Paint Your Wagon


PAINT YOUR WAGON takes us to Northern California during the heady days of the Gold Rush, where too many men compete for the affections of too few women.

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals

*Music samples courtesy of Sepia Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • PAINT YOUR WAGON brings us the story of the wandering gold miner in the Old West. Ben Rumson discovers gold, and soon finds a community growing up that bears his name. After much hesitation Ben is finally convinced to send the only woman in Rumson, his daughter Jennifer, east to school. He takes this step too late, though, as Jennifer has already fallen in love with a Mexican miner, Julio.
    Jacob Woodling, a Mormon, arrives in town with his two wives. He is prompted to auction his wife Elizabeth to the highest bidder, who is Ben. Some time later Jennifer runs away from school and goes home to find Rumson a poor, busted town. Even Julio has left to look for a lake of gold. Jennifer and Julio are finally reunited. Ben begins to dream, preparing to once again roam after his wand’rin’ star.
    The book and lyrics are fresh, imaginative and entertaining in their brightness. The music helps portray the dreaming, hoping, weary, gold bummer who is not certain where he is heading, but who is always ready to paint his wagon and go. Hit songs include I Still See Elisa, I Talk To The Trees, Wand’rin’ Star, Take The Wheels Off The Wagon, They Call The Wind Maria, Another Autumn and Hand Me Down That Can 0′ Beans.

  • A Musical Play
    Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
    Music by Frederick Loewe
    Original Dances Created by Agnes De Mille

  • Full Orchestration:

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola (One Player Doubling Mandolin)
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Reed I: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed II: Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 Reed III: Oboe, Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed IV: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 Reed V: Bassoon, Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone

    1 Horn I & II
    1 Horn III
    1 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II

    1 Guitar/Banjo (includes Stage Guitar)
    1 Percussion:

    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Tom Tom
    Wood Block
    Slap Stick
    Pop Gun
    Coach Bell
    Timpani (2 Pedal Drums)
    Temple Blocks

    1 Piano-Celeste (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
    1       Prompt Book
    28     Dialogue Parts
    33     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • PAINT YOUR WAGON played for 289 performances on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre starring James Barton, Tony Bavaar and Olga San Juan.

    AWARDS (1951-52)

    Theatre World Award for outstanding stage performance by Tony Bavaar.

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