VHRP LIVE! Presents Naughty Marietta, An Icon of American Operetta by Irish Born Victor Herbert, Thursday April 23, 8pm in Christ & St Stephens Church, 120 W69 Street NYC

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TRUE TO VICTOR HERBERT’S 1910 BROADWAY ORIGINAL— Naughty Marietta showcases the Irish born American composer's most cherished “It Never, Ever Can Be Love,” “Neath The Southern Moon,” “Live For Today,” and “I’m Falling In Love With Someone,” among 19 musical numbers in two acts with a cast of 12 proven performers and live music accompaniment.

ABOUT NAUGHTY MARIETTA — A GREAT ICON OF AMERICAN OPERETTA
In New Orleans in the 1780s, a runaway Contessa impersonates a casket girl, then a puppeteer boy, until her “Italian Street Song” and a royal French reward for her return undoes Marietta’s playful masquerade. The local Lothario, a notorious Sea Pirate incognito, plotting a Coup d’ Etat, schemes to wed her. An earnest American Ranger saves the day, wins Marietta’s heart by completing her dreamy song “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life,” and knowingly allows the pirate to sail away for the good of all.

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION — TRUE TO VICTOR HERBERT’S 1910 BROADWAY ORIGINAL
Known for its minimalist approach to staging while preserving the best of Herbert’s original melodies and vocalization, VHRP LIVE! presents Naughty Marietta with a cast of 12 performers and approximately 19 musical numbers in two acts with live piano accompaniment. Among the standout songs showcased by this production are the longstanding American favorites “It Never, Ever Can Be Love,” “Neath The Southern Moon,” “Live For Today,” and “I’m Falling In Love With Someone.” The entire score is guaranteed to resonate with audiences who’ll find the lyrics and melodies memorable — easily hummable for days.

ABOUT VHRP LIVE! — EXCLUSIVELY DEVOTED TO VICTOR HERBERT
The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! is a professional performance company uniquely devoted exclusively to performing the works of Victor Herbert. VHRP LIVE! comprises an accomplished roster of New York City-based performers. The Naughty Marietta cast features Georga Osborne as Marie Le Valleau, Katherine Corle as Nanette, Justin Ryan as Etienne, Vira Slywotsky as Adah, Nathan Brian as Rudolfo, Mitchell Roe as Colonel Blake, Stephen Faulk as Simon, Natalie Ballenger as Felice, David Seatter as the Lt. Governor, Matthew Wages as Florenz, Sarah Caldwell Smith as Marietta, and Glenn Seven Allen as Captain Dick; piano is by Wilson Southerland, VHRP LIVE! Music Director is Michael Thomas, staging is by VHRP LIVE! Founder Alyce Mott. The mission of VHRP LIVE! is to restore Herbert’s popularity among a wider contemporary music theater and classical music audience in New York City.

ABOUT VICTOR HERBERT — IRISH BORN AMERICAN MUSIC GAME-CHANGER
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1859, Herbert profoundly influenced 20th Century music and the foundation of American musical theater. He is best known for composing successful operettas that premiered on Broadway from the 1890s through 1924. He was prolific as a composer, producing two operas, a cantata, 43 operettas, incidental music to 10 plays, 31 compositions for orchestra, nine band compositions, nine cello compositions, five violin compositions with piano or orchestra, 22 piano compositions, numerous songs, choral compositions and orchestrations of works by other composers; as well having at least 75 credits in his filmography. Herbert was industrially significant as the champion of the 1909 U.S. Copyright Act and by virtue of being a founder of the American Society of Composers, Artists, and Producers (ASCAP). As IMDb states, “To an extent every professional recording artist earns a livelihood due to Victor Herbert.”

ABOUT GETTING $20 or $35 TICKETS — ONLINE, AT THE DOOR, BY PHONE
Tickets are $20 for students and seniors, or $35 for general admission. Available online at http://www.artful.ly/vhrp-live. Or buy tickets at the door from 7:30—8pm on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 120 West 69 St, NY, NY 10023. To reserve tickets by phone call (646) 257-7774.

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COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION — THE PRESS IS WELCOME TO ATTEND
Journalists, bloggers, and reviewers are welcome to attend on a complimentary basis. Simply call or text to rsvp via 917-697-6260, or email press(at)smallvictorypress(dot)com to be added to the press list.

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