Casting Announced for Musicals Tonight!'s Naughty Marietta

News   Casting Announced for Musicals Tonight!'s Naughty Marietta
The Musicals Tonight! series, which is produced by Mel Miller, will continue Oct. 7-21 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre with a concert staging of Naughty Marietta.

The 1910 Victor Herbert operetta will feature the talents of Colin Liander, Tony Barton, Allen Lewis Rickman, Lisa Villamaria, Maegan McConnell, Robert Anthony Jones and Wendy Bergamini with Rolfe Winkler, Michael Jennings Maloney, Adam Levinskas, Brent Heuser, Andrea Schmidt, Natalie Rado and Christine LaDuca. Thomas Sabella-Mills will direct with musical direction by David Bishop.

Set in 1870s New Orleans, Naughty Marietta features the songs "Sweet Mystery of Life," "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!," "I'm Falling in Love With Someone," "Italian Street Song" and "Live for Today."

The operetta, according to production notes, is described as such: "Captain Dick (Colin Liander) is charged with capturing the pirate Bras-Prique (Tony Barton) who parades as the foppish son, Etienne, of the corrupt New Orleans Governor (Allen Lewis Rickman). Marietta (Lisa Villamaria), attempting to avoid an arranged marriage, has hidden on a 'bride ship' from France and is protected by our captain. Upon arrival, she disguises herself as the son of a puppeteer (also Allen Lewis Rickman). Etienne discovers her identity and vows to wed her, to the dismay of his beautiful mistress Adah (Maegan McConnell). Simon (Robert Anthony Jones) is a sailor looking for a soft job in New Orleans and Lizette (Wendi Bergamini) is from the bride ship and is looking for a soft-headed spouse — they find each other."

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