Wood’s Minstrels

Event Information

Wood's Minstrel Hall

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

Price: $.25

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Record Information


Last Updated:
17 April 2011

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

27 Jun 1864, 8:00 PM
28 Jun 1864, 8:00 PM
29 Jun 1864, 8:00 PM
30 Jun 1864, 8:00 PM
01 Jul 1864, 8:00 PM
02 Jul 1864, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Blockade runner
aka Gisippus, the Roman father
aka Napoleon and Maximilian
aka Old maids' lament, The ; Old maid's lament; Old maids lament; Poor old spinsters; Old maids
Composer(s): M.


Advertisement: New York Herald, 27 June 1864.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 02 July 1864, 94.
The Nigger Question—owing to its unanswerable character—has progressed so rapidly in popularity as to bring about our ears one of the greatest wars ever known, and precipitated one section of our country upon another with such ferocity as to make it look as though only the annihilation of one or the other would end it.  In a peaceful manner, another Nigger revolution has been brought about, a revolution in favor of Negro Minstrelsy and all its attendant eccentricities.  Some years ago it was not deemed quite the thing to attend a minstrel show, but now how changed are the sentiments and feelings of the people, for our minstrel entertainments are among the most popular in the list of amusements.  Go to Wood’s Minstrels any night, and look at the fashionable audiences in attendance there; notice the favor with which they receive the jokes of the end men, and the sympathetic feeling created by the beautiful singing of the quartette.  These are the revolutions we like—revolutions in favor of popular amusements, peaceful revolutions, edifying revolutions, benefiting everybody and injuring no one.  Let us continue to favor this sort of demonstration, and invest our surplus funds in bonds that will admit you to Wood’s Minstrels at any and all times, and thereby make you at peace with all the world, including Maximilian the 1st and the last.”
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 02 July 1864, 96.
“No connection with any traveling company assuming the name of Wood’s Minstrels.”