Theater: What Comes Natur'lly

Bernadette Peters returns to the stage to give Annie Get Your Gun a sparkling makeover

Even though she started in show business at age 3 1/2 (as a pint-size contestant on a TV game show called Juvenile Jury) and grew up to be the pre-eminent musical-theater star of our day, Bernadette Peters had never seen Annie Get Your Gun. So when she was offered the starring role in a revival of Irving Berlin's 1946 classic, she was not interested in nostalgia. "I don't think a show should be a walk down memory lane--that's why I've avoided revivals," she says. "I believe a show should happen in front of you for the first time."

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