Wood’s Minstrel Hall

Event Information

Wood's Minstrel Hall

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

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Record Information


Last Updated:
6 May 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

29 May 1865, 8:00 PM
30 May 1865, 8:00 PM
31 May 1865, 8:00 PM
01 Jun 1865, 8:00 PM
02 Jun 1865, 8:00 PM
03 Jun 1865, 8:00 PM

Program Details

“Previous to the Burlesque, a Grand Minstrel Performance by WOOD’S MINSTRELS.” See AD: NYC 06/03/65, p. 63.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Wood's Minstrels;  James W. [minstrel] Glenn (role: Beavertail Coonskin);  Frank B. Converse (role: Demon);  H. Schwicardi (role: Max Wax);  C. J . [minstrel] Lockwood (role: Demon);  Sam S. [Ethiopian comedian] Purdy (role: Mrs. Bridget Gutta Percha);  Hank [minstrel] Mudge (role: Bourbonina);  W. D. [minstrel] Corrister (role: Julipinia);  Frank Brower (role: Greenbakina);  R. J. Hervey [Wood's Minstrels] (role: Petrolina);  Cool [Wood's] White (role: John Smith);  Charles Henry [minstrel tenor] (role: Backstitch Finedraw)


Advertisement: New York Herald, 29 May 1865.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 03 June 1865, 63.
Review: New York Clipper, 10 June 1865, 70.

     “While we have a sleeping beauty in the wood at the Olympic, we have a wide-awake and refreshing beauty in the Wood burlesque of ‘Greenbakina,’ now running at Wood’s Minstrels.  Such a grand scene as winds up the burlesque has never been witnessed at any other minstrel hall, and the scenic effects of but very few theatres have ever excelled it.  Aside from the black fairy burlesque, a very entertaining series of minstrel performances are given, including the most popular ballads, sentimental and comic, special acts, oddities, etc.  As a hall for summer entertainments there is probably no cooler house in the city.”