Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
1 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

09 Sep 1867, Evening
10 Sep 1867, Evening
11 Sep 1867, Evening
12 Sep 1867, Evening
13 Sep 1867, Evening
14 Sep 1867, Evening

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Advertisement: New York Herald, 08 September 1867.

“Hundreds unable to gain admission . . . delights the ladies.”

Review: New York Clipper, 21 September 1867, 190.

“The largest receipts of Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels since their first appearance in this city were booked the past week.  Every night the hall was densely crowded, and long before the first part was over scarcely a foot of standing room was to be had.  The company has become very popular, and deservedly so, for they have the past two weeks given as good a minstrel performance from beginning to end as has been witnessed for a long time.  A few weeks ago we took them to task for singing the same old songs, doing the same old acts, and telling the old stereotyped gags that had become like household words.  Our remarks have been heeded, for since then the men have studied new gags, ‘singists’ have sung new songs, and new acts have been introduced in the olio.  The consequence of all this is, the hall crowded every night with delighted patrons, the performers are pleased with the manner they are received, and the managers are jubilant over the treasurer’s returns.”