We are in the lusty, warm and humorously wild Old West of Deadwood City, Dakota Territory, 1876.

Our story tells of famed frontier woman Calamity Jane who dresses, rides, speaks and shoots like a man, but given the proper chance can be a beautiful girl who hankers for the love of a man. The man may be dashing Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin or the justly famed “Wild” Bill Hickok.

Fussy old Henry Miller, owner of Deadwood’s hotel-bar-theatre, The Golden Garter, nervously awaits the arrival of the stagecoach, bringing goods and passengers to Deadwood. His niece, Susan, assures him that Calamity will make certain that it arrives on time (The Deadwood Stage).

Bill Hickok accuses Calam of exaggerating her adventures with wild claims (Careless With The Truth) and sings of a legendary, Eastern beauty called Adelaide Adams who adorns pictures found in packs of “cigareets” (Adelaide).

Meanwhile, “Millie” searches high and low for another lovely actress, Frances Fryer, who was supposed to arrive with the stage to embellish his show. But the “actress” turns out to be a young song and dance MAN – “Francis” not “Frances” Fryer (Ev’ryone Complains About The Weather).

Just then, some scouts come in wounded after a battle with “Injuns” including Danny. Calam is most concerned and helps out, only to be mocked again by Bill (Men!).

The show must go on (Can-Can), and “Millie” contrives to dress Fryer as a woman (Hive Full of Honey), but when the latter’s wig it accidentally ripped off during the show, the local characters rise in noisy anger. Only Calam’s trusty pistol restores order, that and her promise that “Millie,” to make amends, will import to Deadwood the East’s most glamorous star, Adelaide Adams herself! The men are overjoyed, but Bill, Danny and “Millie” know full well that Adelaide Adams wouldn’t be caught dead in Deadwood. So Calam, after a rip-roaring song-battle with “Wild” Bill (I Can Do Without You), storms out headed for “Chicagy”.

After we see the famous Adelaide Adams feted by some stage door Johnnies (It’s Harry I’m Planning To Marry) and then leave, Calam mistakes Adelaide’s maid, Katie Brown, for the great actress herself (It’s Harry I’m Planning To Marry – Reprise). Before she is aware of it, she is stage-coaching Katie back to Deadwood where Katie is greeted in high excitement as the famed Adelaide Adams (Adelaide – Reprise).

In arguably the best number in the show, Calamity tells a captive audience of Deadwood’s finest that “Chicagy is the biggest noise in Illinoise!” (Windy City).

Unnerved by Fryer when he becomes aware of her true identity, Katie breaks down at the opening show (Keep It Under Your Hat), and only Calam’s masterful control of the audience saves the day. Bucked up by Calam, Susan and Fryer, Katie then gives a show-stopping performance (Keep It Under Your Hat – Reprise). All of Deadwood’s hearts are won, not the least being the hearts of Danny and “Wild” Bill (Careless With The Truth – Reprise).

Act Two opens in Calamity’s dark and dusty ramshackle cabin. She’s to put Katie up in it but soon realises that it’s an old rat’s nest. Nonetheless, Katie and Calam set about cleaning and feminising both it and themselves (A Woman’s Touch). While they are both out on chores, Bill arrives and is deeply impressed by a photograph of Katie on the mantelpiece (Higher Than A Hawk).

Lt. Danny Gilmartin then arrives with a posy for Katie but soon realises that he has a rival in Bill Hickok. When both Katie and Calamity return, it is agreed that all four will attend a ball given in honour of the new commander at Fort Scully.

That night, the attendees cross the wonderful country to the event (The Black Hills of Dakota).

Calamity, dressed in Katie’s finery, is the belle of the ball but her hour of triumph explodes when she finds Katie in the arms of Danny (Love You Dearly). In a fit of jealous rage, she orders Katie to leave town, but “Wild” Bill corners Calam and shows her that she is a real woman despite the fact she professes to act like a man. She learns that it was Bill all the time (not Danny) she loved. Her realization is expressed in the hauntingly lovely Secret Love which won an Academy Award.

Our show closes joyously with all of Deadwood’s citizens attending a triple wedding – that of Calamity to Bill, Katie to Danny and Susan to Francis Fryer (The Deadwood Stage and Windy City – Reprises).

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