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Encores! PAINT YOUR WAGON Cast Recording Gets 5/27 Release

Masterworks Broadway will release the New York City Center Encores! cast recording of Lerner & Loewe's Paint Your Wagon starring Keith Carradine, Justin Guarini and Alexandra Socha, on May 27, 2016. Filled with gorgeous standards such as "They Call the Wind Maria," "I Talk to the Trees," and "Wand'rin' Star," Paint Your Wagon is Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's sweepingly ambitious and surprisingly realistic take on freedom, family, and racism in the Gold Rush-happy America of 1853.

The outstanding March 2015 production by Encores! brought the almost-forgotten show back to New York's mainstream stage for the first time since the original Broadway production closed in 1952. And because the original cast album - an early limited capacity monaural LP - had omitted so much of the music, the score was ripe for rediscovery and a brand new recording. Helping to capture the spirit of the original Broadway production were the full handwritten scores used in 1951 by Franz Allers (Loewe's favorite musical director) and discovered accidentally by Rodgers & Hammerstein musicologist Bruce Pomahac at the bottom of a musty Warner Chappell trunk stored, curiously, at the R&H offices in New York.

Album co-producer and Encores! Music Director Rob Berman leads the thirty member cast and thirty-one piece Encores!Orchestra, in the 2015 stereo cast album that celebrates the scope and riches of Lerner & Loewe's exceptional score. Much of the original dance music orchestrated by Trude Rittmann, created in close collaboration with both Loewe and choreographer Agnes de Mille, appears on this recording for the first time. Also recorded for the first time on this album is the bonus track "What Do Other Folks Do?" which was dropped from the original production before the show reached New York and whose historical importance is clear: Lerner and Loewe would later recycle the concept for Camelot's "What Do the Simple Folk Do?"

From the propulsive opening number "I'm On My Way" through ruminative ballads like "I Talk to the Trees" and "Another Autumn" (the show's most underappreciated gem), Loewe deploys all of the skills of a great Broadway composer with brio and confidence, and Lerner's lyrics achieve an easy vernacular language while remaining beautifully crafted. There is a rowdy, rhythmic energy in numbers like "Whoop-Ti-Ay" and "There's a Coach Comin' In" that capture the exuberance of the pioneer spirit, and a gentle folksiness in "I Still See Elisa," that is classic mid-period Broadway.

In California in May 1853, Ben Rumson strikes gold and establishes a community in his own name. The show follows the progress of the town as hundreds of men come to dig for gold. There are two subplots: the first focuses on the romance between Ben's daughter Jennifer and Julio, a miner forced to live outside the town because he is Mexican; and the second involves the arrival of a Mormon (Jacob) and his two wives (Sarah and Elizabeth), one of whom Ben "buys" in order to free from her abusive marriage.

After eighteen months, the gold has run dry and the miners move on. But Jennifer and Julio stay to make a new life, counseled by Rumson who realizes that after violating nature and stealing the earth's riches it's time to settle down and farm the land rather than resume the search for gold. Thus the story depicts the birth, flourishing, death and rebirth of a town over a fixed period of time, an ambitious concept for a Broadway musical.

Masterworks Broadway is the home to a majority of Lerner & Loewe's recorded works including Brigadoon (Original Broadway Cast, 1957 Studio Cast and 1966 Television Cast), Paint Your Wagon (Original Broadway Cast), My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast, Original London Cast, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and 1976 Broadway Cast),Camelot (Original Broadway Cast) and Gigi (Original Broadway Cast), and is proud to add the Encores! Cast Recording of Paint Your Wagon to this illustrious list.


1. Overture

2. I'm on My Way

3. Rumson Town

4. What's Goin' on Here?

5. I Talk to the Trees

6. Lonely Men

7. They Call the Wind Maria

8. I Still See Elisa

9. How Can I Wait?

10. Trio

11. Rumson Town (Reprise)

12. In Between

13. Whoop-Ti-Ay

14. Carino Mio

15. There's a Coach Comin' In

16. Fandangos' Dance

17. Finaletto

18. Entr'acte

19. Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans

20. Can Can

21. Another Autumn

22. Movin'

23. All for Him

24. Wand'rin' Star

25. Rumson Town (Second Reprise)

26. The Strike

27. Wand'rin' Star (Reprise)

28. Finale

29. What Do Other Folks Do? (Bonus Track)

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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