The Irving Berlin classic, directed by Leonard Anderson, and musically directed by Colin Loughead complete with one of the most cherished songbooks in Broadway history, will open next week on Tuesday May 12 and run until Saturday May 16 at the Iveagh Movie Studios, Banbrid ge.
The song list for this tale of the famous and legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her rival and love interest Irish born Frank Butler reads like a “Broadway’s Greatest Hits” compilation, including unforgettable tunes like There’s No Business Like Show Business, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, and I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night – just to name a few.
It’s a healthy and hearty family-friendly comedy filled dose of Americana at its all round best, featuring Annie and fellow legendary western icons Buffalo Bill Cody and Big Chief Sitting Bull, among many others. “We are very excited to kick off what most certainly promises to be an exciting and fun packed western production for Banbridge Musical Society with one of the most popular and iconic musicals in theatre history which the Banbridge residents will not want to miss,” said Rosemary Kelly Chairperson for Banbridge Musical Society. “This is a show for all generations, combining an embarrassment of musical riches and comedy gold with a wholesome and uniquely American story that makes it a great way to dive into summer. It’s Irving Berlin at his very best, presented by a cast that, in true Banbridge Musical Society tradition, features extraordinary talent from around the Banbridge area.
Familiar faces will include Lorraine Jackson – Brown in the title role, who Banbridge Musical Society audiences will remember from her acclaimed stage presence as Sally Smith in the 2013 production of ‘Me and My Girl’. Also returning is Kilian Foy, who is a rising star from Newry, who played Joseph in Newry Bosco drama group’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Killian will be playing opposite Lorraine in the role of Frank Butler. The cast is also full of talented local favourites.
Annie Get Your Gun will be presented at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets for the show are £14.00 for adults, £12.00 for concessions and £40 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), for any group bookings please contact Iveagh Movie Studios. For more information on Banbridge Musical Society visit the Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pages/Banbridge-Musical-Society.