Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

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Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall (720 Broadway)

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Last Updated:
14 November 2021

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

14 Mar 1870, Evening
15 Mar 1870, Evening
16 Mar 1870, Evening
17 Mar 1870, Evening
18 Mar 1870, Evening
19 Mar 1870, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Hervé
Text Author: Crémieux
Participants:  Francis Leon (role: Marguerite);  Edwin Kelly (role: Faust)
aka Lieschen and Fritschen
Composer(s): Offenbach
Text Author: Boisselot
Participants:  Francis Leon (role: Lischen)


Announcement: New-York Times, 13 March 1870, 5.
Review: New York Herald, 14 March 1870, 7.

Brief: “’Le Petit Faust’ has proved such a success at Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels that the management have no idea of withdrawing it for some time to come.”

Advertisement: New-York Times, 14 March 1870, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 20 March 1870, 5.

"Messrs. Kelly & Leon have added to the potent attractions of ‘Le Petit Faust’ the extraordinary drollery of ‘Lischen and Fritzchen,’ which was brought out by them for the first time on Monday last, and was admirably performed to an excellent house. This piece will doubtless run for some time to come.”

Review: New York Clipper, 26 March 1870, 406.

“‘The Ladder of Fame’ is a very laughable sketch now running at Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels, and in which Sam Purdy climbs the various rounds of the ladder with considerable energy and perseverance under difficulties. ‘Litzchen and Frischen’ has also been produced, in which Kelly and Leon show to advantage. ‘La Petit Faust’ is continued.”