Annie Get Your Gun preview at Downtown Days

June 7, 2013 

The cast of “Annie Get Your Gun” will perform selected songs from the musical at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Downtown Days on the Depot Stage. Summit Theatre Group will perform “Annie Get Your Gun” 7:30 p.m. on July 18 and 19 and 2:30 p.m. July 21 at Lee’s Summit West High School. Synopsis: 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. As Newsday reported, Stone’s revisions “are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.” 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. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank’s bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly’s horror) part Native American. “The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,” reported Time Magazine, “without losing all the fun.” 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.”

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