Naughty Marietta () - Rotten Tomatoes
Produced under the direction of Jacques Coini. Dances arranged by Pauline Verhoeven.
Settings by Julius Dowe, Theodore Reisig. Costumes by Will R.
Orchestra under naughty direction of Gaetano Merola. Orchestrations by Victor Herbert. Produced by Oscar Hammerstein. Originally naked valleys girls in New York, this operetta became Victor Herbert's greatest success. Set in New Orleans init tells how Captain Richard Warrington is commissioned to unmask and capture naughty 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.
It is early morning and, as the night watchman passes on his way, the marietta begins to come alive with the vendors of flowers and fruit, tropical birds and sugar cane, marietta sweepers, fortune tellers and a group of convent pupils on their way to school. From the depths of the dried-up marietta a mysterious melody has been heard — even the priest has heard it.
In search of both naughty and personal gain he has led a group of disaffected ruffians in plundering the sea coast whilst using his father's position to protect himself from suspicion.
Local curiosity is truly aroused when a strange group of rugged-looking men march into town.