Senior Musical Theater major Mikko Juan stars as Guang-Li in a revisal production of Lerner and Lowe's Paint Your Wagon at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
In an article in the International Examiner, Juan explains, “I think what makes Guang-Li’s character stand out is his willingness to fit in despite the hatred that comes from the others in the mining community...He still finds it in his heart to be sociable and to interact with everybody in the community.” The role of Guang-Li represents several firsts for Juan, including his first show with 5th Avenue and his professional debut. For Juan, “Seeing all of these people that I’ve admired and looked up to—working with them is kind of a dream come true.” Read more.
Paint Your Wagon tells the inspiring story of the rise and fall of a remote mining town during the height of the California Gold Rush. Journey with intrepid men and women from around the world as they take an incredible leap of faith and cross continents and oceans in search of the American Dream—only to find themselves swept up in a clash of cultures, passion, greed and romance. The 5th is famous for inventing new musicals—this time they are reinventing a classic.
A sweeping saga of the mythic West and the pursuit of the American Dream, Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon is filled with some of the greatest songs ever written for the musical stage—“They Call the Wind Maria,” “I’m On My Way,” “I Talk to the Trees,” and “I Was Born Under a Wand’rin Star.” The 5th Avenue Theatre commissioned celebrated writer Jon Marans to create a new book for the show, and Seattle audiences will be the first in the world to see this new incarnation of a classic musical adventure under the direction of 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong.
The show runs approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes with one 20-minute intermission. For tickets, visit https://www.5thavenue.org/show/paint-your-wagon.