Month: May 2016

Meet the Pioneers: Silas, Timberline and Merchant Reed

Three more pioneers pursue the American Dream: Silas (Paul Flanagan), Timberline (Trina Mills) and Merchant Reed (Aaron Shanks). Silas is an immigrant from London who has come to find his fortune. Timberline arrives with the other girls with an iron will and a drive to make money. Merchant Reed is a hard working man who

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Meet the Pioneers: Nathaniel, Lotta and Vlad

Three more No Name City citizens join the ranks: Nathaniel (Ethan Carpenter), Lotta (Sarah Rose Davis) and Vlad (Eric Esteb). Nathaniel travels from Cleveland to find a new home (and hopefully gold) in California. Lotta arrives with several other ladies, all of whom are entertainers for Jake’s Palace of Pleasure on Main Street. Vlad is

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Meet the Pioneers: Deza, Angus and Chee Weng

Three more hope to strike it rich in California: Deza (Kyle Bernbach), Angus (Jared Michael Brown) and Chee Weng (Ulyber Mangune). Deza hails from Peru who was already a miner in Chile, and arrives carrying lots of knowledge of how to be effective at mining. Angus has traveled across the country from the mid-West in

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The Life of A ‘Revisal’: An Interview With the Paint Your Wagon Creative Team

Over the course of several years, Director David Armstrong, Writer Jon Marans, Music Supervisor and Vocal Arranger Ian Eisendrath and Choreographer Josh Rhodes worked together to develop and re-write a new version of the Lerner and Loewe musical, Paint Your Wagon. I sat down with them recently to talk about the process of recreating a classic.

What Is A ‘Revisal’?

Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon is being revived-brought back to life-on our stage, but it is also going through an extensive revision. When we combine a revival and revision, we get a revisal! This is not the first musical from the past to receive this kind of renovation. The current Broadway smash Shuffle Along

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Meet the Pioneers: Jameson, Mary and Craig

Three more pioneers journey west: Jameson Woodling (Allen Fitzpatrick), Mary (Taryn Darr) and Craig (Eli Lotz). Jameson Woodling is the husband of Cayla, until she frees herself from him. (Allen is pulling double duty, also portraying Craig’s Dad.) Mary is one of the ladies who comes to town after the miners have set up camp. (Taryn is

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Meet the Pioneers: William, H. Ford and Guang-Li

There is no shortage of adventurers in this show, and here are three more of them: H. Ford (Rodney Hicks), Guang-Li (Mikko Juan) and William (Eric Ankrim). H. Ford is a free black man from New York City who heads west to make his fortune, as so many others did. H. Ford focuses more on the entrepreneurial side than

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Meet the Pioneers: Jake Rutland, Wesley and Ming-Li

Joining our previously announced cast members are three more intrepid pioneers: Jake Rutland (Louis Hobson), Wesley (Kyle Robert Carter) and Ming-Li (Steven Eng). Jake leaves his home to try and get some independence from his older brother. Jake becomes a proprietor around town, choosing to focus on business (and fleecing the miners) rather than gold

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Meet the Pioneers: Armando and Jennifer

Joining Robert Cuccioli and Kendra Kassebaum are our younger couple-in-love: Armando (Justin Gregory Lopez) and Jennifer (Kirsten deLohr Helland). Armando is an arriero–which is kind of a pioneer-style mailman–who is begrudgingly befriended by the surly Ben Rumson (Cuccioli). Armando is down on his luck having recently lost his mule when Rumson stumbles upon him and

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