Irving Berlin Music Hits the Mark in Classic Broadway Hit

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre: Annie Get Your GunThis spring, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s 38th Season is right on target as it continues with the sassy classic Annie Get Your Gun. The fiery show opens March 31 with performances running through May 8. Annie Get Your Gun is the tale of the feisty and skilled shooter Annie Oakley, who aims to be the star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. There’s a catch – she’ll need to outshine it’s main attraction, Frank Butler – and it doesn’t help matters when she falls in love with him! But there’s no business like show business, and she proves to Frank, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.” When he signs up with a rival show, Annie must decide what she wants to win: their final shootout, or his heart. She already knows, “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun.”

Loosely based on the true story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Mosey) and Frank Butler, Annie Get Your Gun features music and lyrics by the American icon Irving Berlin. The Beef & Boards production stars Tiana Checchia as the irrepressible Annie Oakley – a role played by such famous stars as Bernadette Peters (who won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a revival of the show), Reba McIntire (whose portrayal of Annie won Drama Desk and Theatre World awards), and the incomparable original, Ethel Merman.

There are forty-one performances of Annie Get Your Gun in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $36 to $59, and  include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, coffee, tea and lemonade. Parking is always free. For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Box Office at 317-872-9664. Box office hours are 10:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday, and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mondays.