Annie Get Your Gun

N.p. N.p., Circa 1946. Draft script for the 1946 musical, for the character of Tommy, with the character name on lower right and "5." on upper right, presumably Tommy being the fifth character in the play. A very unusual script in terms of size, style, and purpose, made custom for the part and the lines of a single character, and likely for the use of an understudy (or multiple actors who might have had to step into the role).

Annotation of name of actor below character's name on front wrapper, only partially legible, "Jack ...," in holograph pencil. Copy number "7" stamped on front wrapper and first page of script. Annotations in holograph pencil on page 3 of script, circling the name of character on top right of page, and indicating where the actor needs to take breaths during the song "I'll Share It All with You."

"Annie Get Your Gun," starring Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton, premiered at the Imperial Theatre on May 16, 1946 for a wildly successful run of 1,147 performances, and closed on February 12, 1949.

Irving Berlin's hit musical, with book written by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields, is a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, sharpshooter and star of "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" show, and her romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank E. Butler.

"Annie Get Your Gun" had two Broadway revivals, in 1966 at the Broadway Theatre, and in 1999 at the Marquis Theatre. The characters of Tommy and Winnie, and their story lines, were dropped from the 1966 revival.

In 1950 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released a Technicolor musical comedy of the play, directed by George Sidney and starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel.

8.75 x 7 inches. Beige titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 7. Six leaves, with last page of text numbered 6. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus with vertical and diagonal creasing, wrapper Very Good, with vertical and diagonal creasing with small closed tears to right edge of front wrapper and a two inch vertical closed tear at the bottom of the back wrapper, saddle-stapled with two staples.

[Book #148424]

Price: $475.00