Sam Sharpley’s Minstrels

Event Information

Tony Pastor's Opera House

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Record Information


Last Updated:
21 February 2013

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

18 Jun 1866, Evening
19 Jun 1866, Evening
20 Jun 1866, Matinee
20 Jun 1866, Evening
21 Jun 1866, Evening
22 Jun 1866, Evening
23 Jun 1866, Matinee
23 Jun 1866, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka New songs; Foreign airs by native artists
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Johnny Thompson;  Frank Kearns


Review: New York Herald, 19 June 1866, 5.

“Tony Pastor’s Opera House, No. 201 Bowery, was filled last evening by an admiring audience to witness the inauguration of the summer season by the original ‘Iron-clad’ minstrels. The programme was a brilliant one, and embraced negro minstrelsy, ballads, comic songs, clog dancing, &c., concluding with the laughable farce of Dodging for a Wife. The jokes and conundrums were many of them new, and during the early part of the performance kept the audience in a roar. Miss Carrie Byron sang the ballad ‘Beautiful Isle of the Sea’ very sweetly.”

Announcement: New York Herald, 20 June 1866, 5.

“At Tony Pastor’s Opera House, in the Bowery, fine matinee performances will open as usual on Wednesday.  Sam Sharpley’s Minstrels and Combination Company, including all the new stars, will be on the boards in the new piece, new songs and elegant dances.”