Complete Casting Announced for Patti LuPone Annie Get Your Gun

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Playbill.com has learned the complete cast for the upcoming staged concerts of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois.
Joseph Foronda
Joseph Foronda

Lonny Price will direct the Aug. 13-15 concerts, which will boast Olivier and two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone as the sharp-shootin' Annie Oakley, Patrick Cassidy as Frank Butler and Tony winner George Hearn as Buffalo Bill Cody.

They will be joined by the newly announced Joseph Foronda as Chief Sitting Bull, Michael Weber as Charlie Davenport, Suzanne Sole as Dolly Tate and Michael Accardo as Wilson/Pawnee Bill.

Also part of the cast will be Kamilah Lay as Jessie, Annie's sister; Elianna Kate Schnittman as Nellie, Annie's sister; Major Curda as Little Jake, Annie’s brother; Josh Johnston as Mac; and Justin Stein as Hank.

The female ensemble will comprise Chelsea Barker, Amy Brophy, Cindy Chang, Kelly Anne Clark, Elana Ernst, Laura Freeman, Jacqui Graziano, Hallie Metcalf, Johanna McKenzie Miller, Rose O’Hara and Genevieve VenJohnson. The male ensemble will include Alexander Aguilar, John Michael Coppola, Adam Estes, Dan Ferretti, Wayne Hu, Josh Johnston, James Earl Jones, Justin Stein, Lee Alan Wilkins, George Wolff and Zach Zube. The trio will feature Wayne Hu, James Earl Jones and George Wolff.

The artists will be backed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which will be conducted by Paul Gemignani. Annie Get Your Gun features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields.

LuPone's last musical theatre outing at Ravinia was Rose in Gypsy, a role she later repeated on Broadway to Tony-winnning effect. LuPone previously played the role of Oakley in a one-night-only benefit concert at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont. The upcoming concerts will celebrate the 150th birthday of Annie Oakley.

Cassidy eventually played Frank Butler in the most recent Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun. His other Broadway credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Leader of the Pack, 42nd Street and Aida.

For more information on Ravinia, visit www.ravinia.org.

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