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A Christmas Tradition

Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre Presents His Annual Christmas Show,
November 1 – December 11 at 7 PM

Paul Revere & The Raiders and Bill Haley’s Original Comets give 
their Rockin’ Christmas Show at 3 PM


It’s that time of year when you’re beginning to think about roasting
chestnuts on an open fire, trimming the tree and going out and getting all
the gifts that will turn into that intimidating pile which will have to be
wrapped.  So, maybe you should take a break and spend some time with one of
your favorite Christmas-time friends.  

No, it’s not Saint Nick – It’s Andy Williams, America’s musical ambassador
of Christmas.  Andy is currently preparing his 2010 Christmas stage show,
which will appear at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, November
1st through December 11th.  The theatre will be closed on Sundays.
Featuring dazzling production numbers, which look like Christmas cards come
to life, Andy will be joined by a cast of singers, dancers and costumed
characters, and perform all of the seasonal favorites as well as many of his
greatest hits. 

Joining Andy for this special engagement will be the husband and wife dance
team of Pasha & Aliona, who bring elegance, humor and style to their
choreography. Their quick change act is sure to surprise and amaze. Also on
the bill are “the best singer/impressionist in the world,” Bob Anderson; The
Warnock Sisters, four siblings singing and dancing with Andy. He calls them
his new Osmond Brothers. And, Dean Church, the fastest violin player in the
West will bring his amazing artistry to the Moon River Theatre stage

Iconic rock band Paul Revere & The Raiders Rockin’ Christmas marks their
first-ever holiday themed show. But they’ll still be offering up not only
such hits as “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing´and their chart-topping “Indian
Reservation,” but their comedic high jinks as well. Bill Haley’s Original
Comets, the group that started it all, perform such classics as “Rock Around
the Clock” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” Performances by the two groups will
be at 3 PM, Mondays through Saturdays except Thanksgiving week when the
theatre will present only Williams’ 7 PM holiday show.

There are many who remember sitting in front of the television each year and
watching Andy and his family and their Christmas celebration.  Millions of
Americans made that viewing a holiday tradition for many years.  The
popularity of the television special led to the idea of putting together a
seasonal concert.  Andy would play 25 to 30 cities each Holiday period.  In
recent years, he began to lessen the number of cities he played and began to
present the Christmas Show at the Moon River Theatre in Branson 

Former President Ronald Reagan once referred to Andy Williams’ voice as “a
national treasure.”  Andy’s legendary career began at the tender age of
eight as part of The Williams Brothers Quartet.  In 1951 the Brothers
decided to each pursue their own solo careers.  Andy went to New York and
became a regular performer on Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show.”  His first album
was released in 1956 and that same year he had three hits, including his
first Top 10 record, “Canadian Sunset.”  In the next three years he had a
string of hits, including his first #1 “Butterfly,” “Are You Sincere,”
“Lonely Street” and “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” for which he received the
first of his four Grammy Award nominations.  Around the same time he hosted
his first network television series and began a long string of specials.  In
the 60’s he released such hits as “Can’t Get Used To Losing You,” “Days of
Wine and Roses,” “Charade,” “Dear Heart” and “Love Story.”  During this
period he also appeared on the Academy Awards and performed what has become
his theme song ever since, “Moon River.”  During his career Andy has amassed
almost 20 gold albums and three that reached platinum status.  

In the Fall of 1963, Andy premiered his NBC variety show, “The Andy Williams
Show,” which would last nine years, win three Emmy Awards and lead to the
first of his classic Christmas specials.  He has since gone on to become a
true international superstar, with tremendous worldwide record sales and
record breaking tours on four continents.  This marks Andy’s 19th season at
the Moon River Theatre.  He continues to perform over 100 shows a year at
his theater.  He works just as hard today as he did when his career began.
The only difference is he loves what he’s doing even more today than he did
back then.

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