Most musical theatre fans will tell you that casting Reba McEntire as Annie Oakley was a match made in Broadway heaven. The Oklahoma native was practically born to play the sassy sharpshooter on stage.
On Tuesday (Jan. 26), the country music legend shared a throwback photo on social media of her in costume as the legendary Annie Oakley. McEntire shared the post in honor of a milestone anniversary of her taking over the role.
The Instagram post includes the caption: “20 years ago today I made my Broadway debut as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun! I was so excited I could hardly stand it! #Broadway #AnnieOakley #AnnieGetYourGun.”
Fans enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with Reba McEntire on Tuesday.
“If that’s you 20 years ago you are still as beautiful today. Not aged at all,” one fan wrote.
“You were so spectacular! Please come back to Broadway when it’s safe,” another said.
Another post said: “Reba You’re Great At Anything You Do! No One In Hollywood, Nashville or On Broadway Can Hold a Candle To The Talented Person You Are!”
Reba McEntire Receives Rave Reviews as Annie Oakley
In a review of Reba McEntire’s Broadway debut, Playbill.com said the country singer had quickly made a name for herself in the lexicon of the American theater. McEntire brought her country talents – and Oklahoma spirit – to the role.
“With the rave reviews, the broadcast media coverage and the overwhelming audience approval, to say nothing of the box office muscle, ‘Reba’ was suddenly up there with ‘Chita’ ‘Patti’ and ‘Liza,'” the Playbill review said.
Chita Rivera, Patti Lupone and Liza Minelli are three of the most famous leading ladies in musical theater history. Reba McEntire being included in that company for her Broadway debut is an accomplishment in itself. The country legend started playing the role in 2001. The revival had been running on Broadway since 1998. McEntire brought country fans to the Broadway theater, according to Playbill.
“It would appear that she brought a new audience to Broadway — those who followed her career and came to see just (Reba McEntire),” American Theatre Wing president Roy Somlyo told Playbill On-Line. “I think it’s very exciting that she was able to infuse the show with her great personality and talent. What’s most significant about it is that it should prove to other stars how tremendous it can be for their own careers — as well as for a Broadway show — if they replace a star in a production. I think other stars should take great note of this.”
“Annie Get Your Gun” was a massive hit for songwriter Irving Berlin. The show includes many popular American songs. Among them are “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” “Anything You Can Do,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
No doubt, Reba McEntire brought much gravitas and style to each Berlin song she performed.