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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ on stage in Stockton

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POSTED June 27, 2009 3:03 a.m.
STOCKTON - Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” is being staged at Stockton Civic Theatre through July 19.

With a story taken from the book by Herbert Fields and his sister Dorothy Fields, Annie Get Your Gun is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), who was a sharpshooter from Ohio, and her husband, Frank Butler.

The 1946 Broadway premiere was a tremendous hit, and the musical had long runs in both New York (1,147 performances) and London, spawning revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions. Songs that became hits include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

Annie Get Your Gun scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1990, 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 Better” love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.

The role of Frank Butler will be played by Stockton Civic Theatre newcomer Collin Cooney, with Rick Brewer as Buffalo Bill Cody, Tom Kelly as Pawnee Bill, and Dennis Sorenson as Chief Sitting Bull. Other SCT actors include Andrea Daste, James Reed, Tarne Moyse, Shawn Carrington, John Hopkinds, Brandon Masterson, Sara Gabriela Sanchez, Lauren Elizabeth Perez, Joseph Toon, Weslie Foreman, Horst Bauer, Melissa Esau, and Jennifer Hstings.

Performances continue through July 19 on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for seniors, $15 for students, and $12 for children 12 and under. Annie Get Your Gun is rated “G” for all audiences. The theatre is located at 2312 Rose Marie Lane, Stockton. For tickets contact Stockton Civic Theatre’s Box Office Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. at 473-2424. Tickets will also be available online at sctlivetheatre.org.

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