Women Lead ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ Creative Team at Bay Street

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Alexandra Socha as Annie Oakley. Photo courtesy of Bay Street Theater

The rendition of “Annie Get Your Gun” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor this summer is a departure from the Irving Berlin classic. And as of last week, it locked in the creative, predominantly female team to bring it to life.

Harkening back to Broadway’s Golden Age, the musical tells the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and her tempestuous romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler.

Jennifer Sanchez as Dolly Tate. Photo courtesy of Bay Street Theater.

But acclaimed director Sarna Lapine plans to bring a fresh, modern approach to the story, incorporating elements from Dorothy Fields’ original book in order to create the strongest and most revolutionary Annie Oakley ever seen.

 “When Sarna Lapine first told me about her concept for this new production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ I immediately knew it was the perfect musical for Bay Street in 2019,” Artistic Director Scott Schwartz said. “Sarna has assembled a staging and design team comprised of all women to retell this classic musical from a strong, contemporary woman’s perspective.

“This includes incorporating elements of Dorothy Fields’ original script,” he continued. “This team will bring a progressive and daring new perspective to this classic story. A great score, brilliant artists and a visionary new production promise that ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ will be the must-see musical on the East End this summer.”

The cast includes Alexandra Socha as Annie Oakley, Jennifer Sanchez as Dolly Tate, Jonathan Joss as Sitting Bull, Matt Saldivar as Frank Butler, George Abud as Charlie, Isa

Jonathan Joss as Sitting Bull. Photo courtesy of Bay Street Theater

Mooney as Jessie, Meaghan McInnes as Nellie, Oge Agulé as Pawnee Bill, Orville Mendoza as Buffalo Bill, Stephen Lee Anderson as Foster Wilson, and Will Hantz as Little Jake, with an ensemble comprised of Aidan Ziegler-Hansen, Allison Marie Walsh, David Macleod Haines, Erica Spyres, and Kara Mikula.

The creative team includes choreographer Sarah O’Gleby, set designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, music director Andy Einhorn, lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, costume designer Valérie Thérèse Bart, sound designer Jane Shaw, Elizabeth Printz on wig, hair and makeup design, props design by Andrew Diaz, stage manager Jane Pole and casting by Binder Casting.

For more information, call (631) 725-9500 or visit baystreet.org.

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