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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 attached from the French just as a revolution there changes everything.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama, Operetta

  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Robert is a young French aristocrat whose revolutionary inclinations force him to flee his country. He sells himself as a bond-servant to planter and shipowner Monsieur Beaunoir and his family in New Orleans.

As the police of Paris are looking everywhere for him, Robert cannot tell Beaunoir or his beautiful daughter Marianne whom he has fallen in love with, that he is of noble blood. Eventually he is tracked down by Vicomte Ribaud, the detective villain, and put The New Moon so that he can be deported back to France.

Robert thinks that he has been betrayed by Marianne, who has gained her father's consent to travel on the same ship, pretending she is in love with Captain Duval. There is a mutiny but Robert takes charge and the bond-servants come into power. Everyone goes ashore on the Isle of Pines and a new republic is founded which flourishes under Robert's guidance.

But Marianne, her pride hurt, at first refuses to marry Robert. Then Victomte Ribaud makes a final attempt to conquer the island for the King of France. He is surprised to hear from the French Commander that there has been a revolution in France, and that all aristocrats like himself must die unless they renounce their titles.

While he, ever the Royalist, goes to his inevitable doom, there follows a happy reunion fro Citizen Robert and Citizeness Marianne. 

Premiere Production: 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.
  • Casting: 16M, 5F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Plus chorus

  • JULIE - Marianne's maid
    M. BEAUNOIR - Marianne's father
    ROBERT - a bond servant
    ALEXANDER - another bond servant
    BESAC - a boatswain
    JACQUES - a ship's carpenter
    A SOT
    PHILIPPE - a friend of Robert
    ENSEMBLE - courtiers, ladies, servants, sailors, pirates, etc.

  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Piano/Conductor Score
    1 x Libretto/Vocal Book

    Pre-Production Pack Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This is optional.

    1 x Piano/Conductor Score
    1 x Libretto/Vocal Book

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    2 x Piano/Conductor Scores
    20 x Libretto/Vocal Books

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

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

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

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

    1 x 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 x Harp

    (Piano/Conductor Score sent with Rehearsal Material. No Piano in orchestra.)

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm