
Review: New York Clipper, 11 May 1867, 38, 2 col. .

“Among the features of the past week’s programme at Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels, was that good old piece called ‘Oh! Hush!’  You can’t oh! hush! While this funny sketch is going on, for it is as full of fun as a bad egg is full of bad meat.  Eph Horn was the Cuffee, Edwin Kelly the Dandy Johnson, and Leon the Rosa; and, rub rasa, to speak learnedly, the parts were well performed.  It is in such old time pieces that Ephraim calls back the light of other days, and makes us sigh for the hours now flown.  Our culled friends and brothers didn’t move on the first of May, and Kelly & Leon’s famous troupe will be ‘at home’ every evening during the week.”