Annie Get Your Gun ~ Mary Martin ~ John Raitt ~ 11.27.57
Note: This is a nice capture of the 1957 NBC-TV special televised production of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Mary Martin and John Raitt. The picutre and sound quality are excellent, especially given the show's age.
Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (18601926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank Butler.
The 1946 Broadway production was a hit, and the musical had long runs in both New York (1,147 performances) and London, spawning revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions. Songs that became hits include "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful", and "Anything You Can Do."
This was the most popular single musical special of the season for NBC. It raked in a total of 60 million viewers. The show had a two-hour average Trendex rating of 35.1 and a 57.4 percent share of the total TV audience.