Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Venue(s):
Mechanic's Hall

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

Event Type:
Minstrel

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
13 April 2020

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

18 Dec 1865, Evening
19 Dec 1865, Evening
20 Dec 1865, Evening
21 Dec 1865, Evening
22 Dec 1865, Evening
23 Dec 1865, Evening

Program Details



Performers and/or Works Performed

2)
aka Stump orator; Any other man
3)
aka Ici on parle francais
Text Author: Williams
4)
aka Mac's essence; Little Mac's essence of Old Virginia
5)
aka Jocko, a mischievous monkey; Monkeyana; Monkey act; Little Mac as the monkey
7)
aka Lord Dundreary's giraffe
8)
aka Black-eyed William; Black eyed William
Text Author: White
Participants:  Dan Bryant (role: William Henry, a weather-beaten tar)

Citations

1)
Announcement: New York Herald, 18 December 1865, 5.
2)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 18 December 1865, 7.
3)
Advertisement: New-York Daily Tribune, 18 December 1865, 3.
4)
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 23 December 1865, 295.
5)
Review: New York Clipper, 30 December 1865, 302.

     “The Bryants’ brought out last week, a burlesque of ‘Black Eyed Susan,’ by Charley White, entitled ‘Black Eyed William.’  It is one of Mr. White’s most laughable productions, and is not only well put on the stage but capitally performed.  The last scene, which represents the deck of a ship, is well done. Dan Bryant as William, is exceedingly funny, and keeps the audience laughing all the time he is on the stage.  Nelse Seymour’s acting and make up as Susan is huge, particularly the waterfall; the meeting between William and Susan when they bid each other farewell was a big thing in cork.  This company will shortly be strengthened by the appearance of Charles Henry, of Wood’s Minstrels, and one of the two sweetest ballad singers in the business.”