Review Round-up: Did Horrocks' Annie Hit Target?
The production features Jane Horrocks as gunslinger Annie Oakley, hoping that anything Ethel Merman can do she can do better, while Julian Ovenden stars as Frank Butler, her sharp-shooting rival and love interest.
The revival, which contains additional dialogue by April de Angelis and features a score arranged for four pianos by Jason Carr, is helmed by renowned opera and theatre director Richard Jones, designed by Ultz and choreographed by Phillipe Giraudeau. It continues until 2 January 2010.
Critically, Annie Get Your Gun didn't hit the bullseye across the board, but it certainly came close. The 'two Michaels' - Coveney and Billington - both raved, awarding five stars each and praising Jones' “Brechtian” staging. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer found himself wanting to “shoot both director and designer” for over-meddling, but nevertheless found comfort in the “real chemistry” between the two leads. Horrocks fared well, her “kooky” take on Annie proving popular with most, while Julian Ovenden also hit the target with a performance oozing “swagger” and showcasing his “magnificent" vocal abilities. But it was Berlin's music that emerged as the real star of the show - an "astonishing string of hits" according to the Evening Standard's Fiona Mountford.
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