David Hasselhoff, the star of TV's "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider," has been offered the lead role in a revival of Paint Your Wagon.
Hasselhoff, who made his Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde, told Playbill On-Line columnist Michael Buckley, "I have been offered Paint Your Wagon, which is going to be on the road for about six months, and then going to Broadway. I'm still trying to work out the logistics. The [Lerner & Loewe] score is a beauty; I think it's a winner."
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Presumably, Hasselhoff was offered the role of Ben Rumson, the gold prospector in 1850s California whose daughter falls in love with a Mexican miner.
Paint Your Wagon — featuring an original book by Alan Jay Lerner, lyrics by Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe — opened at Broadway's Shubert Theatre on Nov. 12, 1951, playing 289 performances before closing July 19, 1952. The original cast included James Barton, Tony Bavaar, James Mitchell, and Olga San Juan. The Hasselhoff company would mark the first Broadway revival of the musical, which features such tunes as "I Still See Elisa," "Wand'rin' Star," "They Call the Wind Maria" and "I Talk to the Trees." The show spawned a 1969 film version with an altered plot that was harshly dismissed (Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sang in it). It is not yet clear what director or producing team is behind the new staging of Paint Your Wagon. *
In related news: HBO will begin offering Jekyll & Hyde — starring Hasselhoff in the title roles — in December. Previously aired on pay-per-view, the Frank Wildhorn-Leslie Bricusse musical will air Dec. 7 (9 PM/ET) on HBO Signature and Dec. 28 (4:45 PM/ET) on HBO.
— By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones