Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
27 May 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Oct 1866, Evening
16 Oct 1866, Evening
17 Oct 1866, Evening
18 Oct 1866, Evening
19 Oct 1866, Evening
20 Oct 1866, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Doctor of all-can-tear-her ; Doctor of all can tear her
Text Author: Leon
aka My dear restore her
aka Clog reel
aka Favorite ballads ; Ballads and warblings; Beautiful ballads
Participants:  Edwin Kelly


Announcement: New York Herald, 15 October 1866, 4.

“At the new hall, No. 720 Broadway, Mr. George Christy, the comedian, enters the second week of his engagement with Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels Company. Dick Sands, a champion clog dancer, appears for the first time this evening. Kelly’s operetta, Matrimony, is on the bill, which is varied with other good pieces.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 October 1866, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 15 October 1866, 4.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 15 October 1866, 7.
Review: New-York Times, 19 October 1866, 4.

“Hope Chapel, where so many have left hope behind, has been entirely remodeled by the spirited proprietors of this new minstrel band. It is now one of the brightest little places in the City, conducted with energy and tact, and presenting an admirable programme of Ethiopian music. George Christy is a member of the troupe – a host in himself. Allen, Sands and Kelly are also prominent artists, who give entire satisfaction to the patrons of the house.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 20 October 1866, 224.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 October 1866, 7.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 October 1866, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 27 October 1866, 230.

“‘My-De-Ar Res-Tore-Her,’ one of Leon’s burlesque prima donna acts, was given at Kelly & Leon’s Minstrel Hall last week; also a burlesque on the opera of ‘The Doctor of Alcantara.’ Both of these sketches were capitally done, and created considerable fun. A number of new songs, comic and sentimental, were given during the week, and a change in the olio business took place. Business was large all through the week, camp stools being placed in the aisles several evenings. Frank Moran, who has been absent for a week, appears on the end this week.”