Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
19 September 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

21 Feb 1870, Evening
22 Feb 1870, Evening
23 Feb 1870, Evening
24 Feb 1870, Evening
25 Feb 1870, Evening
26 Feb 1870, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Hervé
Text Author: Crémieux
Participants:  Francis Leon (role: Marguerite);  Edwin Kelly (role: Faust)
aka All among the roses
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Master Barton


Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 February 1870, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 05 March 1870, 382, col. 2, bottom.

“The ‘Faust’ burlesque, as produced by Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels, is one of the neatest little sketches we have recently witnessed on the black boards. It is beautifully costumed, and the principal parts are creditably sustained by Leon, Kelly S. Purdy and Cool Burgess. The entertainments presented by the manager of this troupe are deserving of a more liberal patronage than they have been meeting with. In the first part a ballad is nightly sung by a gentleman whose name appears on the bills as Clinton. He possesses a really sweet voice and sings cleverly. We have seen nothing written of him in other papers, and we therefore take the greater pleasure in giving him a word of commendation; in some of his notes his voice is not unlike that of Mr. Castle when the latter sang with a minstrel troupe.”

[Column 3, bottom:] “Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels are playing to appreciative but not large audiences. Several new voices were added to the company the past week and the vocal department is thereby strengthened. In the olio Master Barton did the song and dance of ‘Love Among the Roses.’ For one so young he does well, but requires practice in the art of dancing. James Clark’s banjo solo took well and his imitation of the chimes of Trinity church bells were [sic] clever. The burlesque of ‘La Petite Faust’ has been well placed upon the stage and is cleverly rendered. Six boys with soprano voices have been secured for the chorus, who appear to advantage. The broadsword fight between Purdy and Kelly was very good indeed, better than we have seen done a great many times in the Old Bowery, the home of that style of business.”