With minimalist stage and sparse props – the entire set is really nothing more than a short set of stairs painted white with the American flag as a backdrop curtain – the actors under the direction of choreographer Fleur Mellor, manage to re-create the scenes surrounding the famous Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the romantic tension between ace sharpshooters, Annie and Frank. Full credit goes to Matthew Reeve, music director and orchestrator for his fast-moving, free-flowing scores especially the uplifting song, “There’s No Business like Show Business,” performed with a flourish several times.
Sean Hillen, 18 October 2015, Examiner.com
Lights down, Buffalo Bill Cody (George Jones) wanders on to the stage and solemnly tells us that there’s no business like show business. Then the pace quickens, enthusiasm takes over and, with the live band on stage, he belts it out as the cast join him… Cast, band and production team deserved and got a standing ovation. There really is No Business Like Show Business – be part of it and come away singing.
Anne Hailes, 1 October 2015, The Irish News
The orchestra is made up of around ten people. Half of these are multi-tasking as they are also actors in the show (often with more than one character). This was incredibly impressive as it really brought the music to life and made it an even more integral part of the show.
Cat Caldwell, 1 October 2015, Pastie Bap
I’m back in Belfast in August to begin rehearsals on an exciting new production of Annie Get Your Gun. It’s an actor-musician adaptation, so I’m busy reworking the orchestrations for our multitalented cast. The production is produced Theatre At The Mill in Newtownabbey. It is directed by PETER CORRY.
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show comes to town he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show; it only takes one glance for Annie to fall head over heels for the dashing star of the show, shooting ace Frank Butler. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction and, nursing a bruised ego, he hightails it off to join a rival show, eventually to be pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity. Features the all-time classic hits ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly’ and ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’.
The show opens 28th September 2015. For more information and booking visit http://www.theatreatthemill.com/PEO/show.asp.