Campbell’s Minstrels

Event Information

New Bowery Theatre

Manager / Director:
M. C. Campbell [minstrel]

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
19 November 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

25 Jul 1863, Evening

Program Details

Ned Davis, stage manager.

Performers and/or Works Performed


Announcement: New York Herald, 20 July 1863, 4.
“Campbell’s Minstrels . . . give an excellent programme in fine style every night.”
Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 July 1863, 7.

Review: New York Clipper, 01 August 1863, 123.
 “M.C. Campbell’s Minstrels closed a successful series of entertainments at the New Bowery Theatre, on the 25th July.  The company might have remained there with profit some time longer, but engagements previously entered into necessitated their departure. . . . George Gray, who is attached to the company as balladist, has been off for a few nights in consequence of indisposition.  From here they leave for New Jersey, this week, and open at Pittsburgh Theatre on the 3d of August.”

Review: New York Clipper, 01 August 1863, 123.
“Talking about hits, one of the best of the season was that which attended the first appearance in this city of Mr. J.E. Green, the minstrel, on the 24th of July, on the occasion of the benefit given to Mr. M.C. Campbell, at the New Bowery Theatre.  Mr. Green is one of the managers of Duprez & Green’s celebrated band, known as the ‘New Orleans and Metropolitan Opera Troupe.’  The company resting here for a short time to recuperate for the fall season, Mr. Green volunteered for Mr. Campbell’s benefit.  He sang the ‘Mocking Bird Song,’ introducing imitations of the mocking bird, and his reception was immense.  Mr. Green possesses a sweet voice, sings with much taste, and accompanies himself on the guitar in a very artistic manner.  In his imitations of the various notes, songs, and warblings of the mocking bird, however, he excels anything of the kind we ever listened to.  The entire performance is remarkably interesting, and those who have not heard Mr. Green have certainly missed a rich treat.  He was rapturously applauded, and was compelled to repeat the song.  He again appeared on the 25th, and achieved another great success.  We believe he will travel with Mr. Campbell’s company until his own troupe is ready to start out again.”