Annie Get Your Gun
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields; Adapted by Peter Stone
Directed by Craig Heuer
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.
Originally produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN starring Ethel Merman opened at the Imperal Theatre in New York City on May 16, 1946, and ran for 1,147 performances. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.
Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. "Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater," wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN "will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs." * 2 1999 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL * 2 1999 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
Produced by Verona Area Community Theater at Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Verona
Performances: June 22 - 30, 2007
Performance Times: 7:30 PM, ex. June 24 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $12 Adult / $8 Student/Senior
Call 608-845-2383 or www.vact.org for reservations or more information.