Calamity Jane the Play Review

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Calamity Jane the Play Review

Calamity Jane the Play

Calamity Jane the Musical Calamity Jane, a musical combining the Wild West with a bittersweet mother-daughter drama…this high quality show explores the myths and truths of Calamity Jane with clever lyrics and musical appeal…You’ll be humming its songs for days! – Atlantic City Press


Catherine Ann Jones’s libretto offers a very gripping and poignant tale. She tells us that though the story takes place a century ago, it’s replete with contemporary implications. The unshakable strength of Calamity Jane is that it has its heart in the right place.

Newark Star Ledger


This play relates the celebrated frontier woman’s colorful life including liaisons with Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody. Great theatre!

Los Angeles Times

Book by Catherine Ann Jones based on her play

Music by Allan Jay Friedman & Jeff Silbar                Stage: Suitable for large & small

Lyrics by Rand Bishop                                                 Cast: 8 roles (4-8 actors)

Additional Lyrics: Amanda McBroom                          Musicians: 2-8

Larry Gatlin

Catherine Ann Jones


Story: Calamity Jane, a legend in her own time, lived a century too early to be understood as the emancipated strong-willed woman she was. Forced to give up her daughter for adoption when Bill Hickok leaves her for another woman, the story presents the confrontation between mother and daughter as well as the myth and reality of the Old West.


 “If you’ve ever been a parent

   If you’ve ever had a parent,

                                                  If you’ve ever loved and lost,

                                                  You’ll love Calamity Jane!”