Ben Cotton and Sam Sharpley’s Minstrels

Event Information

Theatre Comique [1867- : 514 Broadway]

Manager / Director:
Charley White
Samuel M. Sharpley
Ben Cotton

Price: $.25, .50, and .75

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Record Information


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, Matinee
14 Sep 1867, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Richard No. 3 ; Teutonic tyrant of squantum; Richard Ye No. 3; Richard Third; Richard de three times; Dutch Richard III
Participants:  D. L. Morris


Advertisement: New York Herald, 09 September 1867.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 10 September 1867.

“Fun without vulgarity.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 14 September 1867, 182.


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

“Gradually but surely is the Theatre Comique gaining a foothold among the established favorite places of amusement in this city, under the experienced management of Sam Sharpley, Charley White and Ben Cotton.  The entertainment offered is first class in every respect, and the class of people who patronize the Comique are as fashionable as can be seen in any theatre in this city.  Every night the orchestra, as well as the dress circle is graced with a large number of ladies who appear to enjoy the entertainment as well as those of the sterner sex. Sharpley and Cotton’s Minstrels is a well organized band, having in the line some excellent musicians and vocalists, while the end business is in the hands of Messrs. Sharpley and Cotton. They give a good first part, concluding with the skating scene, which is well received each evening. This is the third season that Mr. Sharpley has brought a minstrel band to this city, and played with success during the fall and winter season, going on the road for a traveling tour in the spring. The performances of the Leon brothers on the trapeze and the suspended pole, were very good. D. L Morris appeared all last week in the burlesque of ‘Richard No. 3.’ Mr. Morris has previously appeared in this city, at Barnum’s old museum. He is a very clever actor, and his dialect is as good as we ever heard. Although suffering from a cold last week, he did very well.”