An “All-Irish” Season to Honor Victor Herbert’s Irish Heritage


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Eileen Opened Tuesday April 25, 2017**
8pm, 120 West 69th Street, NYC GET TICKETS HERE

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the legendary Eileen, the 1917 Romantic Operetta by Victor Herbert!

During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, a young noblewoman Eileen Mulvaney falls in love with — and aids in the escape of the Irish revolutionary Barry O’Day, as the British tighten their control of Ireland.

Herbert’s unabashed love for Ireland was put onstage just as America was entering the “Great War” in 1917. The music of Eileen is full of priceless gems such as “True Sons of Erin,” “The Irish Have A Great Day Tonight,” and the famous “Thine Alone.” If you’ve an Irish bone in your body, you’ll be “wearing the green” with us in this adventurous and romantic operetta!

Tickets are $10 (students), $15 (seniors) and $30 (for adults) on-line right now in our Box Office. If you wait to pay at the door, it’s $10 (students), $20 (Seniors) and $35 (Adults) All working entertainment members get $20 admission with presentation of a union card.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8pm
Christ & St. Stephens Episcopal Church
120 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023


Son of Dublin Opened Wednesday March 8, 2017
8pm, 120 West 69th Street, NYC GET TICKETS HERE

“Son of Dublin” Concert Celebrates An Irish-American Music Master’s Legacy!

Our “All Irish” season continues with a concert of music by Victor Herbert and an extra special dash of Dublin— music by the extraordinary Samuel Lover, Herbert’s maternal grandfather, the Irish music hall composer, poet, and philosopher.

Lover was a huge influence on Herbert — his 1835 novel Rory O’Moore provided the basis for the plot of Herbert’s 1917 romantic operetta Eileen, our upcoming season finale of VHRP LIVE!

A cast of phenomenal singers will perform a program of some 22 songs we know you’ll love, such as the sound of “Molly,” “Mary Came Over To Me,” and “Old Ireland Shall Be Free,” among a treasury of other works in this musical tribute to Herbert’s Irish heritage. An historically notable inclusion in the concert is “The Bards of Ireland,” a song cycle of old Irish airs arranged by Herbert in 1909 for the Annual St Patrick’s Day Dinner of The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, attended by U.S. President William H. Taft.

The voices of “Son of Dublin” include Vira Slywotzky, Joanie Bittingham, Katherine Corle, Ross Brown, Richard Holmes, Anthony Maida, Jovani McCleary, Jason Robinette, and David Seatter. Musical direction and piano are by Michael Thomas; with libretto by Alyce Mott, and stage direction by Emily Cornelius.

“Son of Dublin” running time is approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets are $10 (students), $15 (seniors) and $30 (for adults) on-line right now in our Box Office. If you wait to pay at the door, it’s $10 (students), $20 (Seniors) and $35 (Adults). All working entertainment members are $20 with presentation of a union card

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 8pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8pm
Christ & St. Stephens Episcopal Church
120 W. 69th Street, Near Broadway
New York, NY 10023


The Princess Pat Opened Wednesday November 16
8pm Wednesday November 16th – Thursday November 17 2016, 120 West 69th Street, NYC

the-princess-pat-victor-herberts-comic-operetta-launches-all-irsh-season-in-nycPrincess Pat turns heads and wins hearts with “Two Laughing Irish Eyes” in one of Herbert’s first musical comedies featuring the new “dance” craze on Broadway!

In this musical comedy, two friends on Long Island conspire to rekindle the romance missing in their lives.

Patricia O’Connor’s marriage to Italian Prince Antonio di Monaldo takes a twist, while her best friend Grace Holbrook unexpectedly falls for Tony Schmalz, who is the handsome son of her aging millionaire fiancé.

The cast of “The Princess Pat” featured both emerging talents and seasoned performers including Angela Christine Smith, Sarah Caldwell Smith, Brian Kilday, Drew Bolander, David Seatter, and Jason Robinette, Richard Holmes, and Anthony Maida,in principal roles — with Joanie Brittingham, Nathan Baer, Tanya Roberts, Merrin Lazyan, Pedro Coppeti, and Matthew Billman in supporting roles.

Set on a Long Island estate in 1915, “The Princess Pat” is a fast-paced romantic romp with great Herbert dance music and witty songs such as “I Wish I Was an Island in an Ocean of Girls,” “The Shoes of Husband Number One (as Worn by ‘Number Two’),” a groundbreaking duet “For Better or For Worse,” as well as “Two Laughing Irish Eyes,” and Herbert’s classic “Neapolitan Love Song.”

Tickets are $10 (students), $15 (seniors) and $30 (for adults) on-line right now in our Box Office. If you wait to pay at the door, it’s $10 (students), $20 (Seniors) and $35 (Adults). All working entertainment members are $20 with presentation of a union card.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 8pm
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 8pm
Christ & St. Stephens Episcopal Church
120 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023


THE REVIEWS ARE IN!


CRITICAL PRAISE FOR SON OF DUBLIN


“St. Patrick’s Day came a little early this year, courtesy of the always rewarding Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live! Anyone who’s ever heard Victor Herbert’s 1917 operetta Eileen knows that when this most Irish of composers set his mind to honoring his ethnic heritage, he was at his unabashedly sincere and passionately romantic. So [Son of Dublin] an evening culled from his vast catalog of Irish material (including, yes, several from Eileen), was bound to be special, and indeed the concert was gorgeously melodic, sentimental, and heartfelt.”

HARRY FORBES, Forbes on Film and Footlights
Read the complete review on www.HarryForbes.com

“No, no, no, we are not angry.
Au contraire, we are absolutely tickled with VHRP LIVE!’s concert, Son of Dublin, given in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, presented a selection of [Victor Herbert] songs celebrating his Irish heritage… The ensemble work was in every instance delightful, particularly in the drinking song “The Cruiskeen Lawn” which was performed a cappella. The admirably crisp enunciation in solo pieces carried over and we understood every rowdy word.”

MECHE KROOP, Voce di Meche
Read the complete review on www.VocheDeMeche.com


CRITICAL PRAISE FOR THE PRINCESS PAT


“Victor Herbert’s 1915 charmer
The Princess Pat was lovingly resurrected by Alyce Mott’s intrepid group… The cast was exceptionally fine across the board… The score was a joy to hear… with many highlights… big numbers with assurance and style… hit all the comic points with panache… All in all, a quite modern show demonstrating another facet of the ever-surprising Herbert.”

HARRY FORBES, Forbes on Film and Footlights
Read the complete review on www.HarryForbes.com

The Princess Pat was a huge hit!
We enjoyed the dancing… we adored the singing… The duet between Grace and Pat “For Better or for Worse” deserves as much fame as “The Flower Song” from Leo Delibes’ Lakme. “I Wish I Was an Island in an Ocean of Girls” was a hilarious… And we loved the romantic “Neapolitan Love Song.” …This work was part of VHRP LIVE!’s Irish season. Watch out for more to come!”

MECHE KROOP, Voce di Meche
Read the complete review on www.VocheDeMeche.com


CRITICAL PRAISE FOR ANGELINE & HER TATTOOED MAN


“Solid craftsmanship and real comic flair.
The 11 singers were well chosen with the requisite Herbert style down to their fingertips. Everyone was off book, and the evening was expertly staged and delightfully choreographed.”

HARRY FORBES, Forbes on Film and Footlights
Read the complete review on www.HarryForbes.com

“Herbert’s music was played with a light, lively touch and the singers appeared to be having a grand time. And of course, the audience did as well. No one knows exactly what performances over a century ago looked like, yet everything about this production felt right, just the way we imagined it.”

MECHE KROOP, Voce di Meche
Read the complete review on www.VocheDeMeche.com

“You might say: wow, the Americans are catching on! The announcement of the concert Angeline And Her Tattooed Man is easily the sexiest we’ve seen for such an undertaking in the USA in a very long time, certainly where Victor Herbert is concerned.”

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(L-R) Sarah Caldwell Smith, Mitchell Roe, Robert Balonek, Matthew Wages, Vira Slywotzky, David Seatter, Katherine Corle, Erika Person, Bray Wilkins performing "Don Jose of Sevilla" from The Serenade (1897) Lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Photo by Jill LeVine

(L-R) Sarah Caldwell Smith, Mitchell Roe, Robert Balonek, Matthew Wages, Vira Slywotzky, David Seatter, Katherine Corle, Erika Person, Bray Wilkins performing “Don Jose of Sevilla” from The Serenade (1897) Lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Photo by Jill LeVine


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