Bryants’ Minstrels

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Bryants’ Minstrel Hall

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Last Updated:
8 October 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

31 Aug 1868, 8:00 PM
01 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
02 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
03 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
04 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM
05 Sep 1868, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Ill truebaddoer; Ill true bad doer; Trovatore [burlesque]
Text Author: Eugene
Composer(s): Lingard
Participants:  Dan Bryant
aka Live injun
Participants:  Dan Bryant


Announcement: New York Sun, 31 August 1868, 2.

Burlesque of 'Lucrezia Borgia' in preparation.

Advertisement: New-York Times, 31 August 1868, 7.
Review: New-York Times, 01 September 1868, 4.

Brief: “The Bryants came out with a lot of novelties [last evening], and held their own, as they have always done.”

Review: New York Clipper, 05 September 1868, 174.

“Bryants’ Minstrels had a succession of good houses the past week, the attendance being quite large each evening. Dan Bryant’s impersonation of Captain Jinks is kept on the bills; also the farce of ‘The Live Injin.’ Hogan and Hughes, two clever clog dancers and double song and dance men, do this week, for the first time at this hall, their act known as ‘We are the Happiest Couple Out.’”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 05 September 1868, 175.
Review: New-York Times, 07 September 1868, 4.

“The revival of the week at Bryant’s was the ‘Wild Injun’—a farce in which Mr. Owens made a hit some years ago.  It has been Africanized funnily, and Mr. Dan Bryant plays the part formerly sustained by Mr. Owens, and with a breadth of humor and dramatic nerve which that gentleman could not excel. Mr. Bryant is not only an Ethiopian of the best dye, but a comedian of first-class ability. His performances are marked by a peculiar and happy mingling of the two extremes of the procession, grotesqueness and true art. He is supported by what may really be called a ‘star’ company. Nelse Seymour is a host in himself. To our mind he is the most original of Ethiopian delineators. Unsworth is a comic artist of a different stamp, abounding in ready wit, and catching quickly the absurd side of everything. In the burlesque of ‘Il Trovatore’ he is seen and heard to decided advantage. Eugene's Leonore is also an admirable piece of mimicry, but this gentleman excels, we think, in the character of a danseuse. We have never seen legitimate, high-school Milan dancing so well imitated by a man. There are many popular favorites of the other sex who neither possess the grace nor the agility of Eugene. The pieces to which we have referred will be repeated every evening during the present week.”