"Sing Out, Louise!" Our Top Ten Musical Theatre Diva Vehicles

By Ben Rimalower
05 Aug 2013

Bernadette Peters
Photo by Carol Rosegg

7. Annie Get Your Gun

I prefer my divas decked out in glamorous fineries rather than bustling with country charm, but it would be impossible to exclude Annie Get Your Gun from this list. In fact, with Irving Berlin's mile-high stack of bonafide hits and a script whose spirit is saturated with brash pre-feminism, Annie Get Your Gun offers divas such an appealing vehicle that most have essayed the role of Annie Oakley at one point — or at least, wished they had. Besides being created on Broadway and played on tour by the two founding mothers of musical theatre, Ethel Merman and Mary Martin, respectively, revivals and concert versions and regional and stock productions of Annie Get Your Gun have starred everyone from Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone to Reba McEntire and Suzi Quatro. Maybe "you can't get a man with a gun," but it must be awfully fun to try!