Annie Get Your Gun

A classic American musical with songs by the incomparable Irving Berlin, Annie Get Your Gun is based on the life and legend of Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley.


Annie Oakley is the best shot in Darke County, Ohio, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered at a shooting contest, Col. Buffalo Bill persuades her to join his Wild West Show (“There’s No Business Like Show Business”). It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction, which, while good for business, is bad for romance (“Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”). Butler hightails it to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. While highly fictionalized, the musical pays affectionate and humorous tribute to the real-life stars of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the love match (as well as the shooting match!) of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.1


All shows performed in the Palmer Center.


Musical Numbers

Act I

"Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" — Annie, Kids, & Wilson
"The Girl That I Marry" — Frank
"You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" — Annie
"There's No Business Like Show Business" — Buffalo Bill, Charlie, Frank, Dolly, Winnie, Tommy, Annie, & Company
"I'll Share It All With You" — Tommy, Winnie, & Company
"Moonshine Lullaby" — Annie, Ensemble Trio, & Kids
"There's No Business Like Show Business" (Reprise) — Annie
"They Say It's Wonderful" — Annie & Frank
"My Defenses Are Down" — Frank & Young Men
"You Can't Get a Man with a Gun (Reprise)" — Annie

Act II

Entr'acte: The European Tour — Company
"I Got Lost In His Arms" — Annie
"Who Do You Love? I Hope--" — Tommy, Winnie, & Company
"I Got the Sun in the Morning" — Annie & Company
"An Old-Fashioned Wedding" — Annie & Frank
"The Girl That I Marry" (Reprise) — Frank
"Anything You Can Do" — Annie & Frank
"They Say It's Wonderful" (Reprise) — Annie, Frank, & Company
“There’s No Business Like Show Business” (Reprise) – Company (curtain call)


Annie Oakleya backwoods sharpshooter who joins the Wild West Show; no idea about nuthin’ ‘cept shootin’
Dolly TateFrank's flamboyant assistant; Winnie's older sister; mean-spirited and ambitious
Winnie TateDolly's 17-year-old sister; Tommy's girlfriend & assistant in a knife-throwing act; headstrong
Annie's sisters & brother: Jessie, Nellie, & Little Jake
Buffalo Billfounder & owner of the Wild West Show; big personality, kind but commanding
Frank Butler—the Wild West Show's cocky star; a lady’s man, old-fashioned in his views of men & women
Charlie Davenport—manager of the Wild West Show; money-centered and slyly comic
Chief Sitting Bull—Sioux chief who joins the Wild West Show; wise but wryly humorous
Tommy Keeler—knife-thrower in the Wild West Show; Winnie's boyfriend; easy-going & loving
Pawnee Bill—owner of a competing western show
Foster Wilson—hotel owner

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1Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Musical Library and Director Valerie B. Carlson

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