The New Moon

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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 onboard starts a new, flourishing island republic which comes under attack from the French just as a revolution there changes everything.

*Music samples courtesy of Ghostlight Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Rehearsal Materials
  • Brief History
  • The action takes place in New Orleans in 1788, on the plantation of Monsieur Beaunoir, a leading citizen. He is awaiting the arrival of Vicount Ribaud, who has come to New Orleans looking for Robert Misson, a chevalier and Revolutionist who, is wanted by His Majesty for his involvement in a Paris street brawl in which a nobleman was killed. Ribaud, who has traced Misson to the New Orleans plantation, orders a lineup of all the bond-servants but doesn’t find Robert, who determines to escape and sings a farewell to Marianne, Beaunoir’s daughter. This is overheard by Besace and some of his crew. A quarrel ensues which is quelled by the arrival of Beaunoir in time to avoid bloodshed. Captain Duval tries to induce Marianne to share his fortunes, but she is attracted to Robert and will have none of Duval. Robert tells Julie that Marianne needs a master to control her and is overheard by Marianne. She is furious and threatens to have him flogged. Ribaud informs Marianne the man is in love with her and induces her to show herself on her balcony to get Robert to sing to her. Ribaud calls Fouchette to identify Robert and shoots at him but misses. Another shot is heard and Ribaud receives a wound on the wrist. The scene changes to the interior of a tavern. Robert meets Ribaud there and denounces him as a spy and the men make him a prisoner for awhile. Robert makes his way to New Orleans at Beaunoir’s house, determined to meet Marianne. There is a dance going on and Robert makes his way to the ballroom. Numbers are drawn for the privilege of kissing the hostess and dancing with her. Robert draws the prize, and he and Marianne reach an understanding. A few moments later, Ribaud arrests him and sends him to France as a prisoner on the ship “The New Moon,” to be tried as an assassin and a traitor. At sea, a vessel has been following them all day and finally overtakes them. It is Philipe’s brig, and Duval and Ribaud are confined as prisoners after a short action and later sent ashore off the Florida Reefs. The colonists are landed on an island in the Caribbean where they set up a small Republic and a year after, celebrate their liberty. Ribaud is accused of betraying the colony to two French Men-O-War off the shore, but the colonists are told if they give up Marianne, they are at liberty to follow their bent. Ribaud brings Robert and Marianne together in their island shack and leaves them there. In the early dawn an alarm occurs. Besace sees the ships of Louis XVI rounding the point to anchor. The colonists are alarmed and call for Robert, the dreamer. They curse him but Marianne defends him, as Admiral DeJean lands and announces that France is a Republic and they are free citizens, permitted to make their own laws as part of the French Republic.

  • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd., Frank Mandel and Lawrence Schwab

  • Full Orchestration:

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

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

    1 Percussion

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Tom-tom
    Indian Drum (without snares)
    Bells
    Vibraphone
    Chimes
    Suspended Cymbal
    Castanets
    Triangle
    Ratchet
    Wood Block
    Tambourine

    1 Harp

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

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

  • 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.