Grandstreet Theatre

Annie Get Your Gun: Press Release



“There’s No Business Like Show Business!”

Grandstreet Theatre finishes off it 2008-09 Season with Irving Berlin’s hit musical, Annie Get Your Gun

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 24 – May 23, 2009, Thursday thru Saturday at 8:00 pm
Two Sunday Matinees: May 3 and 17, at 2:00 pm

WHERE: Grandstreet Theatre is located at 325 N. Park Ave. in downtown Helena

TICKETS: Call Grandstreet’s Box Office for reservations: (406) 447-1574

PRICES: $16 for tickets, $14 for students, seniors and military

Sing in the spring with a bang! Grandstreet Theatre presents ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Irving Berlin’s musical spectacle that celebrates the legendary sure-shot, Annie Oakley. The show features timeless hits like “Anything You Can Do,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” and the song that has become the anthem of all things Theatre: “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is a fictional version of Annie Oakley, America’s greatest sharpshooter, and her romantic, tempestuous relationship with Frank Butler. From her humble beginnings in backwoods Ohio, Annie becomes America’s first female superstar. When she outshoots Frank Butler, the “Cham-peen Shot of the World,” she wins a job with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show – and falls in love at the same time! But can a man’s ego survive being bested by a woman? After Frank quits and tours with a rival show, one final competition will bring the two together again…for better or worse!

Colleen Owens (Urinetown) stars as Annie, with Mason Preiss (Rocky Horror) as Frank. Also featured are Dennis Small as Buffalo Bill, Barb Allen, Chris Vogl, joined by newcomers Chris Korow and Christen Etchart.

Grandstreet Theatre’s presents the revised 1999 version of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Peter Stone adapted the original Herbert and Dorothy Fields script for the Broadway revival starring Bernadette Peters. The new version revises the musical’s dated view of Native Americans and Sitting Bull, also featured in the show. It also reworks the finale with a more modern, accurate ending.

Annie Get Your Gun premiered in 1946, when men were returning to the workforce after World War II, and women were returning to the home. Many people might be familiar with the 1950 film, which created the legend of Annie Oakley throwing a shooting match to save Frank’s ego.

“We’ve come a long way, baby,” says director Stephen Alexander, Grandstreet’s Artistic Director. “The original musical was a product of its time, when women bowed down to appease their husbands.” But the real Oakley and Butler were true show business partners. The Peter Stone version brings a surprising twist to the final shoot out, one that’s more “on target” with Oakley’s true story.

But what audiences will really love is the music, the dancing, the pageantry! Imagine Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, touring the nation and stopping by Helena, on the Grandstreet stage. It blends full-scale spectacle with old-time vaudeville. With a cast of over 30 actors, beautifully painted Wild West banners, and timeless hit songs, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN is a family-friendly show that will delight and excite everyone! But please, leave your guns at home – we’ll call all the shots!

Grandstreet Theatre welcomes the press to follow the opening and run of our Annie Get Your Gun. Please contact Stephen Alexander: 442.4270, or [email protected]