Wood’s Minstrels

Event Information

Wood's Minstrel Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
Henry [Wood's Minstrels] Wood

Thomas McNally [composer, conductor, minstrel]

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
2 January 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

10 Jul 1865, Evening
11 Jul 1865, Evening
12 Jul 1865, Evening
13 Jul 1865, Evening
14 Jul 1865, Evening
15 Jul 1865, Matinee
15 Jul 1865, Evening

Program Details

Thomas McNally began serving as musical director, replacing Frederick Mollenhauer.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Old maids' lament, The ; Old maid's lament; Old maids lament; Poor old spinsters; Old maids
Composer(s): M.
aka Nerves original; Nervés
Composer(s): Gordon
Text Author: Brian
Composer(s): Emmett
aka Gisippus, the Roman father
aka Blockade runner
Composer(s): Webster
Text Author: Aldrich
Composer(s): Huntting
Text Author: Huntting


Advertisement: New York Herald, 10 July 1865, 7.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 15 July 1865, 111.
Review: New York Clipper, 22 July 1865, 118.

     “Wood’s Minstrels commenced last week with a crowded house, the closing of other places of amusement in the vicinity of the hall tending in great measure to fill the house.  The programme was well selected.  Henry’s singing of ‘Little Maud’ and ‘The Boys Are Marching Home’ was loudly applauded.  The last-named song is as popular with the masses as ‘Tramp, Tramp,’ which is in the mouth of every one.  This hall is so well ventilated that a current of air is constantly passing through, there being a large number of windows on each side of the house.  Even on the hottest night, with the house crowded in every part, it is as pleasant to sit there as in the open air.  Every night during the week, with the exception of the night that the Museum was on fire, the house was so crowded that extra seats were placed in the aisles.  This week there is an entire change in the programme, and every act will be a new one.  Mr. Thomas McNaly [sic] commences there this evening as musical director, in the place of Mr. Mollenhauer.”