Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
30 June 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

01 Mar 1867, Evening
11 Mar 1867, Evening
12 Mar 1867, Evening
13 Mar 1867, Evening
14 Mar 1867, Evening
15 Mar 1867, Evening

Program Details

Patti in Paris included the songs "Il Bacio," "L'Estasi," and the waltz by Arditi, all performed by Francis Leon.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Streets of New-York
aka Kiss; Kuss, Der
Composer(s): Arditi
Participants:  Francis Leon
aka Ecstasy; Extase
Composer(s): Arditi
Participants:  Francis Leon
Composer(s): Arditi
Participants:  Francis Leon
aka Cinder-le-on
aka Pompey's blunders!; Pomp's blunders
aka Water nymph


Advertisement: New York Herald, 10 March 1867, 1.

Fifteenth night of Patti in Paris. “Kellefanti, Seymourgali, Allenalini.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 11 March 1867.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 13 March 1867.

Mentions Price and Oberist. “Demon Dance at 9:30. 60th Night.”

Review: New York Herald, 14 March 1867.

“Amusements. Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels. Notwithstanding the unpleasantness of the atmosphere and the disagreeable condition of the streets a large and fashionable audience visited Kelly & Leon’s hall of minstrelsy last evening. The programme for the week is most entertaining and attractive, and, as regards quality or quantity, there is nothing left for either the most fastidious or exacting to desire. The straight triple clog dance, by Gardner and George and Willie Guy, met with a most enthusiastic encore, and the grand operatic and instrumental burlesque was received with well merited applause.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 16 March 1867, 390.

“[T]he new style of advertising they have adopted has in a great measure been a loadstone for attracting crowds to their hall. Not following in the old stereotyped style of letting the public know that they ‘still live,’ they adopt almost every style imaginable in the way of printers’ ink of keeping themselves before the public. Their style of advertisements in the papers is new and original with them, and the many kinds of posters that are placarded on the walls are among the most attractive put out.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 16 March 1867, 387.

“The ONLY LEON will SING THE ARDITA WALTZES . . .In PATTI IN PARIS the ONLY LEON WILL WEAR a Superb dress, A LA EUGENIA, imported exclusively for him.”

It’s hard to tell in the NYC and NYT ads exactly what is being performed. Some pieces may be included within other pieces.

Review: New York Clipper, 23 March 1867, 398.

“[Last] week, the houses [were] crowded every evening but one, when the weather was very stormy.”