Kelly and Leon’s Minstrels

Event Information

Venue(s):
Kelly and Leon's Minstrels Hall

Event Type:
Minstrel

Record Information

Status:
Published

Last Updated:
17 October 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

17 Dec 1866, Evening
18 Dec 1866, Evening
19 Dec 1866, Evening
20 Dec 1866, Evening
21 Dec 1866, Evening
22 Dec 1866, Evening

Performers and/or Works Performed

2)
aka Chip of the old block
6)
Composer(s): Gung'l
8)
aka Naughty girls
9)
Composer(s): Hatton
11)
Text Author: Leon

Citations

1)
Advertisement: New York Herald, 16 December 1866.
2)
Advertisement: New-York Times, 17 December 1866, 7.
3)
Review: New York Herald, 20 December 1866, 4.

“The performance at the hall of this troupe last evening were as lively and as well received by a large audience as they usually are. Mr. Leon was suffering from recent indisposition, but acquitted himself very creditably. Sam Price, a fine and truthful delineator of the mischievous and irascible negro, with Nelse Seymour, Johnny Allen and the ever welcome George Christy, were peculiarly happy in their various comicalities.”

4)
Announcement: New York Clipper, 22 December 1866, 294.
5)
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 22 December 1866, 295.
6)
Announcement: New-York Times, 22 December 1866, 4.
7)
Review: New York Clipper, 29 December 1866, 302.

“TAKEN ALTOGETHER, that was rather a dark performance given by Kelly & Leon’s Minstrels on the evening of the 21st. In consequence of the gas freezing, the front of the house was in darkness until nearly eight o’clock, when candles were obtained, but afforded very little light. The gas in the auditorium was burning, but not enough to light the house, so a number of kerosene oil lamps had to be brought into requisition. But the performances on the stage were still darker, for everything was done in black.”