2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Revised Version (2004)
A moving narrative of redemption and romance set in the gun-slinging Old West.
From the pen of the librettist of Man of La Mancha, Dale Wasserman, Western Star is a tale of settlers with sorted pasts lured West by its prosperous potential. What they find, however, is worth more than its weight in gold.
The Colorado Territory town, Esperanza (circa 1875) has become the home of multiple individuals with ill-intent. With designs focused primarily on stealing $5,000 set aside by the community to build a church, a group of conmen and thieves set their separate, deceptive plans into action - with the latter being most effective. The plot thickens when one of the pair finds comfort in faith and begins to renounce his past and another finds the objects of her affections belonging to a rather unlikely candidate. A moving narrative of redemption and romance, Western Star is a rare instance of a serious musical Western.
The gun-slinging, old-west tuner is a dream come true for creative minds and technical gurus. It has the potential to dazzle audiences with its grand production elements and will especially delight fans of country & folk music. Audiences will appreciate an engaging time at the theatre, with fleshed out characters and a heartwarming story.
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Originally approached by legendary author/director George Abbott to pen the score for The Pajama Game, Frank Loesser turned it down, but recommended his two protégés Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the job.