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					 Taming Naughty Marietta                     At first Trentini balked at having to
                                           take the step down from opera to
                 By 1910 Oscar
                                           operetta. Later a dispute arose with
               Hammerstein had
                                           Herbert when, at a special perform-
               established himself
                                           ance, she refused to encore “Street
               as the major force in
                                           Song” in order to save her voice for
               the New York
                                           the rest of the show. He stormed
               theatrical world. He
                                           out of the pit and vowed never to
               had just built the
                                           work with her again—and never did!
               Manhattan Opera
                                           Herbert’s loss was Rudolph Friml’s
               House on 34th
                                           gain. He recognized her talent and,
Street, a successful challenger to
                                           with Otto Harbach, wrote Firefly for
the Metropolitan Opera, five blocks
                                           Trentini—Friml’s first big success,
to the north.
                                           but at Herbert’s expense.
 The board of the Met feared the
                                             Librettist Rida Johnson Young
competition for its vocally stellar but
                                           was a member of Baltimore society
otherwise stodgy productions, and
                                           seeking work in New York in pursuit
negotiated a deal with him to not
                                           of an acting career. Instead, she
produce a “grand” opera for a
                                           found her greatest talent as a
decade. Hammerstein turned to
                                           lyricist and librettist. After Naughty
operetta instead, and engaged
                                           Marietta she collaborated with Kern
Victor Herbert for the challenge.
                                           (The Red Petticoat), Kalman (Her
 Herbert’s most famous operetta            Soldier Boy), Romberg (Maytime)
was written between drafts of              and others on popular operettas.
pilsner, on a barroom piano at the
                                       Marietta opened in Syracuse, NY,
Hofbrauhaus at the corner of 30th
                                      moved to Broadway on November
Street and Broadway.
                                      7, 1910 and played 136 perform-
  Hammerstein rented the New York ances with revivals in 1929 and
Theater (the old Olympia) and         1931, a 1935 film version with
Herbert’s Naughty Marietta became Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson
its crown jewel. Its star would be a  Eddy, and a 1955 TV version with
five foot small soprano whom Oscar Patrice Munsel and Alfred Drake.
had discovered singing in cabaret in
                                       Hammerstein had indeed stuck to
Milan and who had become the
                                                       the letter of his
                 leading diva of his
                                                       agreement with the
                 company: Emma
                                                       Met by not produc-
                 Trentini. Her musi-
                                                       ing a “grand”
                 cality was impecca-
                                                       opera, but violated
                 ble, but her compo-
                                                       its spirit brilliantly
                 sure was not, nor
                                                       by producing a
                 was her English. She
                                                       “grand” operetta!
                 learned her part by
                 rote!                                           Norman Keller
                                              Victor Herbert
For more about Victor Herbert, see Victor Herbert—A Theatrical Life by Neil Gould,
published by Fordham University Press, 2008, from which some of the above was drawn.
                Naughty Marietta
                                       Music by
                              Victor Herbert
                                 Score compiled by
                               Dino Anagnost
                           New Libretto Adaptation by
                                   Alyce Mott
                       Original 1910 Libretto & Lyrics by
                             Rida Johnson Young

                                     The Cast
Captain Richard Warrington (Capt. Dick). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Tiranno
Marietta (Italian Contessa d’Altena). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kristin Vogel
Lieutenant Governor Grandet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Holmes
Etienne Grandet (Son of Lieut. Governor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cory Clines
Simon O’Hara (Capt. Dick’s servant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matthew Hughes
Rudolfo (Italian owner of marionette theater) . . . . . . . . . . . . .William Tost
Adah (Quadroon mistress of Etienne). . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria Elena Armijo
Marie Le Valleau (French Creole Voodoo Queen) . . . . . . .Tracy Bidleman
Ensemble: Lesley Berry, Susan Case, Mark Heimbigner, Iris Karlin, David
 Kelleher-Flight, Brian Long, Leslie Middlebrook Moore, Leslie Tay
                               Ambience Strings
         Violin: Shane Thor Galligan       Cello: Isabel Castellvi
         Violin: Magdalena Garbalinska      Bass: Robert Bellamy
                 Piano & Conductor: Stephen Francis Vasta

                       Stage Director: Gary Slavin
                  Music Director: Stephen Francis Vasta
              Produced by John Odell Behonek & Carol Davis
                   Costume Designer: Lydia Gladstone
             Wardrobe: Michelle Lepler, Deborah Thomas Shull
                     House Manager: Cynthia Gowen
 Special Thanks to: Tony Cockcroft (box office), Phil Bowers & Don Haupman
 (marketing), David Jones (season graphics), Kurt Keller (graphic production), Nathan
 Hull (logo graphics), Norm Keller (flyer & program), Cristina Milleur (props),
 Flexitoons: Craig & Olga Marin (marionette), Miranda Knowles & Ramona Flood
 (door), VLOG (costumes and rehearsal space), Theater Development Fund (costume
 collection). For the Players: John Martello (Executive Director), Dennis Davies (Asst.
 to Executive Director) and Raymond Ridore (Technical Director).
                                   Musical Numbers
                                               ACT I
    1. Opening Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Women
    2. Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dick & Men
    3. Taisez Vous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ensemble
    4. Naughty Marietta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marietta
    5. It Never, Never Can Be Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dick & Marietta
    6. If I Were Anybody Else But Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Simon & Adah
    7. ’Neath The Southern Moon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Adah & Etienne
    8. Italian Street Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marietta & Ensemble
    9. Finale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .All
                                                ACT II
   10. The Dream Melody Intermezzo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orchestra
   11. Dance Of The Marionettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rudolfo & Marietta
   12. I’m Falling In Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dick, Marietta & Ensemble
   13. You Marry a Marionette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Etienne
   13a. Jeunesse Dorée . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Orchestra
   14. The Loves of New Orleans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ensemble
   15. Sweet By and By . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lt. Governor
   16. Live For Today . . . . . Marietta, Dick, Etienne, Adah & Ensemble
   17. Finale—Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life . . . . . . . . .Dick, Marietta & All

                     Who’s Who in Naughty Marietta
Ambience Strings (Orchestra) is a            Maria Elena Armijo (Adah): Recently:
collective of Conservatory Players,          Annina (Traviata), New Rochelle Opera.
performing together professionally since     Roles include: Angelina (Cenerentola),
2000. Our players have performed at some     Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Second Witch
of the most prestigious events in NYC, as    (Dido and Aeneas), Mercédès (Carmen),
well as recording, touring and collaborating Aminta (Il Re Pastore), L’Enfant (L’Enfant et
with some of the best pop artists of today.  les Sortilèges), Venus (Orphée aux Enfers),             Dona Elvira (Don Giovanni). Ash Lawn,
                                             Syracuse, Empire, Tacoma, Bellevue, Off-
Dino Anagnost (Score Compiler) is in his
                                             Center and Dona Ana Lyric Operas; Dicapo
30th season as Music Director and
                                             Opera Theatre, OperaWorks. Concerts,
Conductor of The Little Orchestra Society, a
                                     nd      recitals and festivals. MM, University of
NYC professional orchestra in its 62
season. He has conducted the Society in
1,000+ concerts, bringing his remarkable     John Odell Behonek (Producer) is founder/
programming innovations to adults and        treasurer of LOONY. A theatre professional
children alike. Known for his vast knowledge from age eight, he managed to combine a
of Vivaldi, American and International film  love of performing arts with a 30-year career
scores, orchestra commissions and            as a research biochemist and science
premieres, Anagnost and Mott are co-         educator. Past president of the Village Light
creators of the Victor Herbert Renaissance Opera Group, the G&S Society of NY and
Project which with The Little Orchestra      the Theatre Association of NY State and
Society have created more first class        currently secretary to the NY G&S Players.
complete evenings of Victor Herbert than
                                             Lesley Berry (Ensemble): Blue Hill Troupe
any professional ensemble in the world.
                                             roles: Mrs. Partlet (Sorcerer), Angela
                                             (Patience), Peep-Bo (Mikado), Cleo (Most
                   Who’s Who in Naughty Marietta
Happy Fella). St. Bart's Players: Diana         recently featured in Princess Ida and
(California Suite), Sally (Follies), Meg        Yeomen. Professional cantor and section
Brockie (Brigadoon), Ruth (High Spirits),       leader at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where he
Joanne (Company), Mrs. Anderssen/Quintet        has sung for two Popes and numerous
(Night Music). Amateur Comedy Club:             VIPs. MM in voice, Manhattan School of
Sarah (Table Manners).                          Music.
Tracy Bidleman (Marie Le Valleau) has           Richard Holmes (Lt. Governor ) has sung
been a singing actress for the better part of  162 complete roles! Principal artist:
30 years. Originally from Seattle, she has     Glimmerglass, Virginia, El Paso, San
sung across the USA in professional theater    Antonio, Lake George, Columbus, New York
fashion and finally ended up, as so many       Grand Operas; guest artist, Metropolitan
do, in the BIG apple to portray for you        Opera. Roles from Rossini's Figaro and
tonight a very charismatic, voodoo queen -     Dandini to leads in operas by Britten,
ah, I love the theater!                        Argento, Barab, Harbison and Beeson;
Susan Case (Ensemble) is best known to         World premiere recording of "Sorry, Wrong
NY audiences for her performances with the Number." Festival soloist: Aix-en-Provence,
New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and      Avignon, Stockholm, St. Petersburg,
with Out of the Box Theatre Co. Favorite       London, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam …
roles include Nedda (Pagliacci), Casilda       and Sioux City! 29-season NYGASP
(Gondoliers), Julia Jellicoe (Grand Duke),     veteran. Next: Rossini Stabat Mater
Aline (Sorcerer) and the Mother in Amahl....   (Fairfield County Chorale), Dayton Opera
                                               debut. Recordings: Naxos, Vox, Albany,
Cory Clines (Etienne Grandet) was praised Lyrichord Records.
by Opera News as being in “excellent voice
and show[ing] a real spark of stage savvy.” Matthew Hughes (Simon O’Hara) has been
This bass-baritone sings both protagonists     featured with the Blue Hill Troupe in roles
and comedians on stages ranging from           including Charlie Dalrymple (Brigadoon),
opera to musical theatre. Mr. Clines will also Cyril (Princess Ida), Fairfax (Yeomen of the
be seen in LOONY’s upcoming production         Guard), Frederic (Pirates), Notary (Grand
of Mlle. Modiste and will be returning to Ohio Duke). He will be seen as Marco
Light Opera this summer.                       (Gondoliers) in April. Matt also played
                                               Ernest in Grand Duke in Buxton, England,
Carol Davis (Producer/Stage Manager):          last summer.
LOONY founder/Managing Director. Past
president, Blue Hill Troupe, NYGASP;           Iris Karlin (Ensemble): Master's degree
current president, G&S Society of N Y. Carol Magna Cum Laude (Haifa's University),
has produced and/or staged all of the          continued vocal education in Germany,
LOONY performances to date and is looking Austria and New York. Began her operatic
forward to directing Mlle Modiste in March.    experience with the Israeli Opera, has
Lydia Gladstone (Costumes): Showtime;          continued performing in the States with
Jeannette Burmeister (The Full Monty-          Pacific, NYC Lyric, Amore (Musetta in La
Northern Stage); Margaret/Vi (Dog Day          Boheme), Amici and Metropolis Operas.
Afternoon-Barefoot Theatre Co., NYC);          This is her second LOONY appearance.
Mme. Pastia (Le Cabaret de Carmen-              David Kelleher-Flight (Ensemble): A
American Opera Theatre); Tovarich-              Canadian baritone, David has been heard in
Musicals Tonight. Also: Fraulein Schneider      the title role of Mikado, Sir Richard
(Cabaret), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd),          (Yeomen), Samuel (Pirates), and Njegus
Shirley (Frozen), Rose (Gypsy), Witch (Into     (Merry Widow). Graduate of the Manhattan
the Woods), Sally Adams (Call Me Madam),        School of Music, he is currently a Doctoral
Kate (Broadway Bound); Side by Side by          Candidate at SUNY-Stony Brook. Aspen
Sondheim, Closer Than Ever, Jacques Brel.       Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts,
Mark Heimbigner (Ensemble): Proud               Ohio Light Opera, Ash Lawn Opera and
member, Blue Hill Troupe, since ’05, most       Oxford Lieder Festival (UK).
                   Who’s Who in Naughty Marietta
Brian Long (Ensemble) comes from Alaska,         Leslie Tay (Ensemble) is a Singaporean
making a pit stop at Ithaca College to get his   character tenor whose roles include
BM. NY credits include Teseo (Il Sogno) and      Monostatos and Goro. He has sung with
Cheviot Hill (Topsy Turvy Loves). Other          companies including Bronx Opera and
credits: Jester (Once Upon a Mattress) and       Brooklyn Repertory Opera. Leslie holds a
Fyedka (Fiddler...), Monostatos (Magic           Master of Music degree from the Manhattan
Flute). Upcoming: Ellen Degeneres (Bully         School of Music where he was in the studio
Pulpit) and Duke (Patience). Thanks to all       of Arthur Levy.
his friends and family for their undying
                                                John Tiranno (Capt. Richard Warrington):
support, Love you all!!
                                                Recent engagements include Alfredo in La
                                                Traviata (Granite State Opera), Lord
Leslie Middlebrook Moore (Ensemble):            Tolloller in Iolanthe (Nashville Opera), Dr.
Mezzo-soprano soloist with LOONY for the
                                                Caius in Falstaff (Toledo Opera), Faust in
past four years, most recently at the Herbert
                                                Gounod’s Faust (Opera in the Heights),
Gala in October. Opera, operetta, oratorio
                                                Handel’s Messiah (Dayton Philharmonic),
and concert in Italy. Germany, Austria and
                                                Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (National
Bulgaria; from Carnegie Hall to San
                                                Academy Orchestra of Canada), and both
Francisco. Recently: all mezzo roles (The
                                                Haydn’s Creation and Beethoven’s
Ring Cycle), Amneris in Aida and Mrs.
                                                Symphony No. 9 (Vermont Mozart Festival).
Sedley in Peter Grimes, Katisha in Mikado,
Duchess in world premiere of Gorbea's The William Tost (Rudolfo): Blue Hill Troupe
Time Machine; companies: Virginia Opera, roles include Mr. Lundie (Brigadoon), Lord
Wagner Festival Orchestra, One World            Chancellor (Iolanthe), Old Adam
Symphony, Opera of the Hamptons. Next:          (Ruddigore), Notary (Sorcerer), Tipseion
Bradamonte, Handel’s Alcina; PWSA               (Thespis). Bill spent many years as the Girl's
concert: “With A Song in Our Hearts” (Feb. 7 Father in the original Fantasticks and played
at 7 pm).             the Old Actor in the Broadway revival. He
                                                dubbed a Pokêmon movie last summer
Alyce Mott (Libretto Adaptation): produced and has really done puppetry and
playwright, stage director, arts administrator, marionette work, with Bil Baird!
co-founder of the Victor Herbert Renais-        Stephen Francis Vasta (Music Director):
sance Project with Dino Anagnost. Author of Veteran conductor, vocal coach, keyboard-
eight new Herbert librettos, each resulting in ist, has conducted many operettas, including
productions with The Little Orchestra           Fledermaus, Merry Widow and Mikado
Society at Lincoln Center with such stars as (Opera Northeast); Orpheus in the
Patrice Munsel, Estelle Parsons and Lynn        Underworld as Assistant Professor of
Redgrave. Ms. Mott has maintained               Theatre at Ball State University (IN); and since 1999, and last year recently, Trial by Jury for Naples (FL)
launched Shop VHSource, an international Opera. Equally adept in the realm of musical
on-line digital publisher of original Victor    theatre, Mr. Vasta has been on the faculty of
Herbert performance materials.                  AMDA since 1993 and is a regular
                                                 contributor to Opera News and the
Gary Slavin (Stage Director) would rather        MusicWeb International website.
be directing and choreographing than doing
anything else. He has staged pieces for the      Kristin Vogel (Marietta): This spring Ms.
International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in     Vogel returns to LOONY as Fifi in Mlle.
the UK, the Blue Hill Troupe, the NY             Modiste and to Natchez Festival of Music as
International Fringe Festival, Off Broadway      a Young Artist covering Mimi (La Boheme).
and theatres throughout the US and Europe.       Companies: Village Light Opera Group, Des
Every stage is a sandbox, a place to play,       Moines Metro Opera, Eugene Opera,
and the sandbox is his favorite place.           Dicapo Opera Theater, Opera Manhat-
LOONY has a great sandbox! Dear                  tan, Liederkranz Opera Theater, Opera
Audience: YOU are the theatre - thank you.       Company of Brooklyn. MM: Manhattan
                                                 School of Music.
     Light Opera of New York                                The LOONY Guild
 Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Victor     We are grateful for the generosity of the following
 Herbert’s birth, Light Opera of New York        contributors whose donations help us offset our
                                                 costs and keep our prices affordable, and help us
 continues this season with Mlle Modiste on      provide access for audiences that cannot afford
 March 18, and The Red Mill on May 20. To        even our low prices. Guild members receive
 order tickets, turn the page.                   advanced notification of all productions and events
                                                 and extra benefits. Contributions are fully tax-
 Now it its fourth year, LOONY is a              deductible. (LOONY is a 501(c)(3) organization.)
 professional, not-for profit company devoted
 to the performance of staged operettas and      Benefactors             Family Members
                                                 John Odell Behonek      Susan Case
 operetta concerts. We produce classical
                                                 Anthony Cockcroft       Jonathan Carriel
 operetta from a 21st century perspective.       Denise Sobel & Norm     Robert DeCoursey
 LOONY has performed a fully-staged                Keller                Wendy Falconer
 Fledermaus for a private party, Victor          Michael Monheit         Dorsey Gray
 Herbert’s little known The Magic Knight, our    Jesse Shereff           Cornelia & James Iredell
 own English translation of Offenbach’s                                  Hanna & Robert Jones
 Monsieur Choufleuri, a staged production of                             Albert Lerner
                                                 Achilles Perry
 William Gilbert’s Eyes and No Eyes, a                                   Eddee & Lark Mason
 gender-reversed version of a G&S                Sponsors                Janet McDougal
                                                 Phillip J. Bowers       Rosemary & Paul Reiss
 standard, Mis(s)Trial by Jury, complete with    Dollie Smith Knight     Calvin Roth
 slightly over-the-top “auditions,” to great     Meg Dooley & Peter      Dan Rothermel
 acclaim, and concerts that draw songs and         LaVigne               Frank Scala
 scenes from disparate operettas into a          Bette LeVine            George Schildge
 unified, sometimes wacky, theme.                Judy Orlando            Maire Watkins
                                                 Sara Solomon            Judy & Peter Weis
 LOONY is available to perform for your                                  Jerold Ziesselman
 event with a range of programs, from a          Patrons
 quartet of singers to a full-length, themed     James Cohen             Members
                                                 Barbara & Robert        Iris & Paul Bell
 concert or a fully staged operetta. If you're
                                                   Erskine               Sandra Bendfeldt
 interested email us at:                         Thomas Fenaughty        Patricia Brawer
          Lydia & Joseph          Jonahan Carriel
                                                   Gladstone             Paul & Marie Cohen
             Board of Directors                  Donald Hauptman         Eric Friedenthal
         Norman K. Keller, President             Kathryn Holler          Alice & Ralph MacPhail
        John Odell Behonek, Treasurer            Kenneth Kiernan         Bruce Pomahac
           Bette LeVine, Secretary               Helen & Al Lessner      Susan Prince
              Phillip J. Bowers,                 Neil McKekvie           Mary Pulley
        Anthony Cockcroft, Carol Davis           Georgia Middlebrook     Priscilla Reeves
                Advisory Board                   Diana Munro             F. Eugene Reil
        Don Hauptman, Kathryn Holler,            Liane & Sigourney       Joanne Spellun
  Matthew Hughes, Leslie Middlebrook Moore,        Romaine               Jon Stoddard
  Alyce Mott, Thomas Z. Shepard, Rick Stanley    Elizabeth Ross          Norman Tajen
                                                 Howard Samara           Gerald Zaidman
         Rich Miller (General Counsel)           Jay Sherwood            Miriam Zwerin

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                        An entire season of Victor Herbert
                   To celebrate the 150 Anniversary of his birth

                                               Mlle Modiste
                              A Salesgirl’s Dreams Come True
                                Thursday, March 18, 2010—7:30 PM
Featuring the songs: “Hats Make the Woman,” “I Want What I Want
When I Want It,” “If I Were On the Stage,” “Love Me, Love My Dog,”
“Mascot of the Troop,” ”The Time, the Place and the Girl.” and the
show-stopping “Kiss Me Again.”

                                  The Red Mill
                                  Two New Yorkers Are Stranded in Holland
                                  Thursday, May, 20, 2010—7:30 PM
                                  Featuring “Beautiful Isle of Our Dreams,” “Because You’re You,” Every
                                  Day is Ladies’ Day with Me,” “You Can Never Tell About a Woman,” and
                                  the timeless “Streets of New York.”

                                                    All performances at the Players
                                                 16 Gramercy Park South (20th Street)
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