Broadway Sacramento, CA

"Annie Get Your Gun One of the Best Show Ever at Music Circus"

Everything, including the play, cast, choreography, direction, costuming and set design, comes together to produce a near-perfect show of Annie Get Your Gun, which opened at Music Circus Tuesday night."

”It was easy to hear the audience cheer on the relationship between Frank and Annie, Watts and Malone received huge ovations to their duets, including ‘The Girl That I Marry’ and ‘Anything You Can Do.’"

Broadway and Music Circus veteran director Gary John La Rosa not only stages the musical numbers beautifully but does a great job with the plot scenes."

All of the production team are at their best game, producing a great look and sound. Music Circus always does a great job with their shows, but with Annie Get Your Gun they have really outdone themselves. They have taken one of America’s most iconic musicals by one of the most revered composer/lyricists, cast it perfectly and applied the best Music Circus production values to create what is definitely a must-see show of the summer."

Bill Burgua – Sacramento Press

4 Stars! Music Circus' Annie Get Your Gun hits the mark

It's very tempting to call Beth Malone’s clever, engaging performance of Annie Oakley a bull's-eye, so let's just do it. Malone hits the mark in every way, including originality, while bringing the great American sharpshooter to life in the Music Circus production of Annie Get Your Gun.”

The object of her affection, Edward Watts' old-fashioned Frank Butler, makes a strong complement with matinee handsomeness and lush tenor. The pairing of these two could easily carry lesser material, but they are matched with Irving Berlin’s incomparable score, which yields a truly marvelous production."

The fine supporting cast includes Heather Lee as Dolly, Frank Butler’s assistant, and Paul Ainsley as Chief Sitting Bull. Gary John La Rosa directs with knowing understanding of this classic material, and John MacInnis adds energetic choreography."

The Music Circus already has had a very strong season; it has another success with this production and a star in Malone."

Marcus Crowder – Sacramento Bee

Music Circus scores with this sharpshooter! Yeehaw! Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show are back in town!

It has been 11 years since Annie Oakley and Frank Butler held a shooting match at Music Circus, but Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun is this week’s production, directed by Gary John La Rosa, and it is loads of fun."”The opening ‘No Business Like Show Business’ displays the lively choreography of John MacInnis, which is such a big part of the success of this show. The high-kicking dances at the Hotel Brevoort are particularly enjoyable."

”This is a delightful little package that obviously was a crowd pleaser, since the Wells Fargo Pavilion had more filled seats than any other opening night this season. Nobody left disappointed."

Bev Sykes – Davis Enterprise

There’s nothing quite like a 1940’s Broadway musical, filled with breathless optimism and hummable tunes. Now, Sacramento’s Music Circus is mounting one of the classics. Seeing this venerable slice of Americana is like finding a long lost friend."”

The Music Circus was organized 61 years ago with the mission of presenting shows like this one. When they do a good job, as they do here, the results are both entertaining and artistically rewarding, as a great old show from a bygone era is vividly brought back to life.”

Jeff Hudson – Capital Public Radio


“We’ve been waiting for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show to make its way to Northern California and ‘Music Circus’ production definitely delivers."

”Director Gary John La Rosa weaves the action through the aisles and around the stage. It feels like a traveling exposition from long ago that has stopped in Sacramento for the night to entertain the awaiting crowd. The choreography by John Macinnis ranges from country two-stepping to ballroom waltzes as performers fill the stage during the big show-stoppers."

“Annie Get Your Gun is perfect for all ages. It provides lots of humor, a love story and the timeless music of Irving Berlin. You won’t leave without humming ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ or ‘Anything You Can Do.’ Music Circus has shown again that they do ‘what comes natur’lly’ by hitting another bullseye on great entertainment.“



“Annie Get Your Gun came shooting into the Sacramento Wells Fargo Pavilion opening night to a packed house. The humorous production brought a wide range of age groups together to enjoy familiar tunes by Irving Berlin such as ‘Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better),’ ‘You Can’t Get a Man with A Gun,’ and, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business.’“

“Musicals like Annie Get Your Gun may be over shadowed by modern theatrical productions such as Wicked and Mary Poppins, but it was refreshing to watch a musical where the essence of the production was focused on the music, comedy, and exciting choreography. This performance received a much-deserved standing ovation.”

Rachael Lankford – Sacramento 365

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