Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe

Lyrics & Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Paint Your Wagon deals with the California Gold Rush of 1853. It tells the story of a grizzled prospector named Ben Rumson whose daughter discovers gold near their camp. Word of the strike quickly spreads, and before Ben knows what hit him, there are nearly 4000 inhabitants of the new town of Rumson. But the luck doesn't last--and neither does the gold. The town is deserted as quickly as it filled up, and Ben is left with nothing but his hopes and dreams.

James Barton returned to the musical stage for the first time in twenty years to play Ben in the original production which opened at the Shubert Theatre on November 12, 1951 and ran for 289 performances. During this run, Barton was succeeded by Burl Ives and Eddie Dowling. The 1969 film featured Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin and Jean Seberg.

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