Paint Your Wagon


Writers: Alan Jay Lerner Frederick Loewe


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Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, early teen, late teen, young adult characters


After years of searching for gold out West, Ben Rumson and his young daughter, Jennifer, strike it rich. At the burial service of another miner, Jennifer discovers a gold nugget and Rumson Town is born. The strike encourages other miners to move to Rumson Town and a boomtown is formed. Meanwhile, Jennifer falls in love with a Mexican prospector, Julio Valveras. Accustomed to the complete lack of female presence in town, the men feel uncomfortable with Jennifer's presence, so Ben sends her back East to school. When, a while later, she returns back to the town unexpectedly, she discovers that Rumson Town has become a ghost town and Julio is gone. With determination and bravery, Jennifer seeks out Julio and is finally reunited with the man she loves. Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon is a story of determination and dreams, featuring songs including "I Talk to the Trees", "Wandering' Star" and the run-away hit, "They Call The Wind Maria".

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