Smash Broadway Musical Annie Get Your Gun at Plummer Auditorium
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Fringe favorite and NYC theater legend Edgar Oliver takes the stage as part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Off Center Festival. A regular on NPR's The Moth Radio Hour and Discovery Channel's The Oddities, Oliver's Helen & Edgar features absorbing stories from his childhood when he grew up in a decaying mansion. Raised in Savannah, Georgia by his artist mother, Oliver is a playwright, poet and mesmerizing performer. He'll use his remarkable storytelling ability to recount these real-life Southern Gothic tales about his family. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- Annie Get Your Gun was the greatest box-office triumph of Irving Berlin's rich Broadway career.
- Listen to song clips of Annie.
This grand old lady received a facelift and makeover in a Broadway revival in 1999. She's strutin' her stuff and lookin' better than ever and maintains There's No Business Like Show Business!
Rave reviews on Broadway said "Glorious!", "Irresistible!" and "Splendiferous!" Annie's rise from rural ragamuffin to world-famous sharpshooter pitted against handsome Frank Butler, star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show is detailed in songs which include I Got Lost In His Arms, The Girl That I Marry, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, They Say It's Wonderful and Anything You Can Do.
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields
Book Revision by Peter Stone
Stars Christa Jackson, who has been touring the country with Sally Struthers in Always Patsy Cline.
About The Show:
The heroine is a rough and tumble backwoods girl who is the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and handy with a rifle. We first meet up with her at Wilson House, a summer hotel on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. She betrays that she is an uncultivated female who only knows to do that which comes naturally to her ("Doin' What Comes Natur'lly"). She soon meets up with Frank Butler of Pawnee Bill's Show. He is a big, sentimental fellow who is attracted only to sweet and demure girls ("The Girl That I Marry"). Annie finds Frank appealing, but she lacks the gift of getting men to become interested in her ("You Can't Get a Man With a Gun"). But they have one thing in common, show business, and with Buffalo Bill they proceed to sing its praises ("There's No Business Like Show Business").
Six weeks have passed. The scene shifts to a Pullman car of an Overland train speeding to Minneapolis. By now Frank and Annie have begun to manifest an interest in this thing called love ("They Say It's Wonderful"). At the Arena Frank confesses that he has begun to succomb to Annie's vigorous charms ("My Defenses Are Down").
A Wild West Show then takes place within the Arena. The programme includes a Drum Dance, a Ceremonial Chant and Annie appearing as an Indian squaw ("I'm an Indian, Too").
The romance of Annie and Frank, however, encounters difficulties by virtue of the fact that they are rivals, each being a member of a different Wild West company. Annie bemoans the fact that she has been weak enough to fall for Frank ("I Got Lost in His Arms"), and tries finding consolation in the fact that she has a good many things to be happy over, even if love is denied her ("I Got the Sun in the Morning"). But their problems find a near resolution when the two Wild West Shows merge into a single outfit, and Frank and Annie become members of the same company. There is still a good deal of competition between them ("Anything You Can Do"), but the competition is now good-natured.