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Paint Your Wagon

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The 5th Avenue Theatre Downtown
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 25 2016 All Ages

$36-$141

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In the old Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe version of Paint Your Wagon, a bunch of white guys head west, start up a boomtown once they discover gold in a grave they dug for one of their own, and force a stereotypically drawn Mexican character named Julio Valveras to live outside the town. In this new version, the 5th Avenue Theatre commissioned Jon Marans to write a completely new book. Working closely with director David Armstrong and the rest of the creative team, Marans wrote a version that contains exactly zero of the same phrases from Lerner's book but retains all of the rollicking and lonesome western-inspired tunes, including classics like "They Call the Wind Maria" and "Wand'rin' Star." Now the story focuses on racial, gender, and economic tensions that develop between the characters on their hunt for goooooooooooold. It's a valiant effort, one that projects a dream that seems so far away, especially in an election season when yuge numbers of Americans support an openly racist, gold-obsessed, barking jar of ass-meat. RICH SMITH

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The 5th Avenue Theatre

1308 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
206-625-1900
https://www.5thavenue.org

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