Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
18 September 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

27 Apr 1868, Evening
28 Apr 1868, Evening
29 Apr 1868, Evening
30 Apr 1868, Evening
01 May 1868, Evening
02 May 1868, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Gypsy warblers
aka Ebony sketches


Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 April 1868.
Announcement: New York Herald, 27 April 1868, 3.

“‘The Grand Dutch S’, at Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels, has proved too attractive for the management to withdraw it this season. A harpist and tenor have been lately added to the troupe.”

Review: New York Herald, 29 April 1868, 9.

“Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels.—The Parisian Dutchess of Gerolstein was short-lived in our city as compared with the promising longevity of the ‘Grand Dutch ‘S’” at Kelly & Leon’s. Present appearances, as indicated in the immense crowds that still nightly are gathered in this most popular temple of Ethiopian minstrelsy to witness this pleasing burlesque show that it has just fairly entered on its prolongued [sic] career of brilliant success. Each night only adds to its popularity; and it is not to be wondered at; the piece is full of broad humor, its sarcastic hits are so sharp and pointed, and the delineation of the various characters so strikingly original and perfect in every detail. But aside from this great drawing feature there are other strongly attractive features in the continuous change of the preliminary programme, which always presents a splendid combination of the finest singing, good music, racy and original jokes and the best of dancing. A new tenor of transatlantic reputation has just been added to the company, as also a harp player of great skill. Novelties, however, are an unfailing characteristic of the place with Leon as the great exponent of all that makes burlesque so attractive.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 02 May 1868, 31.