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Encyclopedia > Annie Get Your Gun (musical)
Annie Get Your Gun
Broadway 1946 Original Cast Album
Music Irving Berlin
Lyrics Irving Berlin
Book Herbert Fields
Dorothy Fields
Productions 1946 Broadway
1947 West End
1947 U.S. Tour
1947 Australia
1966 Broadway revival
1999 Broadway revival
2000 U.S. Tour
Awards Tony Award for Best Revival

Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music written by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert Fields and his sister Dorothy Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), who was a sharpshooter from Ohio, and her husband, Frank Butler.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. ... Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dorothy Fields was immortalised on a USPS postage stamp. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The Tony Award for Best Revival (Musical) has been awarded since 1994. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dorothy Fields was immortalised on a USPS postage stamp. ... Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926) b. ... Husband of Annie Oakley. ...


Berlin had taken on the job after the original choice, Jerome Kern, collapsed and died suddenly. It is said that the showstopper song, "There's No Business Like Show Business", was almost left out of the show altogether because Berlin, wrongly, got the impression that the producers, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, did not like it. The original 1946 production was a hit and had long runs in both New York and London, spawning many revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions. Other songs that became hits include "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun," "They Say It's Wonderful," "Anything You Can Do." Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of popular music. ... Perhaps one of the most famous, and recognizable, show-tunes ever is Theres No Business Like Show Business. This Irving Berlin marvel was written for Annie Get Your Gun and has two reprises within the show. ... This article is about the American composer. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ... Annie Get Your Gun is a 1950 American musical film loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. ...

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Plot summary

When a traveling Wild West show visits her town, Annie Oakley enters a shooting contest, wins, and is asked to join the show. She has fallen in love with the star of the show, Frank Butler, and agrees to join, although she has no idea what "show business" is--she is informed with the classic song, "There's No Business Like Show Business". Over the course of the musical, Frank, although insisting that the girl he wants will "wear satin..and smell of cologne" ("The Girl That I Marry"), becomes enamoured of the tomboyish Annie. Unfortunately, his ego is bruised and he becomes jealous when Annie becomes a star, and he walks out on her. Great Basin region, typical American West The Western United States has played a significant role in history and fiction. ...


After various complications, which keep Annie and Frank apart, they come together again, only to have one last shooting duel in the finale -- "Anything You Can Do". Annie deliberately loses to Frank to soothe his ego, and they go off together. (In the 1999 revival, the match ends in a tie.)


Characters

  • Annie Oakley -- a sharpshooter in the Wild West show
  • Frank Butler -- the Wild West show's star
  • Foster Wilson -- hotel owner
  • Chief Sitting Bull -- Sioux warrior; Annie's protector, but used by Pawnee Bill's competing show
  • Tommy Keeler -- knife-thrower in the Wild West show; Winnie's boyfriend; part Native American
  • Charlie Davenport -- manager of the Wild West show
  • Winnie Tate -- Dolly's sister; Tommy's girlfriend and his assistant in the knife-throwing act
  • Col. Wm. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) -- owner of the Wild West show
  • Dolly Tate -- Frank's assistant; Winnie's sister
  • Pawnee Bill -- owner of a competing western show
  • Nellie -- Annie's sister*
  • Jessie -- Annie's sister*
  • Little Jake -- Annie's brother*
  • Minnie -- Annie's sister (written out of the 1999 revival)
*In the 1999 revival, Annie had three siblings rather than four

Musical numbers (1946)

Act I
Act II
  • "I Got Lost In His Arms" -- Annie (omitted from the 1950 film version)
  • "Who Do You Love, I Hope" -- Winnie Tate and Tommy Keeler
  • "I Got the Sun in the Morning" -- Annie and ensemble
  • "They Say It's Wonderful" (Reprise) -- Annie Oakley and Frank Butler
  • "The Girl That I Marry" (Reprise) -- Frank Butler
  • "Anything You Can Do" -- Annie and Frank

Notes: Doin What Comes Naturlly is a popular song. ... The Girl That I Marry is a popular song. ... You Cant Get a Man with a Gun is a popular song. ... Perhaps one of the most famous, and recognizable, show-tunes ever is Theres No Business Like Show Business. This Irving Berlin marvel was written for Annie Get Your Gun and has two reprises within the show. ... They Say Its Wonderful is a popular song. ... Moonshine Lullaby is a popular song. ... My Defenses Are Down is a popular song. ... Who Do You Love, I Hope? is a popular song. ... Im an Indian Too is a popular song. ... I Got Lost in His Arms is a popular song. ... I Got the Sun in the Mornin (and the Moon at Night) is a song from the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun, written by Irving Berlin and originally performed by Ethel Merman. ... Anything You Can Do is a song written by Irving Berlin used in the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun and is an anthem for feminism. ...

  • "An Old-Fashioned Wedding" was written by Berlin for the 1966 revival, sung by Annie and Frank, and was also included in the 1999 revival
  • "Let's Go West Again" was written by Berlin for the 1950 film but was not used. However, there are recordings by both Betty Hutton and Judy Garland

Betty Hutton (born Elizabeth June Thornburg, February 26, 1921 – March 11, 2007[1]) was an American film actress and singer. ... Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969) was an Academy Award-nominated American film actress and singer, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939). ...

Productions

1946 and 1947 productions

Annie Get Your Gun was first staged on Broadway at the Imperial Theater on May 16, 1946 and ran for 1,147 performances. Directed by Joshua Logan, Ethel Merman starred as Annie Oakley with Ray Middleton in the leading male role as Frank Butler. Foster Wilson was played by Art Barnett, Chief Sitting Bull was Harry Bellaver, Tommy Keeler was Kenneth Bowers, Charlie Davenport was Marty May, and Buffalo Bill Cody was William O'Neal. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The Imperial Theater can also refer to the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo, Japan The Imperial Theater was the Schubert brothers fiftieth theater in New York City. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joshua Logan (1908-1988), a director and writer, was best known for Broadway and Hollywood shows such as Mister Roberts, Picnic, and South Pacific. ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was a Tony Award winning star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice and vocal range. ... Raymond Earl Middleton, Jr. ... Harry Bellaver (February 12, 1905 to August 8, 1993) was a stage, film and television actor who appeared in many roles from the 1930s through the 1980s. ...


The show opened on the West End at the Coliseum on June 7, 1947 and ran for 1,304 performances. Dolores Gray played Annie with Bill Johnson as Butler. West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... The London Coliseum The Coliseum Theatre is one of Londons largest and best equipped theatres, opening in 1904. ... is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dolores Gray (born 7th June 1924, Chicago) was a well-known Broadway star in the 1940s-1950s. ...


The first Australian production opened at His Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, on July 19, 1947. It starred Evie Hayes as Annie with Webb Tilton as Frank Butler. Later Australian productions have featured Gloria Dawn, Nancye Hayes, Toni Lamond, Bunny Gibson and Rhonda Burchmore as Annie. His Majestys in 1930 His Majestys Theatre (nicknamed The Vag) is a theatre in Perth, Western Australia. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rhonda Burchmore (born 19??) is an Australian entertainer. ...


Mary Martin starred as Annie Oakley in a U.S. national tour, which started on October 3, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. Other cities the touring company played were Chicago and Los Angeles. Martin left the tour in mid-1948. (New York Times, October 4, 1947 and April 26, 1948) Mary Virginia Martin (December 1, 1913 – November 3, 1990) born in Weatherford, Texas, was a Tony Award winning American star of (mainly stage) musicals. ...


1963 recording and 1966 revival

There is a 1963 studio recording starring Doris Day and Robert Goulet. Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Annie Get Your Gun was an album, released on February 11, 1963 by Columbia Records, starring Doris Day and Robert Goulet. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924)[1] is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ... Robert Goulet Robert Gerard Goulet (born November 26, 1933 in Lawrence, Massachusetts) is an American entertainer. ...


The 1966 Broadway revival starred Ethel Merman reprising her role as "Annie", with Bruce Yarnell as "Frank Butler" and Jerry Orbach as "Charles Davenport". It opened first at the Music Theater of Lincoln Center. It was transferred to the Broadway Theatre on September 21 and ran for 78 performances. Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... A revival is a restaging of a former hit play at a later date. ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was a Tony Award winning star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice and vocal range. ... Jerome Bernard Orbach (October 20, 1935 – December 28, 2004) was an American actor best known for his starring role as wisecracking Detective Lennie Briscoe in the Law & Order television series and for his musical theater roles. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


This production was telecast in an abbreviated ninety-minute version by NBC on March 19, 1967 and is the only musical revived at Lincoln Center during the 1960s to be telecast. This article is about the television network. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


1999 revival

1999 revival Playbill

With a revised book and new orchestrations, the 1999 revival had a pre-Broadway engagement from December 29, 1998 to January 24, 1999 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Previews began on Broadway on February 2, 1999 at the Marquis Theatre, with an official opening date of March 4, 1999. This revival starred Bernadette Peters as "Annie" and Tom Wopat as "Frank Butler", with direction by Graciela Daniele and choreography by Jeff Calhoun. Peters won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Actress (Musical) and the production won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The cover of the Playbill issue about The Producers. ... is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The Marquis Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ... Bernadette Peters (born February 28, 1948) is an American actress and singer. ... Tom Wopat (left) as Luke Duke with John Schneider as Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat (born September 9, 1951 in Lodi, Wisconsin) is an American actor. ... Graciela Daniele (born December 8, 1939) is a dancer, choreographer, and theatre director. ... Jeff Calhoun (born 1960) is an American choreographer, theatre director, and dancer. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


This production was structured as a "show-within-a-show" and opened with "Frank Butler" alone on stage introducing the main characters and singing "There's No Business Like Show Business", which is reprised when "Annie" agrees to join the traveling Wild West show. The production dropped several songs (including "Colonel Buffalo Bill", "I'm A Bad, Bad Man", and "I'm an Indian Too"), but included "An Old-Fashioned Wedding". There were several major dance numbers added, including one for "I Got the Sun in the Morning". A sub-plot, which had been dropped from the 1966 revival, involving the romance between Winnie, the young sister of Frank Butler's assistant and Tommy, her part-Native-American boyfriend was also included, and Winnie is Dolly's sister rather than her daughter.


While Peters was on vacation, All My Children star Susan Lucci made her Broadway debut as Annie from December 27, 1999 until Jan. 16, 2000; Peters returned on January 18, 2000. Cheryl Ladd took over the lead role on September 6, 2000 from Peters. Country music superstar Reba McEntire made her Broadway debut in the role from January 26, 2001 to June 22, 2001 opposite Brent Barrett as Frank Butler. Crystal Bernard left the national tour on June 23, 2001 to join the Broadway cast with tickets selling at the 70 percent of capacity range through most of the summer. The revival closed on September 1, 2001 after 35 previews and 1,046 regular performances. All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is a Daytime Emmy Award winning actress. ... Cheryl Ladd Cheryl Ladd (born July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota) is an American actress and singer. ... Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is a Grammy award winning American singer and country music performer, and actress. ... Crystal Bernard Crystal Bernard (born September 30, 1961 in Garland, Texas) is an American actress. ...


The U. S. national tour started in Dallas on July 25, 2000 with Marilu Henner as Annie and Rex Smith as Frank.[2] Dallas redirects here. ... Marilu Henner (born April 6, 1952) is an American actress and producer. ... Image:RexSmith. ...


Recent productions

In 2004, Marina Prior and Scott Irwin starred in an Australian production of the 1999 Broadway rewrite of the show. EssGee poster for The Merry Widow Marina Prior (born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) is a famous Australian opera singer. ... Scott Irwin was a professional wrestler and the brother of Bill Irwin. ...


In 2006, the Prince Music Theater, in Philadelphia, PA, revived the 1966 Lincoln Center Theater version, running for one month. This production starred Andrea McArdle (the original Annie of the 1977 Broadway musical Annie), Jeffrey Coon as Frank Butler, John Scherer as Charlie Davenport, Chris Councill as Buffalo Bill, Mary Martello as Dolly Tate and Arthur Ryan as Sitting Bull. The production was well received by both critics and audience. The production was directed by Richard M. Parison, Jr. and choreographed by Mercedes Ellington with music direction by Eric Barnes.[3] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Andrea McArdle is an American singer and actress. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... For other uses, see Annie (disambiguation). ...


Film and television versions

In 1950, Metro Goldwyn Mayer made a well-received movie version of the musical. In 1957, a production starring Mary Martin as Annie and John Raitt as Frank Butler was broadcast on NBC. In 1967, the Lincoln Center production described above, starring Ethel Merman and Bruce Yarnell, was broadcast on NBC. “MGM” redirects here. ... Annie Get Your Gun is a 1950 American musical film loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. ... Mary Virginia Martin (December 1, 1913 – November 3, 1990) born in Weatherford, Texas, was a Tony Award winning American star of (mainly stage) musicals. ... John Emmett Raitt (January 19, 1917, Santa Ana, California, USA - February 20, 2005, Pacific Palisades, California) was a star of the musical theater stage. ... This article is about the television network. ...


Notes

  1. ^ A number of Internet websites claim that the musical is based on Walter Havighurst's book, "Annie Oakley of the Wild West," but that claim is obviously wrong, since the book was written in 1954, eight years after the musical was first produced.
  2. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/54368.html
  3. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/103883.html

Walter Havighurst (born 28 November 1901 - died 1994) writer and professor of English at the Miami University. ... Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926) b. ...

References

  • Annie Get Your Gun plot summary & character descriptions from StageAgent.com
  • The Judy Garland Online Discography "Annie Get Your Gun" pages.
  • information from the R&H Theatricals site

External links

  • Annie Get Your Gun (1957) (TV) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Annie Get Your Gun (1967) (TV) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) information on all three Broadway productions
  • Curtain Up reviews from 2/8/01 and 3/9/99
Awards
Preceded by
Cabaret
Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
1999
Succeeded by
Kiss Me, Kate

 
 

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