Sharon Lawrence Stars in New Version of Lerner and Loewe Musical Paint Your Wagon, Nov. 23

News   Sharon Lawrence Stars in New Version of Lerner and Loewe Musical Paint Your Wagon, Nov. 23 "NYPD Blue" actress Sharon Lawrence stars in the Geffen Playhouse staging of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Paint Your Wagon in a new adaptation by David Rambo, starting Nov. 23.

The revised revival directed by Geffen producing director Gilbert Cates will play at the company's interim home at the Brentwood Theatre through January 9, 2005. The official open is set for Dec. 1.

Lerner and Loewe's classic musical set during the California Gold Rush, Paint Your Wagon, comes to life anew via playwright Rambo (God's Man in Texas). The musical follows the "story of a widowed prospector, his 16-year-old daughter, and the boomtown that is created when they find gold," according to a release.

Lawrence — who has appeared on Broadway in Chicago — is featured in a cast that includes Erika Amato, Robert Alan Clink, Janelle Dote, Joe Garcia, Steven Hack, David Jennings, Rob Kahn, Daniel Lujan, Alex Mendoza, Harry S. Murphy, Tracy Powell, Morgan Rusler, Jessica Rush, Ian Shen, Andy Umberger and Tom Wilson.

The musical, featuring a book and lyrics by Lerner with music by Loewe, debuted on Broadway in 1951 with James Barton, Olga San Juan and James Mitchell. The work was later adapted for film in 1969 by Paddy Chayefsky starring Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg and Clint Eastwood. Lerner and Loewe also went on to create the musicals Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi and Camelot.

The score features songs such as "I'm On My Way," "I Still See Elisa," "They Call The Wind Maria," "There's A Coach Comin' In," "Whoop-Ti-Ay!," "I Talk to the Trees" and "Wand'rin' Star." Paint Your Wagon will feature choreography by Kay Cole. Musical director Steve Orich provides arrangements and orchestrations. The design team for features Daniel Ionazzi (scenic and lighting), David Kay Mickeleson (costume) and Phil Allen (sound). Grayson Merritt serves as production stage manager.

Tickets to Paint Your Wagon, at the Brentwood Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, (on the campus of the Veterans Administration) in Brentwood, CA, are available by calling (310) 208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.

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