Spreckels Theatre Opens ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Tonight
Female tenacity and ingenuity are personified in this classic Broadway musical about legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" features a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860-1926), recounting her show business career and competitive and romantic relationship with rival Frank Butler, the sharpshooting star of Buffalo Bill's "Wild West Show."
"Annie Get Your Gun," which first opened in 1946, showcases the musicality and ingenuity of Irving Berlin, widely considered America's greatest songwriter - including "There's No Business Like Show Business," which has become the definitive show business anthem.
This revised version of "Annie Get Your Gun" scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, with an updated libretto by Peter Stone and Irving Berlin's amazing score - for which New York Post critic Clive Barnes proclaimed "Annie Get Your Gun" to be - "Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater....it will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs."
This semi-professional Spreckels Theatre Company production features the new Paradyne projection system, developed by Spreckels Performing Arts Center, combining still images and animations to create multiple backdrop effects.
Featuring Denise Elia-Yen as Annie Oakley; Zachary Hasbany as Frank Butler; Tim Setzer as Charlie Davenport; Dwayne Stincelli as Buffalo Bill; Katie Kelley as Dolly; Brittany Law as Winnie; and Anthony Guzman as Tommy.
Directed by Sheri Lee Miller
Artistic Direction by Gene Abravaya
Music Direction by Janis Wilson
Choreography by Michella Snider
Costume Design by Pamela Enz
Set Design by Eddy Hansen and Elizabeth Bazzano
The show runs Feb. 14 to Feb. 23, 2014. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $22 to $26 - $22 Youth; $24 Seniors; $26 General. For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour before showtime. Or go online at: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=36249&schedule=list
The Spreckels Performing Arts Center's Codding Theater is located at 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. For more information, visit www.spreckelsonline.com.
Pictured: Actress Denise Elia-Yen stars as legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Photo by Eric Chazankin.