Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
2 October 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

28 Feb 1870, Evening
01 Mar 1870, Evening
02 Mar 1870, Evening
03 Mar 1870, Evening
04 Mar 1870, Evening
05 Mar 1870, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Hervé
Text Author: Crémieux
Participants:  Francis Leon (role: Marguerite);  Edwin Kelly (role: Faust)


Advertisement: New-York Times, 27 February 1870, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 12 March 1870, 391? [page no. msg.].

“There is no more enjoyable entertainment offered anywhere in this city than that given by Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels at their beautiful little theatre, 720 Broadway. Not only is the opening entertaining, but the olio embraces a number of very amusing acts and introduces the ‘Only Leon’ in various sketches, his performances evincing the possession of considerable humor, as well as denoting the careful study of an artist. The ‘Faust’ burlesque continues to meet with favor, the sword combat between Kelly and Purdy nightly calling forth enthusiastic applause, while the comical by-play of Cool Burgess, Surridge and others, in the school scene, convulses the audiences with laughter. A couple of hours can be very pleasantly passed with this troupe.”