Music: Siegfried Get Your Annie

On the stage long trod by waltzing countesses and czardas-dancing gypsies a girl in rundown shoes and a beat-up hat marched to the footlights and belted out a number called Alles aus Naturverstand (meaning "Everything by Common Sense"). Americans in the audience recognized it as Doin' What Comes Natur'lly. Annie Get Your Gun had settled down in Vienna, and its arrival had precipitated another battle in the running musical war between partisans of old-fashioned Viennese operetta and fans of new-style American musical comedy.

Virtue & Pornography. The producer of Vienna's Annie, Austrian-born U.S. Citizen Marcel Prawy, had already successfully staged Kiss Me,...

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