Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
Dan Bryant
Neil Bryant

Price: $.50 parquet; $.30 gallery

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 June 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

04 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
05 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
06 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
07 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
08 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
09 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Stump orator; Any other man
aka Mac's essence; Little Mac's essence of Old Virginia
aka Deaf as a horn
Text Author: Unidentified
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
Text Author: White
Participants:  Little [minstrel] Mac
Composer(s): Thomas
Participants:  Charles Templeton


Advertisement: New-York Times, 03 December 1865, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 04 December 1865, 4.
Announcement: New York Herald, 07 December 1865, 5.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 09 December 1865, 278.

     “The Bryants jog along in the even tenor of their way, attracting large and appreciative audiences.  A diversified programme is offered each evening, and all seem satisfied—the patrons with the show, and the managers with the amount of patronage bestowed.”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 09 December 1865, 279.
Review: New York Herald, 10 December 1865.

     “Amusements. The stormy weather of last evening, whatever effect it might have had upon other places of amusement, did not decrease the attendance at Mechanic’s Hall to witness the performance of Bryant’s minstrel troupe.  The audience was large and the programme was well received as during the prevalence of more favorable meteorlogical surroundings. The name of Bryant is in itself a tower of strength.  It had more than the average significance last night, when coupled on the bill with the stump speech of the Fenian orator.  This timely effort was given in Dan Bryant’s unique and original style, and electrified listeners.  The ‘Beautiful Isle of the Sea,’ sweetly sung by Templeton, was another gem. ‘Wake up, William Henry,’ in which Little Mac participated, was indeed a preventive against dullness and the blues. The match dance, although as old as the eternal hills, influenced the ladies as well as those gentlemen who understood the science of ‘tripping on the light bombastic toe.’ Broadway would not be Broadway were the Bryants’ establishment to be removed; and still the proprietors will soon be compelled to enlarge their premises or transport their theatre to another part of the city. Wherever they go the public will be certain to follow. Almost any kind of a minstrel exhibition can do passably well in New York, if supported by the united people and the press, during the prevalence of pleasant weather; but all the mediocre talent and the half-way enterprising managers will find it hard enough to drag through the season of rains, snows, slush and superfluity of mud. It is in the latter even that the old established places secure and greatly enjoy the advantage. Bryants’ is one of these, and, while its proprietors grow rich, those who despise their example wax lean and hungry, and finally flare, flicker and go out in utter darkness.”

Review: New York Clipper, 16 December 1865, 286.

     “BRYANTS’ MINSTRELS are progressing in their usual dashing style, making fun for the million and greenbacks for themselves. Considering the strong competition in minstrelsy, it may not be considered out of place if we suggest to the Messrs. Bryant that the addition of some first class vocalists to their troupe might prove advantageous to them; this is not suggested with any intention to disparage the merits of the gentlemen already engaged in that department.”