Bryants’ Minstrels

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Bryants’ Minstrel Hall

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31 December 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
22 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
23 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
24 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
25 Dec 1868, 2:00 PM
25 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM
26 Dec 1868, 2:00 PM
26 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Ill truebaddoer; Ill true bad doer; Trovatore [burlesque]
Text Author: Eugene
aka Two gendarmes, The; Ebony blondes; Britain’s blondes by Africa’s Blacks; Gens d'armes
Participants:  Dan Bryant


Advertisement: New York Herald, 20 December 1868.
Announcement: New York Herald, 21 December 1868, 6.

Bryants’ humorous troupe continues their representations of “Genevieve de Bryant” and “Ill-true-bad-doer.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 December 1868, 7.
Review: New York Herald, 23 December 1868, 10.

“Good management, talent, enterprise and a liberal expenditure of money will, when combined, draw large audiences to any place of amusement. Bryant understands this, and consequently the public shows its appreciation by crowding his house nightly and heartily applauding himself and his artists. ‘Il Trovatore,’ in which Bryant gives a most humorous representation, is simply side-splitting, while his impersonation of Gabel, one of the gendarmes, is a masterpiece of comicality. These were among the attractions last night. The hall was crowded to overflowing and the applause of the audience was frequent and enthusiastic.”

Review: New York Herald, 24 December 1868, 3.

“The ‘Gendarmes’ at Bryants’ has surpassed the brightest anticipations of Offenbach; nor did Verdi ever realize anything like such an exquisite impersonation of his Leonora as is given nightly at this establishment.  The matinees will be immense.”

Announcement: New-York Times, 24 December 1868, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 25 December 1868, 8.

“At Bryants’ Minstrels the many patrons of Bryant & Co. were doubled by their cousins and country friends last evening, and from the commencement to the termination of the programme the neat little concert hall was retained in a state of something tantamount to convulsions. No medical men were called in.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 26 December 1868, 303.
Review: New York Herald, 27 December 1868, 3.

“The works of eminent composers, though not produced with all desirable correctness in point of detail, were nevertheless performed in such a style as to produce more unrestrained merriment than either Verdi or Offenbach ever conceived. ‘Il Trovatore,’ as rendered by Bryants’ Minstrels, is peculiarly rich in point of translation.”

Review: New-York Times, 28 December 1868, 4.

“The boy tenor is a favorite with the public.”

Announcement: New York Clipper, 02 January 1869, 310, 3d col., middle.

Presentation of Hogan and Hughes with a gold-headed cane each from a private box during a recent performance.