Charley White’s Minstrels

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

Event Type:
Minstrel, Variety / Vaudeville

Record Information


Last Updated:
30 March 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Nov 1866, Evening
20 Nov 1866, Evening
21 Nov 1866, Evening
22 Nov 1866, Evening
23 Nov 1866, Evening
24 Nov 1866, Matinee
24 Nov 1866, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Text Author: White
Participants:  Charley White
Composer(s): Unknown composer
aka Sergent Slashem’s panorama
aka Blackberry's brigade reviewed
aka Hannah goes to war
aka Brilliant dances
Participants:  Viro Farrand
aka New songs; Foreign airs by native artists
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  George R. Edeson
Participants:  Millie Flora


Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 November 1866.
Announcement: New York Herald, 19 November 1866, 5.
Advertisement: New York Sun, 21 November 1866.
Review: New York Herald, 22 November 1866, 7.

“The entertainment at this place of amusement last evening was of that varied and diversified nature which is usually popular, and was witnessed by a large and appreciative audience. The bill given was very full and exhaustive, and crowded with the witty and sentiments. Charley White, in the Stupid Servant, appeared in one of his most happy characters, and received the unanimous approbation of the house. Mrs. Viro Farrand executed a fancy dance with considerable skill, though somewhat lacking in grace. Edeson was made to sing comic songs by the gratified audience until he was exhausted, and the clear fine voice of Eva Brent awoke a hearty round of applause. A ballet was presented under the name of Les Jardiniers, a very pretty affair, to the success of which Millie Flora and a strong support mainly contributed. Warren and Winship hit off a richly sentimental ballad most happily in the Two Gailies, the audience being convulsed with merriment. The entertainment concluded with the sensational play of The Female Clerks of Washington, which is now in its second week.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 24 November 1866, 264.
Review: New York Clipper, 01 December 1866, 270.

“‘The Female Clerks of Washington,” in conjunction with a variety of negro and other acts affords about three hours enjoyment for the patrons of Charley White's Hall. Business continues first rate, and Charley White's name on the books of the revenue collector shows a healthy return for the establishment.”