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Annie Get Your Gun at Light Opera Works
Annie Get Your Gun at Light Opera Works
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Annie Get Your Gun

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Yessiree, folks. Step right up and see America's greatest sharpshooter in the original 1946 Broadway version of "Annie Get Your Gun," now at Light Opera Works. The timeless music of Irving Berlin comes to life in this stellar production. With a full 28-piece orchestra conducted by Roger Bingaman, you'll be singing as you leave the theatre, humming such classics as "There's No Business Like Show Business," Anything You Can Do," and "Doin' What Comes Naturally."

Annie Get Your Gun tells the story of about Wild West star gunslinger Annie Oakley who finally learns "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun." Colette Todd, who also appeared in the company's production of "Man of La Mancha" as Aldonza and Nancy in "Oliver," is fabulous as Annie. Her over-the-top, powerful voice just takes the house down. James Rank as handsome Frank Butler has a gorgeous voice and charm to match. Jim Heatherly as Charlie Davenport is funny and boy, he can sing. But it's numbers like Tribal Dance and Show Business that really take your breath away, thanks to the prowess of ensemble member John Cardone.

Stage Director/Choreographer and Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller, who last appeared as the Emcee in the company's production of Cabaret, brings the show to life for classic musical lovers as well as a new generation of theatre-goers. Suitable for kids 8 and older.

"Annie Get Your Gun" will be performing at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston through December 31. For tickets, call 847.920.5360 or www.lightoperaworks.com.