Christy’s Minstrels

Event Information

Fifth Avenue Opera House

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Record Information


Last Updated:
9 July 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

19 Mar 1866, Evening
20 Mar 1866, Evening
21 Mar 1866, Evening
22 Mar 1866, Evening
23 Mar 1866, Evening
24 Mar 1866, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Wilhartitz
Participants:  William S. Budworth
aka I'll meet thee at the lane
Composer(s): Blamphin
Participants:  George N. Christy
Composer(s): Harvey
Text Author: Richardson
Participants:  Frank [minstrel] Leslie
aka Stage-struck heroes
aka Madrileña
Composer(s): Blockley
Text Author: Bartholomew
Participants:  Frank [minstrel] Leslie


Announcement: New York Herald, 19 March 1866, 5.

“This evening, after the opening chorus, will be sung Solon Shingle, ‘Just So,’ by W. S. Budworth; ‘Meet Me in the Lane,’ by N. W. Gould; ‘Young Gal from New Jersey,’ by Geo. Christy, and ‘No One to Love,’ by Frank Leslie.  Fred Abbott and the Guy Brothers are still at the Opera House.  The Surprise Party brings out Donaldson and Geo. Christy.  After the performance of Phour Old Maids and the Stage Struck Heroes, the entertainments will conclude with a grand festival dance by the whole company, ‘Whose Foot Dat a Burning?’”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 19 March 1866, 7.

Some performers and works.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 24 March 1866, 398.
Review: New York Clipper, 31 March 1866, 406.

“The company, as at present organized, is a much better one than when they first opened, although the singing is not as good as it ought to be for a first class party. Frank Leslie is the balladist and interlocutor, and if he would only try to be a little more natural, and drop that affected style of his, he would not only be a better songster, but would give much better satisfaction. Mr. Gould is undoubtedly one of the best guitar soloists in the country; but he does not so rank as a singer. W. S. Budworth and George Christy keep the ends and contribute a fair share to the evening’s entertainment. George, we are told, is very attentive to business now, for which he is to be commended. The olio business was good. The house was not very full on the 22d, the night we were present, probably owing to the season of Lent.”