Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

Price: $.50; .30

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Last Updated:
6 October 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

26 Feb 1866, 7:45 PM
27 Feb 1866, 7:45 PM
28 Feb 1866, 7:45 PM
01 Mar 1866, 7:45 PM
02 Mar 1866, 7:45 PM
03 Mar 1866, 7:45 PM

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Polly Ann
Composer(s): McNally [composer, conductor, minstrel]
aka McGoffin’s shin dig; McGoffin's shin-dig
Participants:  Four Spaniards, The
aka Stump orator; Any other man
aka Jocko, a mischievous monkey; Monkeyana; Monkey act; Little Mac as the monkey
Participants:  Little [minstrel] Mac
aka Grand scene Norma
Participants:  Rollin Howard
aka Who struck Billy Patterson?
Composer(s): Emmett
Text Author: Emmett
aka U. S. mail
aka Blacksmith jubilee


Announcement: New York Herald, 26 February 1866, 5.

     Some works.  The house is filled with “laughter-loving and refined audiences.”

Advertisement: New York Herald, 26 February 1866, 7.
Review: New York Clipper, 10 March 1866, 382.

     “The night we were present [which is not specified] Dan seemed to be funnier than ever, rattling off his songs and gags with great gusto. In the first part C. Henry Grier and Rollin Howard sang their ballads very pleasingly, winning considerable applause from a crowded audience. The quartet is well balanced and the voices are in perfect harmony. Dan Bryant told some very funny gags at the expense of some of the prominent men of the day, all of which brought forth loud applause. It seems Dan has only to show himself to cause smiles to alight upon the countenances of all his patrons. Nelse Seymour is a good middle man, knows exactly how to ‘take’ the end men, and he is a valuable acquisition to this company, particularly in the olio business. Dave Reed was excellent in the song and dance. He is so different from the general run of song and dance men, and what he does is done with so much ease and grace that it is a pleasure to witness his acts; besides this, he is, without doubt, one of the best bone soloists in the business. Dan Emmett is still one of the company, and to see him come on the stage, puts us in mind of old times, indeed, for Daniel Emmett is now one of the oldest performers in burnt cork on the stage, and what little he has to do is always well done.”