Did you know the song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” was written by Irving Berlin for the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun? This musical is considered Irving Berlin’s greatest achievement in theater, with more hit songs from one show than any other Broadway musical.
The Spreckels Theatre Company presents Annie Get Your Gun, the fictionalized story of the real life Annie Oakley who was a famous sharpshooter. She toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in the late 1800’s, becoming the first American female superstar.
The updated version of this musical is full of talent. The two main leads, Denise Elia-Yen as Annie Oakley and Zachary Hasbany as Frank Butler, who is Annie’s sharpshooting rival and love interest, shine with their performances, along with a supporting cast of actors who’s names routinely pop up in the local North Bay theatrical scene such as Tim Setzer, Anthony Guzman, Brittany Law, Dan Monez, and Dwayne Stincelli. Put them all together with dance choreographer Michella Snider (who performs a fun tap dance number with Joseph Favalora) as well as an ensemble cast of other talented actor/singer/dancers and you have another hit show!
Artistic director Gene Abravaya turned over the directing reins this time to Sheri Lee Miller, a well respected North Bay actor and director. This was her first time directing a play at the Spreckles Center and using the huge stage, live orchestra, fun costumes and creative sets, she delivers a top-notch theatrical performance.
Spreckels Theatre Company in Rohnert Park presents Irving Berlin’s
Annie Get Your Gun
Playing only two weeks, February 14-23, 2014.
Adaption by Peter Stone
Directed by Sheri Lee Miller
Music Directions by Janis Wilson
Choreography by Michella Snider
Costume Design by Pamela Enz
Photography by Eric Chazankin