Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
15 May 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

12 Aug 1867, Evening
13 Aug 1867, Evening
14 Aug 1867, Evening
15 Aug 1867, Evening
16 Aug 1867, Evening
17 Aug 1867, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Seedy musicians; Old time's rocks; Old times' rocks; Old times rock


Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 August 1867, 3.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 17 August 1867, 150, 2d col., bottom.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 17 August 1867, 151.
Review: New York Clipper, 24 August 1867, 154, 3d col., top.

“These performers [Delehanty and Hengler] are great favorites with a majority of traveling minstrel managers, as well as through the country, having traveled with several bands.  After having been quarreled over by two different minstrel managers in this city (having made contracts with both) and very extensively advertised by both parties, the public became curious to see them.  We went, on the opening night, prepared to see something really astonishing in the leg and toe business.  We came away satisfied that we had seen the two neat and graceful dancers.  Their song and dance is much better than the double clog.  The bottom of their shoes is said to be made of rope, and we do not doubt it, for as they dance about the stage they make scarcely any noise.  They have introduced a new style of dancing, to slow and very piano music, which from its originality takes with the audience.  They are clever, but not great performers.  F. Williams joined the troupe on the 12th.”