Jodie Prenger, who made her name on BBC1's I'd Do Anything and went on to win the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh's stage version of Oliver!, has plenty of southern drawl and humour in the show that visits Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre for five days from February 17. It then continues to cities including Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Liverpool and Brighton.
I caught the new production early on in the tour at Malvern Theatres.
It helps that Prenger, like Doris Day, is extremely likeable. In fact, she was voted Favourite Reality TV Star of 2008 by readers of TV Times. What's more, she has a marvellous voice, so you are always willing her on through all Calamity's well-meaning but disasterous escapades in the wild west frontier town of Deadwood.
The story follows tomboy Calamity Jane as she heads off to Chicago to bring back a famous showgirl to perform in Deadwood but ends up bringing the wrong person back.
Great costumes and dances make Calamity Jane a fun, toe-tapping show
Through the journey, there's identity mix-ups, shoot-outs and love triangles galore plus fiery arguments between Calamity and the hunky thorn in her side, Wild Bill Hickok, which leads to the wonderful song I Can Do Without You.
Playing Wild Bill is Tom Lister, the one-time baddie in Emmerdale, who is a suitably towering, sultry lead and has a fantastic chemistry with Prenger. He also impresses playing the guitar while singing a dreamy version of My Heart Is Higher Than a Hawk.
Adding another bonus to this production is the way all the actors are also musicians, carrying their instruments and playing music live on stage while dancing and singing. It gives a wild west yee haa hoe-down feel to it all.
The cast of a Calamity Jane play instruments as well as sing on stage
The only drawback is that the tour features such an intricate stage that it doesn't change like many a lavish musical these days, but efforts are made to adapt it to different scenarios.
But with fine performances and songs like Secret Love, Just Blew In From The Windy City and the Black Hills of Dakota sung in such a rousing way, you'll be whip crack-away with happiness.