All tagged Annie Get Your Gun
Many of you might not know who Dorothy Fields was (I’m sure some do), but you will certainly know the lyrics to myriad songs she wrote from Broadway musicals. Featuring one of most prolific (and certainly groundbreaking) careers as musical theatre writer, Fields was a constant voice in the business when very few other women were making headway in the male-dominated profession.
With Bernadette Peters taking the stage as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, I thought it would be fun and appropriate to create a compilation of some of Ms. Peter’s finest musical performances on stage, television, and the big screen. Just like the waiters at Harmonia Gardens are ecstatic to have Dolly return to her favorite haunt, we are beyond thrilled to have her back where she belongs in a Broadway musical. I hope you enjoy this tribute to one of Broadway’s finest leading ladies.
As my dear friends prepare to open their production of Annie Get Your Gun tonight at The Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, Kansas, it got me thinking about this tuneful (if sometimes problematic) musical and what fun it can be based almost entirely on the wonderful score by Irving Berlin. Annie Get Your Gun also has an interesting history and I thought I’d share some of those details here today.
Joy - one of the ingredients that used to make for a successful Broadway musical and the one that is chiefly missing in today's musical theatre writing. Nowadays, shows have to be biting, sarcastic, topical, cynical and revolutionary, but to just be a conduit of happiness, melody and merriment doesn't seem to cut it anymore.