Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
31 August 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

20 Apr 1868, Evening
21 Apr 1868, Evening
22 Apr 1868, Evening
23 Apr 1868, Evening
24 Apr 1868, Evening
25 Apr 1868, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Gypsy warblers


Announcement: New York Herald, 20 April 1868, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 April 1868.
Review: New York Herald, 23 April 1868, 9.

“‘The Grand Dutch S’ continues still to be the great attraction at this house, being nightly presented to well filled houses. California Joe appears likewise, to have made a hit here in his comedy parts and to have established himself high in metropolitan favor, if frequent applause be any evidence of appreciation. The remainder of the bill, made up of olios, singing and dancing, is equally attractive, each novelty of this kind meeting with repeated encores.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 25 April 1868, 22.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 25 April 1868, 23.
Review: New York Clipper, 02 May 1868, 30.

Remarks on Joe Murphy: “He does a clever song and dance, but not as good as many others that make this a feature. His reception each evening the past week was very enthusiastic. Kelly and Leon give one of the best minstrel entertainments ever witnessed in this city, the vocal as well as instrumental music being exceedingly good. There are nine voices in the chorus, which includes some of those engaged for the chorus of the ‘Grand Dutch S.’ There are now seventeen performers in the first part besides the pianist, the instrumental part also having been strengthened.”