Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

Event Information

Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Record Information


Last Updated:
8 February 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Oct 1867, Evening
15 Oct 1867, Evening
16 Oct 1867, Evening
17 Oct 1867, Evening
18 Oct 1867, Evening
19 Oct 1867, Evening

Program Details

Am-a-sin march is a parody of the Japanese troupes seen recently at various houses.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Favorite ballads ; Ballads and warblings; Beautiful ballads
Participants:  Edwin Kelly
aka Amaze-un march
aka Political harangue; Political address; Election speech
Participants:  Francis Leon


Advertisement: New York Herald, 14 October 1867.
Review: New York Clipper, 19 October 1867, 222.

“. . . attracting very large audiences to their hall to listen to their burnt cork peculiarities. The burlesque of ‘Ernani’ has been so favorably received that it is kept on the bills this week; also that laughable burlesque of the Japs, in which introduced an ‘Amaze-un March’ by the company. The entertainment offered by this troupe, which is first class, is highly relished by the audience in attendance every evening.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 19 October 1867.

“LEON’S AMAZE-UN MARCH received with enthusiasm, LEON’S POLITICAL ORATIONS receive encores innumerable.  LEON’S ERNANI BURLESQUE creates intense excitement.  LEON’S WONDERFUL JAPS brings the audience to their feet.  LEON’S SAUCY SAL is a signal for enthusiasm.”