Bryants’ Minstrels

Event Information

Mechanic's Hall

Price: $.50 parquet; .30 family circle; $5 private boxes

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Record Information


Last Updated:
4 May 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

22 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
23 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
24 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
25 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
26 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM
27 Jan 1866, 7:45 PM

Program Details

Henry, Raynor, Fowler, and Grier make up the vocal quartet.

Performers and/or Works Performed

Participants:  Dan Bryant (role: Count McGinnis);  Rollin Howard (role: Madame Pepperer)
aka Streets of New-York
aka Jocko, a mischievous monkey; Monkeyana; Monkey act; Little Mac as the monkey
Participants:  Little [minstrel] Mac
aka Stump orator; Any other man


Advertisement: New-York Times, 21 January 1866, 7.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 27 January 1866, 334.

     “[L]overs of good singing should not miss hearing C. Henry, J.W. Raynor, G.S. Fowler and W.P. Grier, who comprise the quartet. It is more than nine years since Mr. Raynor first played with the Bryants.”

Review: New York Clipper, 03 February 1866, 342.

     “Dan Bryant is one of the best Ethiopian comedians that put on burnt cork, and no one works harder in the profession to please his patrons than Dan. . . . In the first part he sings a song, tells a number of gags and keeps things lively all through. In the olio, he appears in five acts, and plays the principal role in the afterpiece and the walk around. His company of black birds is better now than it has been since the death of Jerry. The vocal department, which for several seasons has been very tame, is now very good, and the instrumental business is also first rate.”