Griffin and Christy’s Minstrels

Event Information

Fifth Avenue Opera House

Manager / Director:
George W. Howard Griffin

Event Type:

Record Information


Last Updated:
25 January 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

28 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM
29 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM
30 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM
31 Jan 1867, 8:00 PM
01 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM
02 Feb 1867, 2:30 PM
02 Feb 1867, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Includes appearances by “Mme. Red Pepper,” presumably a parody of Parepa-Rosa, “Abbottino,” “Carlos Fore-most,” a horn solo, and “George Chrispino,” presumably George Christy acting as an Italian version of himself (as impresario?).

The performers also include the “The-o-door Tom-a-toe’s” orchestra, the name of which likely derives from the Thomas Orchestra. It is unclear how this group performed, though, whether as an actual orchestra, or as a parody of Thomas's.

First appearance of the English artist Oscar Burbank.

New York Herald advertisement lists "Morrison" as a performer. Not clear if this is James Morrison, formerly of Bryants' Minstrels, who we have listed below.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Scenes at the Fifth Avenue Hotel
aka Naughty girls
aka We are the happiest couple out
aka Theodore Thomas Grand Orchestra


Advertisement: New-York Times, 26 January 1867.
Advertisement: New York Herald, 28 January 1867.
Review: New York Herald, 29 January 1867, 7.

“Under new management matters have assumed a prosperous turn at the Fifth Avenue Opera House. New stars, with their discs veiled beneath ‘cork obscuras,’ but with their brilliancy unimpaired by the dark coverings, have been added to the already large troupe of favorites that nightly delight the fashionable audiences that throng this establishment. The Happiest Couple Out still hold forth here, and the Naughty, Naughty Girls fails not to set the audience in a perfect roar. The Mountain Tragedy and the Medical Student are upon the bills for the present week, and Sig. Chrisaino still leads the grand The-o-door Tom-a-toes concert in his inimitable flourishing style.”

Announcement: New York Sun, 30 January 1867, 4.

“George Christy and Griffin, the vocalist, are making an excellent entertainment.”