Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
The 46th season of the Fort Robinson Post Playhouse opens tonight with Irving Berlin’s classic musical Annie Get Your Gun…a stylized and not terribly true to history telling of the story of famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
The show introduced the quintessential song about the entertainment industry “There’s No Business Like Show Business” as well as such classics as Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better and You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun, but fell out of favor because of its stereotyped portrayal of Native Americans.
Playhouse Artistic Director Tom Ossowski says one of the top playwrights of the last half center, Peter Stone, took care of that in 1999 with a rewrite that had the blessing of Berlin’s heirs.
“It is much more politically correct, but it is also very, very funny because Stone has made Sitting Bull the smartest man in the cast…everyone pays attention to him and he’s the guy who knows it all. He also has some great one-liners that are very funny.”
Adult tickets are $16 for Tuesday-Thursday performance and $18 for weekends…plus $2 to cover taxes, handling, and credit card or bank fees. Season subscriptions are still available for $55…essentially 4 shows for the price of 3.
The Post Playhouse second show of the season…Always, Patsy Cline…joins the rotation a week from tonight, followed on June 16 by this year’s musical revue, Hollywood: A Cabaret. Seussical the Musical opens June 26, with the final show, The Drowsy Chaperone, starting July 10.