Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
Dan Bryant
Neil Bryant

Price: $.25

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Record Information


Last Updated:
12 January 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

01 Sep 1862, 8:00 PM
02 Sep 1862, 8:00 PM
03 Sep 1862, 8:00 PM
04 Sep 1862, 8:00 PM
05 Sep 1862, 8:00 PM
06 Sep 1862, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Monster tin panonion; Monster concert tin-pan-on-ion; Grand tin-pan-on-ion; Grand tinpanonion; Grand Tin Pano-ni-on; Tin-pan-o-ni-on; Tin-Pan O-Ni-On concert
aka Yakeys; Yakee family
aka Jeems the poet
Text Author: Leavitt, Egan
aka Grand scene Norma
aka Black Brigade, De; Black brigade horse cavalry
Composer(s): Emmett
Text Author: Emmett


Advertisement: New York Herald, 31 August 1862, 7.
Two ads. List of performers in one.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 01 September 1862, 7.
Announcement: New York Post, 01 September 1862, 2.
“The minstrels are doing a good business. There seems to be little diminution of the audiences, whether the weather is hot or cold.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 06 September 1862.
Full list of members. Gives venue as Bryant’s Opera House. “Seventh year of the original world-renowned Bryant’s Minstrels.”
Review: New York Clipper, 06 September 1862, 17.

Three separate notes.  Bryant’s season opened the last week of August.  “Large audiences were in attendance [at Bryants’ and Winter Garden] on the opening night and the performers and performances met with a favorable reception.”


Next column: “There is quite a lively competition among the minstrels, there being no less than three troupes on Broadway in active operation at the present time, viz.: Wood’s, Bryants’, and Geo. Christy’s: The two former are doing a fine business, but Christy’s business is not good.”


Further down: “Since the Bryants have commenced their fall season again . . . the patronage of the public is a complete certifier, confirmer, and consolidator of all their previous triumphs. ‘Welcome!’ seems to be shouted in all the applause, and ‘Welcome home again!’ may be read on every regular Yorker’s countenance. The new end man, Nelson Seymour, begins to get the hang of things, by public favor, and now the company presents just about as harmonious a set of fun-loving performers as Dan and Neil could possibly have ‘scattered up’ this side of Jerusalem. . . . As for ‘The Black Brigade,’ all doubts upon that subject may be set at rest as soon as seeing the comical sketch of that name, performed as the Bryants can do it.  However, as both the end men seem to have all the big dictionaries at their fingers’ ends, the whole party is chock full of musical merriment or sentiment.  As our up-town friends now continue to ‘drop in’ – especially the ladies – the convenience and elegance of the new alterations win more and more approbation.”