J.H. Melvyn (fl 1860s) was an American singer and actor.
Also known as Mr Melvyn
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
A member of the "original" Christy Minstrels that visited South Africa in 1862, he was apparently the leading actor in their performances of the burlesque La Somnambula and probably the leader of the troupe.
The company's successful appearances had a huge impact on popular entertainment in Cape Town and the country during the 19th century.
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May, 1863
The Australian Circus History Society Website
W.J. Mahar. 1999. Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum American Popular Culture. Volume 442 of Music in American life. University of Illinois Press, 1999
Go to the ESAT Bibliography
Return to ESAT Personalities M
Return to South African Theatre Personalities
Return to The ESAT Entries
Return to Main Page