Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
30 March 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Nov 1866, 7:45 PM
20 Nov 1866, 7:45 PM
21 Nov 1866, 7:45 PM
22 Nov 1866, 7:45 PM
23 Nov 1866, 7:45 PM
24 Nov 1866, 7:45 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Francis Leon
Participants:  Francis Leon
aka Original excursion trip around the world


Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 November 1866.
Announcement: New York Herald, 19 November 1866, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 19 November 1866, 5.

“The great novelty which has been placed on the boards of Messrs. Kelly & Leon’s Minstrel Hall, 720 Broadway, in the shape of the spectacular excursion entitled ‘A Trip Around the World,’ continues to crowd the house, and seats are secured a day in advance. The piece is full of exciting scenes, one of which, representing the great naval combat between the Kearsage and Alabama, is hailed with rounds of applause nightly. Other fine acts are presented. The company is in force, including a quartet of comedians in the persons of George Christy, John Allen, Nelse Seymour and Sam Price.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 19 November 1866, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 21 November 1866, 7.

“The elegant little hall occupied by Messrs. Kelly and Leon’s minstrels was jammed full, by an appreciative and delighted audience last evening. The bill with which they opened the present week has proved to be the most successful which they have yet given, persons being nightly unable to procure even standing room. In the place of the concert with which entertainments of this character usually open, there has been substituted a panorama, which is accompanied by songs, dances, and witticisms, illustrative of the nation from which the scenes given are taken. This new feature is decidedly rich, and is overflowing with the most perfect wit and sentiment. Leon appeared in a wonderful new dance, ‘Le pas d’air,’ which he executed with a grace and agility worthy of a premiere danseuse. Mr. Kelly’s singing is initimable [sic], and Nelse Seymour, Christy, Johnnie Allen and the funny Sam Price kept the audience in a roar of laughter. The entertainment concluded with a new farce entitled The Troublesome Legacy.” 

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 24 November 1866, 263.
Review: New York Clipper, 01 December 1866, 270.

“Kelly and Leon's Minstrels, with their panorama of ‘A Trip Round the World’ attracted audiences to their bijou of a Minstrel Hall every evening last week.”