For the seventeenth consecutive year, Andy Williams returns to perform at his Moon River Theater in Branson. But, this time, reminiscient of his legendary TV shows, Williams will present a fun-filled extravaganza featuring not only himslef but a cornucopia of some of the best variety acts in the business for an evening of wholesome family entertainment. The Andy Williams All-Star Variety Show will run from September 5-October 25 with performances Monday-Saturday at 7 p.m.
Joining Williams for the 2008 season will be the husband and wife dance team of Pasha and Aliona, who bring elegance, humor and unique acrobatics to their choreography. Their act is full of surprises and colorful costumes. Also on the bill is world class violinist, fiddler Dean Church, who has been a Branson favorite for many years, delighting audiences of all ages with his outstanding musical ability. Additionally, combining physical comedy, music and eccentric dance, Joe Trammel will bring his unique brand of comedy to the Moon River Theater stage. People magazine called Bob Anderson “the best singing impressionist in show business” and Anderson will bring his versions of some of the entertainment world’s most famous voices to the festivities. The dynamic tap dancing duo of Faruma and Floyd Williams will be featured as well.
And , of course, there’s the star of the show.
Former President Ronald Reagan once referred Andy Williams’ voice as ” a national treasure.”
William’s solo career began when he went to New York to become a regualr performer on Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show.” In 1956 he had three hits, including his first top ten record, “Canadian Sunset.” This was followed by a string of hits, including his first No. 1, “Butterfly,” “Are You Sincere,” “Lonely Street,” “Can’t Get Used to Loving You,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Charade,” “Dear Heart,” “Love Story” and “The Hawiian Wedding Song,” for which he received his first of his five Grammy award nominations. 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 Williams has amassed almost 20 gold albums and three that reached platinum status. In the fall of 1963, Williams 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.