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January 21, 2002

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN IS COMING TO VITERBO'S FINE ARTS CENTER

LA CROSSE, Wis.— Through unforgettable music and timeless songs, Annie Get Your Gun is going to take its audience for a wild ride on Saturday, Feb. 9 when it hops on stage at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Annie Get Your Gun is the story of expert riflewoman Annie Oakley, who went from being a backwoods girl to a shooting star and falling in love with ace marksman Frank Butler along the way. The show features some of Irving Berlin’s unforgettable and timeless songs like "There’s No Business Like Show Business," "Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly," "The Girl That I Marry," and "Moonshine Lullaby."

 Full of action, this show-within-a-show features jugglers, stilt walkers, tumblers, show-cowgirls, tricksters, and even a clown to entertain the audience during its "Wild West Show." Using an exact layout of the Broadway production, the main show takes place center stage while the cowboy band sits to one side and the actors that are audience members are on the other.

 Chris McDaniel, the show's Buffalo Bill, fascinates audiences with rope tricks, whip stunts, and gun twirling, but it's Stephen Valahovic as Frank Butler and Bonnie Estes as Annie Oakley who really shine. Estes, as Oakley, lights up the stage with wit, charm, and spitfire.

Over the years Annie Get Your Gun has won a number of major awards including the 1999 Grammy Award for best cast album and the 1999 Tony Award for best revival of a musical.

Annie Get Your Gun, presented by Troika Entertainment, is sponsored by Gundersen Lutheran and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $31.  To order tickets, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 796-3100.

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