Come hear for yourself what so shocked and titillated Broadway on opening night in 1922! So many independent women, trust-fund babies and gay divorcees abound that it may feel more like Cole Porter than the sweeping romantic style customary of the most popular American composer of his day, Mr. Victor Herber.
Not to worry, Orange Blossoms has that quintessential Victor Herbert love song “A Kiss in the Dark,” and the witty “Way Out West in Jersey” as well as the scandalous “Let’s Not Get Married!” This is the first chance to hear Orange Blossoms in NY since that first naughty run on Broadway.
Victor Herbert and Fred de Gresac’s wonderful 1922 score, Orange Blossoms, is the story of an hilarious culture clash between Americans and Parisians in the Roaring Twenties in the French capital and on the Riviera. Orange Blossoms, written late in Herbert’s career, reflected the public’s new interest in the jazz age and musical comedy. Director Michael Phillips liberally adapted the original three-act musical into a streamlined two-act version accentuating the most unique and innovative aspects of the script and lyrics. The Light Opera of New York was founded in 2006 as a professional company devoted to the performance of staged operettas and operetta concerts.
Directed by Mike Phillips
Music Direction by Broadway’s Evans Haile
Lighting Design: Coby Chasman-Beck
Costume Design: Bettina Bierly
Millinery: Ellen Christine Couture