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Palm Beach Light Opera Co. presents NAUGHTY MARIETTA 1/10/2010


The Palm Beach Light Opera Company will present a semi-staged concert production of NAUGHTY MARIETTA with Music by Victor Herbert and Libretto by Rida Johnson Young on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm. The performance will be at the Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Community College, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. NAUGHTY MARIETTA will feature a cast and orchestra of 30 directed by Joseph N. Rubin. Tickets are $25.00 and $10 for students. To purchase tickets call 561-283-2400 or email For more information visit the Palm Beach Light Opera Company's website at

NAUGHTY MARIETTA opened on Broadway on November 17, 1910 and ran 136 successful performances. The piece was revived on Broadway in 1929 and 1931. The 1935 MGM film starring the immortal Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy was their first movie together. One of the most beloved operettas of all time, NAUGHTY MARIETTA was constantly revived by stock and amateur companies all over the country, but has not been seen in recent decades. Victor Herbert's masterpiece, the score contains "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life," "The Italian Street Song," "I'm Falling in Love with Someone," and "‘Neath the Southern Moon." The Palm Beach Light Opera Company's production marks the 100th anniversary of the Broadway premiere as well as the 150thAnniversary of Victor Herbert's birth..

A sweeping, romantic tale of love and deception, NAUGHTY MARIETTA is set in colorful French New Orleans of 1750. Countess Marietta, upon running away from her home in France, disguises herself as one of the marriageable "casquette" girls sent by the King of France to New Orleans. Upon her arrival she is befriended by an American frontiersman, Captain Richard Warrington, who is under orders to capture the notorious pirate, Bras Pique. The Lieutenant-Governor's son, Etienne, also has his eye on Marietta, and tumultuous conflict ensues as Marietta dangles both men at her will. A romantic and hilarious plot combined with some of the most memorable music ever written for the American musical stage, NAUGHTY MARIETTA is a show you won't want to miss!

The Palm Beach Light Opera Company is a newly formed non-profit theatre company, based in Palm Beach, Florida, dedicated to the preservation and performance of classic operettas. Founded and incorporated in 2008 by executive director, Joseph N. Rubin, the Palm Beach Light Opera Company is a volunteer based organization providing talented singers and musicians in the South Florida community with the opportunity to perform in operetta productions. Mr. Rubin, one of the foremost historians of operetta, is also the founder and director of the Canton Comic Opera Company (Ohio); the only theatre company dedicated solely to the performance of American operettas. The Palm Beach Light Opera Company's premiere production of THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER was performed in January 2009.

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