Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! is uniquely dedicated to "re-popularizing" the music of
American composer Victor Herbert, whose 45 operettas and musical
comedies (originally produced on Broadway between 1894 and 1924) became
the foundation of the American musical. VHRP LIVE! presents Herbert's
musical scores with librettos adapted for today's audiences while
celebrating the artistic expression of the era Herbert's music
profoundly inspired. VHRP LIVE! is a company of 20 exceptionally
talented singer/actors with piano accompaniment by Music Director Michael
Thomas and/or William Hicks in productions under the Artistic Direction of Alyce Mott,
A 501(c)3 non-profit entering its third season, VHRP LIVE! has previously offered audiences Herbert's 1899 Cyrano de Bergerac, his 1910 Naughty Marietta, his 1898 The Fortune Teller, and his 1897 The Serenade as well as a concert of all time favorite Herbert melodies entitled Art Is Calling For Me and a concert of comic Herbert melodies entitled Angeline and Her Tattooed Man Artistic Director Mott also produced the first concert reading with full orchestra of Herbert's 1911 grand opera, Natoma in more than 100 years in July of 2014.
In many ways, the beginnings of what we know today as the American Entertainment industry was shaped initially by Victor Herbert serving as a profound influence on the young Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and even George Gershwin. In short, Herbert is an American Musical Giant.
The Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! mission is to reintroduce this massive collection of music and theatrical output to the American public in general and to music and theatrical students of all ages and levels.