Review: Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun, Emma Williams, Jason Donovan and Norman Pace. Pic: Comp
Annie Get Your Gun, Emma Williams, Jason Donovan and Norman Pace. Pic: Comp

The Wild West has come thundering full throttle into Edinburgh this week as the touring production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ is in town.

It’s the tale of sharp-shooting Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, stars of Buffalo Bill’s show. Butler can’t stand the idea that anyone is better at anything than him. But when he meets the rough-around-the-edges Annie, he’s met his match - in both shooting and love - although at times he may struggle to accept it.

Emma Williams is a terrific Annie, she’s got a charm that is easy for the audience to warm to, yet she still pulls off the fiery, funny and sensitive Annie when required.

Jason Donovan’s Frank is rather smooth, but may have been lacking a little something.

The sing-off in ‘Anything You Can Do’ is the highlight of the show, with Williams putting in an impressive performance leaving the audience asking ‘is she really still holding that note?’ (She is.)

The supporting cast, which includes young Alex Morrison from Glenrothes as Little Jake for three performances, are excellent and work fantastically well with the band on stage. This is one show that definitely goes with a bang and not just the shots being fired from Annie and Frank’s shotguns.

Runs at The Playhouse in Edinburgh until Saturday.