Bryants’ Minstrels

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Bryants’ Minstrel Hall

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Last Updated:
4 September 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
18 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
19 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
20 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
21 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
22 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

The entertainment is described in the citations as minstrelsy, farce, opera, and burlesque.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Ill truebaddoer; Ill true bad doer; Trovatore [burlesque]
Text Author: Eugene
Participants:  Dan Bryant (role: Man wreak-oh);  [minstrel comedian] Unsworth (role: Count D' Lunatic);  [minstrel singer] Eugene (role: Leo-Norah)
aka Happy jokes
Composer(s): Lingard
Participants:  Dan Bryant (role: Captain Jinks)
aka Live injun


Advertisement: New York Herald, 16 August 1868.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 17 August 1868, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 18 August 1868, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 18 August 1868, 5.

“Bryants’ Minstrels, having the field of ‘cork opera’ to themselves, are doing an immense business. They give the usual amount of songs and dances as well as the burlesque, ‘Ill-True-Bad-Doer,’ and the Ethiopian sketch, ‘Blue Barber.’”

Announcement: New-York Times, 18 August 1868, 4.
Review: New-York Times, 19 August 1868, 4.

“In a lighter and more jovial way the Bryants hold out inducements which seem to be irresistible.  One of the features of the programme now is a capital burlesque version of ‘Il Trovatore,’ in which Unsworth, as the Count de Lunatic, is very droll. The entire programme is admirable, and the company—as we have had frequent occasion to say—is the best we have ever had in New-York.”

Review: New York Herald, 20 August 1868, 4.

“This old and favorite company are snugly ensconced in the new hall in the Wigwam of old Tammany, and are already doing a good business. They will adhere strictly to the legitimate business of minstrelsy throughout the entire season, and will introduce many new songsters and eccentric delineators of the Ethiopian type. All their extravaganzas and negro sketches will hereafter be of a higher order, and the performances will close with original burlesques, one of which is now in active rehearsal, and was written by Mr. John Brougham especially for this troupe.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 22 August 1868, 159.
Announcement: New-York Daily Tribune, 22 August 1868, 4.