Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

Event Information

Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

Event Type:
Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
26 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

13 May 1867, Evening
14 May 1867, Evening
15 May 1867, Evening
16 May 1867, Evening
17 May 1867, Evening
18 May 1867, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Thrilling flying leap of the Japs; Arrival and appearance of the Japs in their Yeddo Sunday clothes; Burlesque of the miraculous Japs
aka Kiss; Kuss, Der
Composer(s): Arditi
aka Ecstasy; Extase
Composer(s): Arditi
aka Woman's rights
Composer(s): Fern
Participants:  Eph Horn


Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 May 1867, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 13 May 1867, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 16 May 1867, 3.

“The ‘Japs’—not the chaps of the Tycoon—are now delighting and surprising the large audiences that nightly throng this favorite place of amusement.  These tawny gentlemen, who have periled so much to win the approbation of a New York public, are justly deserving of all the applause that they receive.  They appear in full Jeddo holiday regalia, and cause their patrons to scream with fright and delight at the same time; and the half chop-stick half Choctaw sound of their dialect is rendered all the more incomprehensible through the unintelligible explanations of the voluble interpreter.  No one should fail to see this great and wonderful troupe in their daring acrobatic feats, as to do so would be a just cause for hari-kari.  The music, dresses, mimic language and performances are eminently pertaining to the ‘Japs,’ and they are undoubtedly the most marvelous troupe, in the way of burlesque, that have ever visited our benighted shores.”  

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 18 May 1867, 47.
Review: New York Clipper, 18 May 1867, 46, col. 1, bottom .

“Leon & Kelly’s band have got up a very amusing trifle, which would make even the Japs laugh, could they witness it.  Eph Horn’s act of ‘Women’s Rights’ ought to please our anniversary friends, who will probably remain in the city some time to see the sights.”

Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 18 May 1867.
Review: New York Clipper, 25 May 1867, 54, 2d col., top.

“. . . but the troupe at Kelly and Leon’s equal any in the city. It is the last act on the bill, and all the company appear dressed in an outlandish costume; and after making their obeisance go through some of the queering old joking, enough to give Henry Ward Beecher points for a new story. After burlesqueing every act done by the real Japs, several members of the company come head long down a rope stretched from the ceiling of the auditorium over the gallery to the stage. It sends the audience away roaring with laughter. Nelse Seymour’s ‘Butterflying’ is very funny, and Eph Horn, with two sticks of wood, conducts the performance.  If any of our readers have the blues let them see the Japs of Kelly and Leon’s importation and they will come away entirely cured.”