The New Moon


In 1788 New Orleans, Robert, a French revolutionist wanted by the Crown, is caught and put aboard The New Moon to stand trial in France. Mutiny is instigated by his beloved Marianne, and everyone on board starts a new, flourishing island republic which comes under attack from the French just as a revolution there changes everything.

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Robert is a young French aristocrat whose revolutionist inclinations force him to flee his country. Under an assumed name, he sells himself as a bond-servant to planter and ship-owner Monsieur Beaunoir and his family in New Orleans in 1792. Because the Paris police are looking everywhere for him, Robert cannot tell Beaunoir or Beaunoir’s beautiful daughter Marianne, with whom he has fallen in love, that he is of noble blood.

Eventually Robert is tracked down by Vicomte Ribaud, the detective villain, and put aboard a ship, the New Moon, so that he can be returned to France. Robert thinks he has been betrayed by Marianne, who has gained her father’s consent to travel on the same ship, pretending that she is in love with the ship’s captain, Duval. A mutiny occurs, and Robert and the bond-servants come into power. Everyone goes ashore on the Isle of Pines, and a new republic is founded.

The republic flourishes under Robert’s guidance, but Marianne, her pride hurt, at first refuses to marry Robert. French ships arrive, apparently to reclaim the island. Vicomte Ribaud expects them to conquer the island for the King of France. But the French Commander reveals that there has been a revolution in France, and that all aristocrats like himself must die unless they renounce their titles. Ribaud, a Royalist, heads for execution, but republican Robert renounces his title. All ends happily for him and Marianne.


Music by Sigmund Romberg
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd,
Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab

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Full Orchestration:

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola I
1 Viola II
1 Cello
1 Bass

2 Flute I & II (II doubles Piccolo)
1 Oboe & English Horn
2 Clarinet I & II (I doubles Alto Saxophone)

2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone (opt. double on Euphonium)

1 Percussion

Timpani (2 drums)
Snare Drum
Bass Drum
Indian Drum (without snares)
Suspended Cymbal
Wood Block

1 Harp

Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material (no Piano in orchestra)

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
1       Prompt Book for Director
26     Prompt Books for Cast
7       Vocal Parts
25     Chorus Parts
2       Vocal Scores for Robert and Marianne

Cast List

Julie Marianne’s Maid
M. Beaunoir, Marianne’s Father
Captain Duval
Vicomte Ribaud
M. Fouchette
Robert, a bond servant
Alexander, another bond servant
Besac, a Boatswain
Jacques, a ship’s carpenter
Marianne Beaunoir
Doorkeeper of Tavern
The Proprietor
A Sot
A Dancer
Philippe, a friend of Robert
Clotilde Lombaste of the Bride Ship
Admiral de Jean
Ensemble: Courtiers, Ladies, Servants, Sailors, Pirates, etc.

Brief History

Romberg’s 1928 operetta hit, THE NEW MOON, played for 519 performances on Broadway at the Imperial and Casino Theatres starring Evelyn Herbert, Robert Halliday and William O’Neal.