by Peter Feher
Gilbert & Sullivan might be the Ohio Light Opera signature, but the company in residence at the College of Wooster each summer has made other traditions out of its love for lyric theater. One curious case is the 1924 operetta The Student Prince, which OLO reprises for a seventh time in a production running through July 29 at Freedlander Theatre.
From the start, the work’s popularity has resembled something of a groundswell. Ignoring early objections from producers, composer Sigmund Romberg and librettist Dorothy Donnelly wound up securing their reputations with this hit. The Student Prince became the longest-running Broadway show of the decade and spawned two film adaptations, including a 1954 version with a star cast of its time. [Read more…]