(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/19; via Pam Green.)
Men in weathered woolens and suspenders roister vigorously around the stage, hungry for booze, gold and women — not necessarily in that order — in the jovial production of “Paint Your Wagon” being presented as part of the City Center Encores! series. There’s but a single gal in the gold-mining encampment where the show takes place, at least until the end of the first act, when a stagecoach brings a bevy of working (and dancing) girls to town and the boys throw out a lusty cheer.
One of the founding goals of the Encores! series is panning for gold, if you will, in the history of the musical theater. So it’s perhaps surprising that the series has taken so long to bring back “Paint Your Wagon,” the Lerner and Loewe musical set during the California gold rush.