(1912) Music by Victor Herbert Lyrics by James O’Dea Book by Anne Caldwell and Lawrence McCarty Everyone likes a good Cinderella story, so what better way for OLO to introduce this iconic character into its repertoire than with Victor Herbert’s zany musical comedy The Lady of the Slipper. With stepsisters named Dollbabia and Freakette, a cat named Mouser, and two fellows named Punks and Spooks who emerge from a cornfield (a la Wizard of Oz) to entice Cinderella to the ball and then into the prince’s arms, “zany” is indeed the right term for a show that captured the public’s fancy and became the second-longest-running book musical of 1912. Recognized by Herbert biographer Edward Waters as “in every way … a major achievement in the American musical theater,” the show features Herbert at his most engagingly diverse: waltzes, galops, marches, a duet (“Meow! Meow! Meow!”) for Cinderella and the cat, a “Witches Ballet,” and the hit duet “A Little Girl at Home” for Cinderella and Prince Maximilian. For the second time in just three years (recall the hilarious Dream City and the Magic Knight from 2014), OLO presents a Herbert musical that has not been fully-staged in over a century.