Christy’s Minstrels

Event Information

Fifth Avenue Opera House

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Record Information


Last Updated:
14 August 2014

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

04 Dec 1865, 8:00 PM
05 Dec 1865, 8:00 PM
06 Dec 1865, 8:00 PM
07 Dec 1865, 1:00 PM
07 Dec 1865, 8:00 PM
08 Dec 1865, 8:00 PM
09 Dec 1865, 1:00 PM
09 Dec 1865, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Mocking bird song
Participants:  J. E. [minstrel] Green


Advertisement: New-York Times, 01 December 1865, 7.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 04 December 1865, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 04 December 1865, 4.

     “It is known by this time almost all over the United States that George Christy has opened the new Fifth Avenue Opera House, and that the promptings of twenty-five years experience which suggested this action have conduced to a most brilliant and successful result.  The house, which is the only place of amusement above Fourteenth Street, is crowded nightly . . . [The four men] offer up a Committee of Four Maiden Ladies to collect money to buy flannel shirts for babies in Africa.”

Review: New York Herald, 07 December 1865, 5.

     “George Christy’s Minstrels, in their splendid hall in Twenty-fourth street, are drawing fine houses. The company is one of the best in New York, and has a prestige about it in having among its members George Christy and W. S. Budworth, both of whom were with Edward Christy, the originator of negro minstrelsy on this continent. The programme performed is brimful of mirth and melody, all the performers sustaining their parts with an ability worthy of the reputation they have already attained.”