Paint Your Wagon Description
Release date: 1951.
Type: Broadway musical.
Paint Your Wagon is a 1951 Broadway musical comedy, with book and lyrics by Alan J. Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, set in a mining camp in Gold Rush-era California.
The musical opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on November 12, 1951, and closed on July 19, 1952 after 289 performances. The production was directed by Daniel Mann, with dances and musical ensembles by Agnes de Mille. It starred James Barton (as Ben Rumson), Olga San Juan, Tony Bavaar, James Mitchell, and Gemze de Lappe. Burl Ives and Eddie Dowling later took over the role of Ben Rumson.
Popular songs from the show included "Wand'rin' Star," "I Talk to the Trees" and "They Call the Wind Maria". De Mille later restaged the dances as a stand-alone ballet, Gold Rush.
A new production is being worked on with the possibility of a Broadway revival, with a revised libretto by David Rambo. The production ran at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City September 28, 2007 through October 13.