Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
4 October 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

24 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
25 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
26 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
27 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
28 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
29 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Grand reopening of Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall. As per the New York Clipper, the hall “has been entirely remodeled under the supervision of Mr. Edwin Kelly," and will reopen with the "largest and best cast ever; new scenery, gorgeous costumes, orchestra."

Chorus to consist of “a number of soprano male voices from the leading church choirs in the city."

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Chorus, unidentified;  Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels;  William H. Brockway (role: Prince Sapphire);  Francis Leon (role: Boulotta);  Edwin Kelly (role: Blue Barber)


Article: New York Herald, 11 July 1868, 8.

Renvoation underway at Kelly and Leon's Minstrel Hall.

Article: New York Clipper, 18 July 1868, 118.

Description of renovations to the hall, under Edwin Kelly's supervision, while the troupe is on tour.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 08 August 1868, 142.

For August 17.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 15 August 1868, 150.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 August 1868.
Announcement: New York Herald, 20 August 1868, 4.

“Their burlesque of ‘Barbe Bleue’ has been in rehearsal for a long time. During the summer the auditorium was divided into orchestra chairs, dress circle, balcony chairs, gallery, and four private boxes, all richly decorated. Several large windows have been added to improve circulation. They also added a crystal prismatic illuminator (costing $15,000), which contains 2,200 variegated prisms and will decorate the entrance.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 20 August 1868, 7.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 22 August 1868, 158.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 22 August 1868, 159.
Announcement: New York Sun, 26 August 1868, 1.

“An enormous colored glass reflector, in the shape of a star, was erected yesterday” in front of the theater, which is undergoing repairs.