Musical comedy in two acts by Rida Johnson Young: Music by Victor Herbert.

New York Theatre, Broadway - November 7, 1910 (136 perfs)


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, the most notable being "Ah, Sweet Mystery Of life" which was sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the popular film version.


3 female, 7 male

Musical Numbers:
  1. Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life
  2. All I Crave Is More Of Life
  3. Come, Come, Come
  4. Gambling
  5. If I Were Anybody Else But Me
  6. I'm Falling In Love With Someone
  7. It Never, Never Can Be Love
  8. Italian Street Song
  9. It's Pretty Soft For Simon
  10. Live For Today
  11. Loves Of New Orleans
  12. Naughty Marietta
  13. Loves Of New Orleans
  14. 'Neath the Southern Moon
  15. Sweet By and By
  16. Taisez-vous
  17. Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!
  18. You Marry A Marionette

flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussion, harp, strings

Vocal Score and Libretto available on hire only

Revision for amateur performance: adaptation by Ronald Hanmer, book and lyrics adapted by Phil Park