Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
Dan Bryant
Neil Bryant

Manager / Director:
Dan Bryant

Price: $.50 parquette; $.30 gallery; $5 private boxes

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
9 June 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

11 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
12 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
13 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
14 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
15 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM
16 Dec 1865, 7:45 PM

Program Details

John Simpson, treasurer; Sandy Ross, officer; F. Boniface, properties; Pop Doolittle, doorkeeper.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Stump orator; Any other man
Participants:  Dan Bryant
aka Mac's essence; Little Mac's essence of Old Virginia
aka Reckon I'm in luck
aka Jeems the poet
Text Author: Leavitt, Egan
Participants:  Dan Bryant (role: Funny Jim);  Nelse Seymour (role: Slim Jim)
aka Scenes at Phalons
aka Old K-Y-Ky; Old KY-KY; Down in the old KY-KY ; Old K.Y. K.Y.
Composer(s): Emmett
Text Author: Emmett
Participants:  Bryants' Minstrels


Advertisement: New York Herald, 11 December 1865, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 11 December 1865, 5.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 11 December 1865, 7.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 16 December 1865, 288.

     Names of everyone in the company listed.  “Comprising an efficient, versatile corps of Talented and Experienced Artsits, under the direction of the popular comedian, Dan Bryant.”

Review: New York Clipper, 23 December 1865, 294.

     “We visited Bryants’ Minstrels on the 12th inst.; the weather was unpleasant, and the attendance was not very large.  There was not that appreciative spirit among the audience which we were accustomed to see in former times, and we came to the conclusion that the favorite acts which had made the troupe so popular had been kept on the bills too long, and that the patrons of the establishment desired a change.  Dan Bryant is as good as ever, and Dave Reed seconds his efforts in a very commendable manner, but the band is not up to the Bryants former standard of excellence, we are sorry so say.  Let there be a reorganization with some first-class vocalists added and a fresh budget of novelties introduced, and then the Bryants will repeat their success as of the past.—Since the above was written we observe that a new programme is now offered, embracing several new acts, among them ‘Blackeyed Williams,’ etc.”