Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Bryants’ Minstrel Hall

Price: $.75 orchestra chairs; $.50 parquet; $.25 gallery

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Record Information


Last Updated:
14 December 2019

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

28 Jun 1869, Evening
29 Jun 1869, Evening
30 Jun 1869, Evening
01 Jul 1869, Evening
02 Jul 1869, Evening
03 Jul 1869, Evening

Program Details

Little Mac “will appear every evening during the week in the marvelously comic Ethiopian, Terpsichorean and Pantomimic Specialities.”

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Mac's essence; Little Mac's essence of Old Virginia
Participants:  Little [minstrel] Mac
aka Ici on parle francais
Text Author: Williams
Participants:  Little [minstrel] Mac (role: The Monk)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 June 1869, 11.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 27 June 1869, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 28 June 1869, 8.

“Bryants’ once more have the field of minstrelsy in this city entirely to themselves. It is almost needless to add that they are as droll, funny and enjoyable as ever. They, too, are out with a ‘bran [sic] new’ bill this week, with ‘Little Mac’ as the bright, particular Ethiopian star.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 June 1869, 7.

Provides largest cast list of all citations.

Review: New York Clipper, 03 July 1869, 102.

No mention of music; notes good houses.

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 03 July 1869, 103.
Review: New York Clipper, 10 July 1869, 110.

Only citation to provide partial program. “Little Mac appeared with Bryants’ Minstrels on June 28th, in his dance of the ‘Essence,’ also as Highlowjack, in the Ethiopian sketch of ‘True Love Never Did Run Smooth,’ and as the ‘Monk’ in ‘Ici On Parle Francais.’ His reception was quite enthusiastic, and he was the receipient of several encores. Dave Reed and Dan Bryant occupied the ends in the first part.”