On Friday afternoon, Williams announced that three new acts will be performing at his venue next season.
Bill Haley’s Original Comets, the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Paul Revere & the Raiders will take the stage, beginning April 21, 2009.
“I am very pleased and excited to welcome these great entertainers to my theater,” Williams said. “It will be a terrific thing for Branson.”
The Comets will perform 2 p.m. shows from April 21-Aug. 25, and Oct. 1-29. Medley with Paul Revere and the Raiders will perform shows from April 21-Aug. 29; Sept. 1-30; and Oct. 1-24.
At 2 and 7 p.m., from Sept. 1-30, Williams will be performing in the Andy Williams All-Star Variety Show. Williams also announced that his Christmas show will be at 2 and 7 p.m. from Nov. 2-Dec. 7.
Williams told the crowd of more than 150 people that he brought in these acts so he could have some time off.
“I’m an extremely busy man,” he said. “This is going to give me some time to relax and I will also try to finish my autobiography.”
Williams had some of the entertainers address the audience at the Moon River Grille in Branson.
“I am thrilled to death to be here,” Medley said. “We’re very honored to be at the same venue with a great entertainer like (Williams).
“Filling in for (Williams) is a tough job. We love Branson and this is a wonderful opportunity.”
In talking about the Comets, Williams remarked about their age,
“I like to book acts who are older than me,” Williams said. “Actually, they are great entertainers and I will enjoy what they have to share with audiences in Branson.”
The three original Comets include Joey Ambrose, Marshall Lytle and Dick Richards.
“We are so proud to be here,” Ambrose said. “Heck, at our age, we are proud to be anywhere. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we could not be more happy with coming here to share our talents.”