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.

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

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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 Score sent with rehearsal material (no Piano in orchestra)

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • 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.

  • 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.

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