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Beloved Classic Kicks Off Five-Show Season Including Tony Award-Winning Drama Red, Uproarious Comedy Tuna Does Vegas, The Classic Girl Group Doo Wop of The Marvelous Wonderettes
 And The Powerful Rock Opera Next to Normal

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – June 14, 2013 – The Heritage Theatre Festival is celebrating a full-scale return this summer with the season-opening production of Annie Get Your Gun.

The Irving Berlin classic, directed by Heritage Producing Artistic Director Robert Chapel, and complete with one of the most cherished songbooks in Broadway history, will open on June 27 at the Culbreth Theatre.

Annie Get Your Gun (Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin and Original Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, as revised by Peter Stone) will be presented in the Culbreth Theatre from  June 27-29 and July 2-6 at 7:30 each evening. There will be a 2PM matinee performance on Saturday, July 6.  Tickets for the show are $45 for adults, $40 for seniors and U.Va. faculty, staff and alumni, and $20 for students. Single and season tickets are available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office (located in the lobby of the Drama Building), online at www.uvahtf.org or by phone at 434-924-3376.

The song list for this tale of legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her rival and love interest Frank Butler reads like a “Broadway’s Greatest Hits” compilation, including unforgettable tunes like There’s No Business Like Show Business, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, and I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night – just to name a few. It’s a healthy and hearty family-friendly dose of Americana at its best, featuring Annie and fellow legendary western icons Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull, among others.

 “We are very excited to kick off what promises to be an exciting season for us with one of the most popular musicals in theatre history,” said Heritage Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director Robert Chapel. “This is a show for all generations, combining an embarrassment of musical riches with a wholesome and uniquely American story that makes it a great way to dive into summer. It’s Irving Berlin at his very best, presented by a cast that, in true Heritage tradition, features extraordinary talent from around the country and right here in our own backyard.”

Familiar faces will include Emelie Thompson in the title role, who Heritage audiences will remember from her acclaimed star turn as Eliza Doolittle in the 2011 production of My Fair Lady. Also returning is Jonathan Coarsey, who won raves as Edward Rutledge in last summer’s production of 1776, and is playing opposite Thompson in the role of Frank Butler. The cast is also full of talented local favorites like Doug Schneider, Matt Joslyn and Kenneth Waller.

“This will be an evening of pure fun, whether you know this show like the back of your hand or are discovering a Broadway treasure for the first time,” Chapel said. “Great songs, great story, great talent…and pure enjoyment – all the things that make people fall in love with theatre in the first place.”

The production is the first of five Heritage shows this summer – presented in three theatres including the newly-opened, state-of-the-art 300-seat Ruth Caplin Theatre. For the first time ever this year, the season will close with three productions running concurrently, offering the best chance yet for theatre lovers to take advantage of an outstanding 2013 lineup that will also include the Tony Award-winning drama Red (about the famed abstract painter Mark Rothko); the return of the wacky denizens of Tuna, Texas in Tuna Does Vegas;  the girl group, doo-wop musical magic of The Marvelous Wonderettes and the powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera Next to Normal.

Free parking for all Heritage Theatre Festival performances is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage, conveniently located alongside the theaters. 
To access a photo of the production, visit http://www.virginia.edu/heritagetheatre/pressCenter.htm
For more information on the 2013 Heritage Theatre Festival season, visit, www.uvahtf.org.

Heritage Theatre Festival Publicist
John Kelly
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