Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
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, 8:00 PM
26 Dec 1868, 8:00 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Lingard
Text Author: Lingard
Participants:  Francis Leon
Text Author: Leon
Participants:  Francis Leon


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

Kelly and Leon’s company will give “Barber Blu” this week.  A burlesque entitled, “Gin-nevieve-Graw” is announced for Monday next.

Announcement: New York Herald, 23 December 1868, 10.

The public never seem to tire of Barbe Bleue in opera or burlesque.  Leon’s parody of Offenbach’s opera Barbe Bleue was produced last night and was well received.

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

“’Blue Beard’ is revived in this hall in the usual ‘regardless of expense’ style.  Kelly is the uxorious Frenchman and Leon the pauvre Boulotte.  To this complexion must Offenbach come at last.  Rose Bell, in Ethiopian physiognomy, will be the next essay of the adventurous Leon.  Genevieve in cork will be curious if not interesting.”

Review: New York Herald, 25 December 1868, 8.

“At Kelly & Leon’s ‘Barber Blu,’ interpreted by these heroes, put a good humored audience into a state of risability not to be forgotten till next Christmas.”

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

“The last night of ‘Barber Blue’ and ‘Tame Cats’ was the occasion of a delighted throng at Kelly & Leon’s yesterday evening. The only check to the uninterupted risability of the audience was the termination of the performance.”