Wood’s Minstrels

Event Information

Wood's Minstrel Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
Henry [Wood's Minstrels] Wood

Price: $.25

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 July 2018

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

10 Aug 1863, 8:00 PM
11 Aug 1863, 8:00 PM
12 Aug 1863, 8:00 PM
13 Aug 1863, 8:00 PM
14 Aug 1863, 8:00 PM
15 Aug 1863, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Wood's Minstrels

Vocal quintette: Wambold, Henry, Lockwood, Glenn, Schwicardi. Instrumental quartette: P.B. Isaacs, B. Isaacs, Haslam, Leis.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Ghost of happy Uncle Tom, The
Participants:  Frank Brower
aka Dar’s de money
Participants:  Eph Horn (role: Desdemona);  Frank Brower (role: Othello)
aka Old maids' lament, The ; Old maid's lament; Old maids lament; Poor old spinsters; Old maids
Composer(s): M.
aka African cousins


Advertisement: New York Herald, 09 August 1863, 7.
Program, performers, etc.  “The manager takes great pleasure in announcing that he has effected an engagement with EPH HORN . . . CHARLEY FOX, The Eccentric . . . M. Lewis, the Ethiopian Cubas.”
Announcement: New York Herald, 10 August 1863, 4.

“Wood’s Minstrels will also bring out a ghost to-night; but whether it will be genuine or burlesque we are not informed.”

Announcement: New York Post, 10 August 1863.
“Negro Melodies.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 15 August 1863, 7.

Review: New York Herald, 17 August 1863, 5.
“Despite the high state of the temperature the past week . . . the minstrel halls were crowded every evening.”
Review: New York Clipper, 22 August 1863, 147.

"The ‘ghost’ made his first appearance at Wood’s Minstrels, on Monday evening, Aug. 10th. The ‘illusion’ was gotten up with great care, but the ghostly debutante did not come up to expectations, owing to some difficulty in the working of the apparatus; the defects were remedied in a couple of days, however, and now the illusion is complete, and everything goes off as smoothly as a girl of sweet sixteen on her bridal tour. There is no burlesque about the specters, for they appear ‘like shadows in the air,’ and Charley Fox is made a ghost in spite of himself. The spectral scene is heightened by the singing of several popular Negro airs.”