The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Nov. 26, 1951

Paint Your Wagon (book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; music by Frederick Loewe; produced by Cheryl Crawford) is the wrong advice. It should be: Grease your wagon wheels. This musical of Gold Rush days has plenty of color, plus agreeable music and lively dancing. But with all these assists, it breaks loose only occasionally from a lumbering stagecoach of a book.

The trouble lies partly in the overall design of Paint Your Wagon, in its concern with the swarming life—the rise, feminization and decline—of an entire mining town. Though fine for choral or choreographic doings, the crowded cast is cumbrous and...

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