Orange Blossoms (Victor Herbert, B.G. deSylva) Comic Opera Guild Recording
Composer: Herbert, Victor
Lyricist: deSylva, Buddy
Comic Opera Guild
1922 hit play 'Orange Blossoms' blooms again! 2005 Comic Opera Guild live recording of the revival of Victor Herbert's 1922 hit about an American girl enmeshed in a series of romantic misunderstandings as she seeks a job in Paris. If the title of Victor Herbert's 1922 romantic musical comedy "Orange Blossoms" leaves you scratching your head, you're not alone. Fortunately, director Tom Petiet explains the title's significance stating that it was a common tradition in the 1920's to have orange blossoms at every wedding. A wedding is the central event of Herbert's show, which tells the story of a young American woman of no means who travels to Paris to see her godfather, a divorce lawyer, and seek work. One of the godfather's clients is an impoverished baron who wants to marry a Brazilian woman, but can't collect his inheritance if he does so. The lawyer decides to arrange an in-name-only marriage between his client and his goddaughter. Not surprisingly, there are complications. Orange Blossoms is considered one of the best shows that Herbert wrote that people don't know, with a very good script from a French novel. The show rejuvenated Herbert's career at the time it was first performed. The Comic Opera Guild's production of "Orange Blossoms" marks Herbert's 150th birthday, and despite the show's initial box-office success it is the musical's first staging in 70 years. The play is funny and the music is wonderful.