MP3 version - Recording is created by the Comic Opera Guild, Ann Arbor, MI, a not-for-profit company formed in 1973 with the mission to explore and help promote interest in the comic opera art form.
This recording is of the 1908 operetta Little Nemo written by Harry B. Smith and Victor Herbert (composer) and produced on October 20, 1908 at the New Amsterdam Theatre (42nd Street) in NYC. According to Edward Waters (Herbert biographer) this was a "landmark in the development of America's musical theatre. Based on the series of cartoons in the New York Herald drawn by Winsor McCay, it was derived from pure child-like fantasy." At the time, it was the largest musical production ever attempted in America. In a time when the average operetta cost roughly $20,000-$30,000, Little Nemo producers had spent $86,000 before the curtain went up the first time. It retained it's reputation as the most expensive production ever placed before the public until at least 1910. It also opened two months after the ill-fated Algeria's first run.
Adam Aceto and Patrick Johnson are at the two pianos. Music was restored and conducted by Adam Aceto. Album cover and program notes come in the zip file containing the MP3 files.
Here are the program notes: Little Nemo CD Program Notes
You can find the complete Libretto - a very rare document - and the complete piano/vocal score in other sections of Shop VHSource.