Paint Your Wagon
Fortunes rise and fall during the California Gold Rush in Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical about love and ambition.
Show Essentials
9
Roles
+ Ensemble
PG
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

In the midst of the California Gold Rush, a widowed miner, Ben Rumson, and his 16-year-old daughter, Jennifer, discover gold dust. Ben lays claim to the land and soon scores of fortune-seeking prospectors arrive to Rumson ("I'm On My Way"). Soon the entire male population, except Jennifer, reaches 400 and the prospectors plan to send for Cherry and her Fandango Girls ("Rumson").

Jennifer wonders "What's Going On Here?" when a handsome Mexican miner, Julio, arrives from just outside of town and the two connect ("I Talk To Trees"). The prospectors pontificate their wandering lifestyle ("They Call The Wind Maria"). 

Ben wishes his wife were alive during these tumultous times ("I Still See Elisa") as the all-male population pressures Ben to send Jennifer away. Ben decides to send her east when he discovers her love for Julio ("How Can I Wait?"). A Mormon newcomer, Jacob Woodling, arrives and the prospectors immediately pressure him into bidding one of his two wives, Sarah and Elizabeth ("Trio"). Surprisingly, Ben finds himself attracted to Elizabeth ("In Between"), and bids the highest ("Whoop-Ti-Yay"). A devastated Jennifer is appalled by her father and runs away, promising to reunite with Julio in a year ("Carino Mio"). Cherry and her Fandango Girls arrive to Rumson ("There's A Coach A Comin' In"). Julio discovers his mining is running dry, and must move on from Rumson. 

Act Two

A year passes, and now that the Fandango Girls have arrived, the prospectors of Rumson celebrate ("Hand Me Down That Can o' Beans"). Ben is unaware of other miners interest in Elizabeth, and Julio considers investigating a lake rumoured to have gold dust at the bottom ("Another Autumn"). A freshly educated Jennifer returns to Rumson ("All For Him"). Ben explains to Jennifer his desire to move on from Rumson ("Wandrin' Star"). Jennifer learns from the departing Fandango girls of Julio's plan to search for new gold and Elizabeth runs off with another miner, leaving Ben alone. 

News of a new strike reaches Rumson and the prospectors pack up and leave. All that remain are Jennifer, waiting for Julio, and Ben, who understands that Rumson is indeed the place for him. Months pass, and a haggard Julio returns to Rumson, surprised to find Jennifer still there. An ailing Ben welcomes him and he and Jennifer are reunited. 

 

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Flexible Cast Size
Cast Type: Ethnic Roles
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Ben Rumson

A likeable old miner and founder of the newly gold-struck town of Rumson, a place soon over populated with hopeful prospectors. He misses his departed wife, Elisa, and has a 16 year old daughter, Jennifer. 

Gender: male
Age: 45 to 65
Jennifer Rumson

Ben's spitfire 16 year old daughter. As the only female inhabitant during the origin of Rumson, she is sent to school back east. Before leaving, she falls in love with a handsome young miner, Julio Valveras. Determined, she promises to reunite with Julio after school. 

Gender: female
Age: 16 to 18
Julio Valveras

A handsome, young miner of Mexican descent. Follows the gold and and falls in love with Jennifer. 

Gender: male
Age: 18 to 25
Steve Bullnack

A miner in Rumson. 

Gender: male
Age: 25 to 45
Jake Whippany

A banjo-playing miner in his thirties. Runs a popular music hall in Rumson. 

Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Elizabeth Woodling

A beautiful Mormon wife of Jacob Woodling and newly arrived to Rumson. 

Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Sarah Woodling

A second wife of Jacob Woodling, pompous and patronizing. 

Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Jacob Woodling

A Mormon man in his thirties with two wives when he arrives to Rumson. 

Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Cherry Jourdel

The French accented leader of Cherry and her Fandango girls. In her twenties with a mature air nabout her.

Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Ensemble Men

Miners and prospectors. A wide variety of men. 

Gender: male
Ensemble Women

The eventual women that inhabit Rumson, primarily Cherry's Fandango Girls.

Gender: female
Full Song List
Paint Your Wagon : I'm On My Way
Paint Your Wagon : Rumson
Paint Your Wagon : What's Goin' On Here?
Paint Your Wagon : I Talk To The Trees
Paint Your Wagon : They Call The Wind Maria
Paint Your Wagon : I Still See Elisa
Paint Your Wagon : How Can I Wait?
Paint Your Wagon : I'm On My Way (Reprise)
Paint Your Wagon : Trio
Paint Your Wagon : In Between
Paint Your Wagon : Whoop-Ti-Ay!
Paint Your Wagon : Carino Mio
Paint Your Wagon : There's a Coach Comin' In
Paint Your Wagon : Finaletto
Paint Your Wagon : Hand Me Down That Can O'Beans
Paint Your Wagon : Rope Dance
Paint Your Wagon : Can-Can
Paint Your Wagon : Another Autumn
Paint Your Wagon : Movin'
Paint Your Wagon : I Talk To The Trees (Reprise)
Paint Your Wagon : Strike!
Paint Your Wagon : Wand'rin' Star
Paint Your Wagon : Finale

Show History

Inspiration

Paint Your Wagon is a Lerner and Loewe musical set in the midst of the California Gold Rush in the 1950s featuring am score true to the indigineous music. 

Productions

The musical opened in November of 1951 at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway and ran for 289 performances. 

A london production opened on the West End at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1953 and ran for 477 performances. 

Various re-worked adaptations have been staged in recent years, including: Brentwood Theatre in Los Angeles, the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City and as part of New York City Center's Encores! series in 2015. 

Billing

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
Lerner and Loewe's
(75%)
 
PAINT YOUR WAGON
A Musical Play

(100%)

 
Book and Lyrics by
ALAN JAY LERNER
(75%)
Music by 
FREDERICK LOEWE
(75%)
Original dances created by Agnes DeMille
(50%)
 
Such credits for all purposes shall be in a type size equal to that of any other credits except for those of the producer and star(s) above the title. The credit for the authors shall be in a type size at least 75 percent of the size of the title of the play; and wherever the name of one of the authors appears, the other name(s) shall also appear. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK32
PIANO CONDUCTOR'S SCORE ACT 12
PIANO CONDUCTOR'S SCORE ACT 22

Production Resources

Resource
LOGO PACK DIGITAL
PRODUCTIONPRO
REFERENCE RECORDING
STAGE MANAGER SCRIPT

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASSACOUSTIC BASS
CELLO(2 PLAYER MINIMUM)
GUITARBANJO , GUITAR
HORN
HORN 3
PERCUSSIONBASS DRUM , BELLS , CASTANETS , COACH BELL , CYMBALS , GONG , POP GUN , SLAPSTICK , SNARE DRUM , TAMBOURINE , TEMPLE BLOCKS , TIMPANI , TOM TOM , TRIANGLE , WOOD BLOCK
REED 1ALTO SAXOPHONE , CLARINET , FLUTE , PICCOLO
REED 2ALTO SAXOPHONE , CLARINET
REED 3CLARINET , OBOE , TENOR SAXOPHONE
REED 4BASS CLARINET , CLARINET , TENOR SAXOPHONE
REED 5BARITONE SAXOPHONE , BASSOON , CLARINET
TROMBONE
TROMBONE 2
TRUMPET
TRUMPET 3
VIOLA(2 PLAYER MINIMUM) , 1 DOUBLES MANDOLIN
VIOLIN(4 PLAYER MINIMUM)
VIOLIN 2(2 PLAYER MINIMUM)