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5th exports new musicals around the country

The 5th Avenue Theatre managed to present a classic and create a new musical with its production of “Paint Your Wagon” that closes June 25. Since 2001, the 5th has sent nine works first presented on their stage to Broadway: “Disney’s Aladdin,” “First Date,” “A Christmas Story,” “Scandalous,” “Shrek,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Wedding Singer” and Tony Award-winners “Hairspray” and “Memphis.” Many of the works developed on their stage also have become staples of the larger regional theaters.

Executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong is not just a fan of creating new musicals. He’s equally fond of the “Golden Age” powerhouses created by Rogers and Hammerstein or Lerner and Loewe. New productions of these classics, often with non-traditional casting, are a regular part of the 5th’s season.

In Lerner and Loewe's “Paint Your Wagon,” a sweeping, stirring score about the California Gold Rush married a plot that proved problematic for today's producers…