Country superstar Reba McEntire made her Broadway debut on January 26, 2001 playing Annie Oakley in the popular musical Annie Get Your Gun.
The Annie Oakley role was originated by Ethel Merman in 1946, who was widely known as the “undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage”. The show has been revived several times with legendary actresses Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone playing the titular role.
Annie Get Your Gun is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who was a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and her romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler.
The fourth song of the musical finds Annie in love with a Frank, who doesn’t yet know how great her shot is. She comically sings the song “Can’t Get A Man with a Gun” about how her talent as a sharpshooter makes it hard to attract a male companion. She imagines different scenarios where shooting a man will not make him fall in love with you.
She hysterically sings the lyrics, “A man may be hot/but he’s not/when he’s shot/oh, you can’t get a man with a gun!” and “But you can’t shoot a love,/and use him for a cover/oh, you can’t get a man with a gun!“
McEntire’s comedic ability stands out in this number and she will having you laughing throughout the entire song! Watch her amazing performance below.
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