Bryants’ Minstrels

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Bryants’ Minstrel Hall (E. 14th St.)

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Last Updated:
20 July 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

15 Jun 1868, Evening
16 Jun 1868, Evening
17 Jun 1868, Evening
18 Jun 1868, Evening
19 Jun 1868, Evening
20 Jun 1868, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Policy officer of existence
Text Author: Brougham
Composer(s): Lingard
Text Author: Lingard
Participants:  Dan Bryant
Composer(s): Lingard
Composer(s): Lingard
Text Author: Lingard
aka New York at high twelve


Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 June 1868.
Announcement: New-York Times, 15 June 1868, 5.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 16 June 1868, 7.
Review: New-York Daily Tribune, 19 June 1868, 4.

“The new home of Bryants’ Minstrels, in Tammany Hall, adjoining the Academy of Music in Fourteenth-st., is one of the coziest and most enjoyable places of amusement in the metropolis. It is actually constructed with a view to the requirements of the audience, even in respect to the insignificant particulars, so generally overlooked, of comfort and facility in sitting, seeing, and hearing. It is conducted in the same popular spirit. The company, comprising Messrs. Neil and Dan Bryant, Unsworth, Eugene, Nelse Seymour, Eph Horn, Dempster, Henry, Grier, Hughes, Hogan, and others, is wholly unsurpassed. The programme always contains something suited to every taste. The comic and sentimental songs and music are sparkling, fresh, and pleasing to every ear. The new jokes are happy and ‘prosperously delivered,’ and the old ones turn up so oddly in new forms, as to be equally welcome and laughable. A running commentary is kept up on all that is transpiring of moment in the fashionable, political, scientific, and theatrical world, and all the fun is extracted from each with delightful effect. The sensational drama is especially fruitful here in burlesque entertainment. ‘The Lottery of Life’ and ‘New-York by Moonlight’ are rich specimens of this mine of mirth, worked so profitably by the Bryants. What they will make of the promised ‘Flask of (Jersey) Lightning,’ Ben. Franklin, were he living, alone could tell. We await the explosion with interest. In the mean time, every evening’s programme is full of good things which no lover of wit, fun, humor, and music can fail to relish.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 20 June 1868, 87.
Review: New-York Times, 22 June 1868, 5.

“The BRYANTS have made several improvements in their new hall. They cannot, however, make any improvements in their company. Go and see ‘Captain Jinks, of the Horse Marines,’ and the scene from BROUGHAM’S ‘Lottery of Life.’”

Review: New York Clipper, 27 June 1868, p. 94, 3d col., top.

“Bryants’ Minstrels produced a burlesque on Lingard, the London comic, last week, to which Dan Bryant sung and Unsworth did the business; but neither Dan Bryant nor Unsworth seemed to have the least idea of the style and business of Lingard, and Dan’s voice is hardly suitable for a young lady, singing, as he did, ‘On the Beach at Long Branch,’ in female attire. What Dan lacked in his singing he made up in dancing, for he finished the act with a jig. His ‘Captain Jinks’ was his best impersonation, his peculiar swagger appearing to please very well. Eugene continues in great favor with the habitues and is heartily applauded each evening. On the encore last week he gave ‘The Dashing White Sergeant,’ which was capitally rendered, and received with shouts of laughter. As an impersonator of female characters, he has very few, if any equals. This week will be produced a burlesque called ‘A Flask of Jersey Lightning.’”