->''"Folks are dumb where I come from,''
->''They ain't had any learning.''
->''Still they're happy as can be''
->''Doin' what comes naturally (doin' what comes naturally)."''
-->-- '''Annie Oakley''', in '''Doin' What Comes Naturally'''.
->''"There's no business like show business''
->''like no business I know"''
A 1946 musical developed by Music/IrvingBerlin and siblings Herbert and Dorothy Fields. Creator/EthelMerman originated the title role, and sang many a classic standard, including "There's no business like show business." A film version was released in 1950. The musical has been revived several times since on Broadway, most recently starring SusanLucci.
It follows the tale of one Annie Oakley: sharpshooter, and the man she'll one day marry, Frank Butler: sharpshooter. They meet when he's the star of Buffalo Bill's Circus, but [[SlapSlapKiss it's rivalry, not love, at first sight.]] It's going to be hard, but eventually, they do finally get together in the end.
!!This show features examples of:
* AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter: Annie and Frank argue over who is the better shot, the better singer, best knitter etc.
%%* ArgumentOfContradictions: "Anything You Can Do" is basically this trope in musical form.
%%* BetaCouple: Tommy Keeler and Winnie Tate,
* ButtMonkey: Dolly Tate. She is constantly mocked by everyone, especially Charlie, but Annie and Frank get in on it too. Justified in that she is a mean-spirited, bigoted snob who hates everyone regardless.
%%* CallAndResponseSong: "Anything You Can Do."
%%* CounterpointDuet: "An Old-Fashioned Wedding"
%%* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Anything You Can Do."
%%* IAmSong: "Doin' What Comes Naturally."
* IncrediblyLongNote: "Anything You Can Do" - specifically, "Any note you can hold, I can hold longer." [[spoiler:She can.]]
* MenActWomenAre: Inverted for most of the musical, where Anne is doing all the acting and Frank is not. The reason she gets the guy is because she holds back on her competition [[spoiler: (courtesy of a rigged gun)]].
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Why Annie sings "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun."
* RightInFrontOfMe: When Annie meets Frank, she not only doesn't know who he is, but she calls him a "big swollen-headed stiff."
* SheCleansUpNicely: Annie puts on a formal gown for the reception before the merger and Frank takes it as a sign that she's becoming a lady.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Pawnee Bill and Buffalo Bill refer to each other, respectively, as "you big bandit" and "you old pirate". They may or may not mean this lovingly.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Annie and Frank were real life show shoters and they got married but much of this story is fabricated.
%%* YouNoTakeCandle: The Sioux Indians.