Naughty Marietta

Victor Herbert, Rida Johnson Young

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  4f, 4m

Music by Victor Herbert / Book and Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young

This comic opera, set in New Orleans in 1780, combines romance and adventure as a mysterious pirate falls for a beautiful runaway.
Naughty Marietta
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    Cast Size
    4f, 4m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
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    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Victor Herbert’s operetta Naughty Marietta is set in New Orleans in 1780. The story follows Captain Richard Warrington, who is commissioned to capture the mysterious French pirate who calls himself Bras Priqué, and how a beautiful runaway who calls herself Naughty Marietta, complicates this task.
Naughty Marietta opened on Broadway at the New York Theatre on November 7, 1910 and played for 136 performances, starring Emma Trentini in the title role and Orville Harrold as Captain Warrington. It has been revived several times and was transformed into an MGM movie in 1935 starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.
Originally produced in New York, this operetta became Victor Herbert's greatest success. Set in New Orleans in 1780, it tells how Captain Richard Warrington is commissioned to unmask and capture a notorious French pirate calling himself 'Bras Pique'- and how he is helped and hindered by a high-spirited runaway Contessa Marietta. The score includes many well-known songs, including "Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life," popularized by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the film adaptation.


Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A Public Square in New Orleans; a Marionette Theatre; Ball-room of the Jeunesse Club. 1780.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


4f, 4m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
(In Order of Appearance)

Etienne Grandet, son of Acting-Governor Granet
(he is also the privateer “Bras Pique”) - Baritone
1st Pirate - Speaking role
Pierre La Farge, envoy from Napolean - Speaking role
Sister Domenique, chaperone of the Casquette Girls - Speaking role
1st, 2nd, 3rd Casquette Girls - Speaking roles
Captain Richard Warrington of Kentucky - Romantic tenor
Sgt. Harry Blake of the Rangers, born in Ireland Major - Speaking role, Irish accent
1st Ranger - Speaking role
Marietta D'Altena, a runaway countess,
Disguised as a casquette girl Lyric-coloratora - Soprano
Town Crier - Baritone
1st Flower Girl - Soprano
2nd Flower Girl - Mezzo-soprano
Flower Vendor - Baritone
Parakeet Seller - Tenor
Fruit Vendor - Bass or baritone
Sugarcane Vendor - Tenor
1st, 2nd, 3rd Citizens - Speaking roles
Adah Le Clercq, Etienne’s quadroon mistress - Mezzo-soprano
Scipio, her slave - Super
Acting-Governor Grandit - Baritone, comic
Florenze - Speaking role
Pvt. Silas Slick, a young Ranger - Singer-dancer, high baritone
Thomas Bailey, a Ranger spy - Speaking role
Mére Marie, a conjure woman - Mezzo-soprano, major singing


  • Musical Style: Operetta
  • Dance Requirements: Easy
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Medium

Act I

Overture - Orchestra
1. Opening Chorus – Chorus
2. “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!” – Captain Dick, Followers & Male Chorus
3. “Taisez-Vous” – Casket Girls & Men
4. “Naughty Marietta” – Marietta
5. “It Never, Never Can Be Love” – Marietta & Captain Dick
6. “If I Were Anybody Else But Me” – Simon & Lizette
7. “’’Neath The Southern Moon” – Adah
8. “Italian Street Song” – Marietta & Chorus
9. Finale Act I – Company

Act II

10. Opening Chorus / Scene One Prelude – Orchestra
10a. “Dance of the Marionettes” – Marietta & Rudolfo
11. “You Marry A Marionette” – Etienne
11a. Dance – Orchestra
12. Intermezzo: The Dream Melody – Orchestra
13. “New Orleans Jeunesse Dorée” – Chorus
14. “Loves of New Orleans” – Chorus
14a. “The Sweet By And By” – Lizette
15. Prelude – Orchestra
15a. “Live For Today (Waltz Song)” – Marietta, Captain Dick Etienne, Adah & Chorus
16. “I’m Falling In Love With Someone” – Captain Dick
17. “It’s Pretty Soft For Simon” – Simon
18. Finale Ultimo – Company

Full Orchestration

Violin 1
Violin 2

Flute 1 & 2 (Flute 2 doubles Piccolo)
Clarinet 1 & 2 (in Bb)

Horn 1 & 2 (in F)
Trumpet 1 & 2 (in Bb)

Percussion: Timpani (2), Bass Drum w/Cymbal, Snare Drum, Triangle, Tambourine, Castanets, Bells, Xylophone & Church Bell (or Gong).




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Full Package:
1 Piano/Conductor Score
28 Libretto/Vocal Books
2 Flute 1 & 2
1 Oboe
2 Clarinet 1 & 2
1 Bassoon
2 Horn 1 & 2
2 Trumpet 1 & 2
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
1 Harp
2 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

Piano Only:
1 Piano/Conductor
28 Libretto/Vocal Books


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Victor Herbert

Rida Johnson Young

RIDA JOHNSON YOUNG was an American playwright, songwriter and librettist. In her career, Young wrote over thirty plays and musicals, and more than 500 songs. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. Some of her best-known lyrics include “Mother Machree” from Barry of Ballymore, “Italian Street Son ...

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