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Re: Ann Margaret & Andy Williams
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 07:51:26 AM »
Sadly, Andy Williams passed away in September 26, 2012.  Ann-Margret is still performing at 70.

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Ann Margaret & Andy Williams
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2011, 05:15:55 AM »

Ann-Margret is returning to Branson for a
six-week engagement

11:00 PM, Sep. 8, 2011|
It's only a voice coming through the
telephone, but the sound of it -- throaty,
sexy and at the same time, friendly -- is

Ann-Margret is returning to Branson for a
six-week engagement at the Andy Williams
Moon River Theatre, and she's eager to
talk about Branson, Williams and his
theater, her husband Roger Smith, their
three cats and their one dog, Missy. "She
thinks she's a cat," she said of the latter.
Missy is really a Maltese.

"I'm so excited about coming back to
Branson," she said. "It's been three years."
Ann-Margret first joined Williams onstage
at his theater in 2004. This will be her
third season in Branson, where she'll stay
for six weeks, accompanied by Smith,
Missy, the cats, her hairdressers and her
wardrobe manager.

Ann-Margret, who began her career in the
early 1960s, has a long list of films,
recordings, television appearances, awards
and nominations to her credit.

From "Bye Bye Birdie" to "Viva Las Vegas" to
"Carnal Knowledge" to "Grumpy Old Men,"
she's performed opposite a host of stars
including Dick Van Dyke, Elvis Presley, Jack
Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Jack Lemmon and
Walter Matthau.
Last year, Ann-Margret won an Emmy for
her appearance on TV's "Law and Order:

"I was thrilled," she said. "It was my sixth
nomination. Roger, my husband, he always
wants to protect me -- we've been married
44 years. Well, Roger said on the way
there, 'You know you're not going to get it,'
and I said, 'I know.'

"I was ready to hear another named called,
then when they announced it I was like,
'Oh, my goodness!' "

At one point while we're talking, I mention
to Ann-Margret that when I was growing up
near Memphis, my girlfriends and I loved
her movies, but we also hated her because
she got to perform with our local hero,

She grew quiet for a few moments, then
simply said, "I knew him for 14 years."

In case you don't remember what it was
like to watch them perform together, pull
up some clips on YouTube. It won't take
long to see the chemistry they shared.

Back to the present: Ann-Margret's
friendship with Williams has been a long

"I met him when I was 18," she said. "He
was best friends with (television, Las Vegas
and Broadway producer) Pierre Cossette,
who talked Andy into having me as a guest
on his show.

"I have so much fun with him," she added.
"Three years ago, we had a big storm. The
roof of the theater was leaking, and we had
to put towels on the floor.

"When Andy came out, I took him over to
the side of the stage and said, 'See this
leak? You own this theater, don't you? Are
you going to have this fixed?'

"I love to tease him."

The storms that year also tested the
theater's electricity. "At one point, I was
doing a ballad, and the lights went out,"
Ann-Margret said. "I told the audience, 'I'm
glad you're here!' "

Williams and Ann-Margret will each
perform solo for half the show, then the
two will appear together for 15 minutes of
each segment.

"The last 15 minutes, we'll close with 'New
York, New York,' " she said.

New this year will be a gospel segment,
featuring songs from Ann-Margret's new
CD "God is Love II." Her first gospel CD,
recorded in 2001 and titled "God is Love,"
was nominated for both Grammy and Dove

One track from "God is Love II" that Branson
crowds can look forward to is "Crying in the

"On my album, I did it with the Preston
Hollow Presbyterian Church Choir," she
said. "I recorded it in Dallas, and the choir
is a 140-voice ensemble from a Dallas
suburb. I've made it into a new part of my

Also on the CD is the gospel song
"Operator," which Ann-Margret and
Williams performed together last time she
was in Branson. She liked the number so
much, she said, that she included it on her
new album.

Other songs Branson audiences can look
forward to hearing include "Rescue Me,"
"Higher and Higher," "You're Nobody till

Somebody Loves You," "I Ain't Got Nobody"
and "Viva Las Vegas."

Ann-Margret is also excited about her
costumes for the show, "for the ladies in
the audience," she said, although the men
will likely enjoy them as well.

"I have two brand-new outfits," she said.
"When Andy first introduces me, I'm going
to be wearing a long black dress with poet

"The second is a bright yellow dress with
beads, and later I'll add a chiffon vest
that's just impossible to describe."

It doesn't end there, though. "When I first
come out in the yellow dress, I have a
feather coat with a 16-foot train.

"I'm crossing my fingers I don't trip."

Ann-Margret wears an Edith Head swimsuit in the 1966 film "The Swinger," in which her good-girl character poses as a swinger to get published in a Playboy-style magazine. / Associated Press

As she talks about Williams, their work
together and her experiences in Branson,
it's obvious she enjoys performing in the
Ozarks. Could area fans look forward to a
fourth visit in the future?

Ann-Margret doesn't hesitate to answer. "In
Branson, I feel so very welcome," she said.
"If I'm invited again, I'd love to come."

Want to go?

What: Andy Williams and Ann-Margret
When: 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday from Monday-Oct. 22 - Dec 10, 2011
Where: Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, 2500 W. Missouri 76, Branson
How much: $43
Information: 417-334-4500; toll free, 888-400-3001; www. andywilliams.com
Other new shows at Moon River

"Oh What a Night!," a musical tribute to Frankie Valle and The Four Seasons, is under way. The show, which recently moved from Las Vegas to Branson, features more than 20 hit songs, such as "Grease," "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Working My Way Back to You." Performances are at 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Oct. 22.

The Lennon Sisters will be a part of Andy Williams' 2011 Christmas season. The Lennon Sisters, who debuted on the Lawrence Welk Show in 1955, are known for hits such as "Tonight, You Belong to Me" and "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)." The Lennon Sisters appeared on Andy Williams' television show many times during the '60s and '70s. They will perform at 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Nov. 1 to Dec. 10.
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