Review: Annie Get Your Gun

Review: Annie Get Your Gun
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The cast of Annie Get Your Gun. Credit: WBT

We had the pleasure of attending Annie Get Your Gun last week at the Westchester Dinner Theatre.  I have been taking my daughter to the shows I think she will love and this one is her favorite yet.  We started with a great dinner (where she took my Prime Rib, fancy 6 year old.  Our seats were in the front left, next to where the STARS enter and exit the stage at times, she LOVED that.  They do not interact but seeing them next to her, she was thrilled.  Mid-show during one of Annie’s shooting trials, it was done behind us.  There was lots of high energy among the actors and the audience watching.   “There’s no business like show business” we were bopping in our seats to that song.  This show is great exposure to the theatre for kids, and a great show to see without.  Running now until the end of January with a small break for The Christmas Voyager. Don’t wait to see it!

Adam Kemmerer as Frank Butler & Devon Perry as Annie Oakley. Credit: WBT

Westchester Broadway Theatre
Presents
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
Music & lyrics by Irving Berlin

Book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields

Directed and Choreographed by Richard Stafford
Musical Direction by Shane Parus
September 14 – November 26, 2017 and
December 28, 2017 – January 28, 2018

 

Annie Get Your Gun, the musical, is a fictionalized version of the life of  Annie Oakley. Annie’s (Devon Perry) ability as a sharpshooter wins her a job in Buffalo Bill’s (Gary Lynch) Wild West show. Her brilliant shooting offends the masculinity of the show’s star marksman, handsome baritone Frank Butler (Adam Kemmerer), and makes a romance between the pair impossible. A happy ending only arrives when wise old Sitting Bull (Marshall Factora) gently demonstrates to the naive Oakley that she can easily win the insecure Butler by intentionally losing a shooting competition. The rousing, sure-fire finale hit’s the mark every time. With songs such as “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “The Girl That I Marry” and “Anything You Can Do” this wonderful Irving Berlin score will score a hit for all of us!

Written by Herbert & Dorothy Fields, the show premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in 1946 and ran for 1,147 performances. Directed by Joshua Logan, the show starred Ethel Merman as Annie, Ray Middleton as Frank Butler, The musical toured the U.S. in 1947 with Mary Martin as Annie.


Devon Perry
stars as Annie Oakley. She has appeared at WBT in Godspell, as Dolly in It Happened One Christmas Eve and as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.   Making his WBT debut, Adam Kemmerer stars as Frank Butler. Kilty Reidy returns for his 9th show, as Charlie Davenport.  Sarah Cline who played Linda Baker in our Christmas Inn,stars as Dolly. Gary Lynch will return to WBT as Buffalo Bill, you may remember him as the dentist in Little Shop Of Horrors and as Joe/Josephine in Sugar. Kevin C. Loomis from Broadway’s Spiderman Turn Off The Dark and Inherit The Wind, will appear as Pawnee Bill. Marshall Factora, an Annie Get Your Gun veteran, will make his WBT debutas Sitting Bull.

Featuring: Joseph Cullinane, Michael Dauer, James Spencer Dean, Shanna Heverly, Lucy Horton, Ryan Kleinman, Kevin Loreque, Sophie Lee Morris, Lizzy Palmer, Joey Rodriguez and Brittany Williams.

Directed & Choreographed by Richard Stafford who has directed many shows at WBT including the recent hit,Saturday Night Fever.; The Musical Director is Shane Parus; Associate Director/Choreographer is Krystin Pope.

Costume design by Kara Branch, Costume coordinator is Heather Carey, Set design by Steve Loftus, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design is by Mark Zuckerman, Wig & hair design by Gerard Kelly. The Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, ASM is Duane McDevitt and properties are by Grumpy Props. Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.

Devon Perry (Annie Oakley) is thrilled to be back for her fourth show at WBT!  Previously she appeared in Godspell, It Happened One Christmas Eve, and as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.  Devon has also performed regionally – most recently at Theatre by the Sea.  Additionally, she works in NYC as a professional musician and teacher with organizations such as AMDA and MaxTheatrix.  Interlochen alumna, University of Michigan graduate.  Thanks to the real Annie Oakley, for inspiring the fearless girl in me, many ladies of my generation, and the generations yet to come.

Richard Stafford (Director/Choreographer) Returning to WBT, having directed and choreographed Saturday Night Fever, Show Boat, Mary Poppins, The Wizard Of Oz, Guys & Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, Can-Can, George M!, Hairspray, Singin’ In The Rain, A Wonderful Life, Beauty And The Beast, Gypsy, The Full Monty and Cats in past seasons. On Broadway, Mr. Stafford was the choreographer for In My Life (Music Box Theatre), the associate choreographer for Aspects Of Love(Broadhurst Theatre), and dance supervisor for Cats (Winter Garden Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include choreography for A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (St. Clements). Internationally he was director/choreographer for The Full Monty, Joseph…Dreamcoat (Mexico City), choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar (Mexico City), Evita (Sydney), Cats (Mexico City, Buenos Aires) and director/choreographer for Cats (Copenhagen, Sao Paulo,Rio). National Tours include Cats(director/ choreographer), My Fair Lady (choreographer), Joseph…Dreamcoat (choreographer) and numerous Regional Theatre Productions.

 

Reservations:  Call (914) 592-2222. Also at: www.BroadwayTheatre.com

Group Reservations:  Discounts for Groups of 20 or More: Call (914) 592-2225.

Luxury Boxes:  Call (914) 592-8730. For private parties of 6 to 22. Enjoy dining and theatre in an elegant private box. Additional features include an expanded dinner menu, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, private powder room, and Luxury Box reserved parking.

Show Times: Wednesday & Thursday & some Friday Matinees: Lunch: 11:30 am & Show 1 pm.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings: Dinner: 6:30 pm & Show: 8 pm.

Sunday Matinees: Lunch: 12 pm & Show: 1:30 pm

Sunday Evenings: Dinner: 5:30 pm & Show: 7 pm.

Ticket Prices: Dinner & Show range between $56.00 and $84.00 PLUS TAX depending on the performances chosen. Beverage Service & Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances. Also check the website for on-going Special Offers! More news at: www.BroadwayTheatre.com

WBT Mainstage:
Annie Get Your Gun – September 14 – November 26, 2017 & December 28, 2017 – January 28, 2018

The Christmas Voyager – November 30 – December 23, 2017

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