The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, May 27, 1946

Annie Get Your Gun (music & lyrics by Irving Berlin; book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields; produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) is a great big follow-the-formula, fetch-the-crowd musical. It bothers with nothing artistic or bizarre. It involves almost as many people as were needed to build the Pyramids, and works the most important of them almost as hard. Star, whip and wheelhorse of Annie is Ethel Merman.

Actress Merman plays Annie Oakley, the sharpshooting whiz of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show—and the gal whose name became a synonym (because they are punched with holes) for complimentary theater tickets....

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