Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 21:35:08 EST
From: Bapopik Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: "Canuck" in NAUGHTY MARIETTA
A friend told me that "Canuck" is in the 1910 Victor Herbert operetta
NAUGHTY MARIETTA. I don't know how I missed that--it was made into a popular
1935 film and I have a huge crush on Jeanette MacDonald.
JEANETTE MACDONALD: I'm dead!
The New York Public Library's copy (call number JNF 77-37) is signed by
the stage star Emma Trentini ("Paul J. Woodward/ Nov. 18, 1910/ With love,
Emma") and also by Victor Herbert! The text is also available in AMERICAN
OPERA AND MUSIC FOR THE STAGE/ EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY/ THREE
AMERICAN MUSIC/ A COLLECTION OF AMERICAN SACRED AND SECULAR MUSIC,
edited by Martha Furman Schliefer, G. K. Hall & Co., 1990.
NAUGHTY MARIETTA, a comic opera in two acts, had book and lyrics by Rida
Johnson Young and music by Victor Herbert. It was presented by Oscar
Hammerstein in New York City on 7 November 1910.
The first act takes place in the Place D'Armes, New Orleans, about the
year 1780. The song "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" is sung by Captain Dick (Captain
Richard Warrington, or Nelson Eddy for you film fans) with Followers, _Allegro
marcato_, and is on pages 43-48:
We're Planters and Canucks,
Virginians and Kaintucks,
Captain Dick's own Infantry,
Captain Dick's own Infantry!
JEANETTE MACDONALD: I loved Captain Dick!
POPIK: Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!
This surely is an anachronism. The earliest "Canuck" we have is 1835,
not 1780. This completely destroys the rigorous standards I have for turn-of-
the-century light operettas.
The MLA moves from Toronto to San Francisco next year. As everyone
knows, Jeanette MacDonald's followup to NAUGHTY MARIETTA was SAN FRANCISCO--
JEANETTE MACDONALD: I refuse to talk about this. I'm dead!
POPIK: The way you looked so good and were still able to sing "San Francisco"
after that volcano was just incredible.
JEANETTE MACDONALD: I'm not coming to the 1998 San Francisco MLA! It was a
Hollywood set! It was an EARTHQUAKE! And I'm still dead!!