Osmond Brothers, Lennon Sisters keep Andy Williams’ tradition

Osmond Brothers, Lennon Sisters continue Andy Williams’energetic Christmas tradition

Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014 7:00 am
By Miranda Noland Special to the Globe

It has been a little more than two years since Andy Williams’s death from cancer, and two of the families he helped to launch are keeping his legacy alive with the Andy Williams Christmas Show.

The Osmond Brothers and The Lennon Sisters have joined forces for the second year to celebrate the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in Branson.

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“Last year was a tribute show to Andy. This year, it is much more of a fast-paced variety show that we all grew up doing,” said Jimmy Osmond, in a phone interview. He is youngest of the Osmond Brothers and the manager of the Moon River Theatre. “Andy was the one who taught us the ropes on that.”

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Joining The Osmond Brothers and The Lennon Sisters are a full range of performers.

Two-time International “Comedy Magician of the Year” Chipper Lowell delivers the laughs while the Andy Williams Ballroom Champions will remind the audience of the trained dancing seen on the popular “Dancing with the Stars.” The dancers and quick-change artists, Pasha and Aliona, are local favorites, and Osmond said they receive a standing ovation every night. The Lennon Sisters’ granddaughters’ singing appeals to the young and old, and the Moon River Orchestra plays all of the traditional Christmas songs.

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“If you’ve ever seen a variety show on television, come experience it live,” Osmond said. “It’s all the nostalgia and the music you’ve come to expect for a warm and fuzzy Christmas with all the energy of a network, primetime variety special.”

Williams’ presence is still felt in this annual holiday show. A tribute to the legend isn’t the only way he is represented, however. From archival footage of the late singer to performances of his most popular Christmas song, Williams is still very much a part of the celebration.

“Because The Osmonds and The Lennons have so many years performing with Andy, there is a lot of footage to take people back to those early days when we all grew up on television in the living room,” Osmond said. “Whether you’re in Europe or here, ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ is Andy’s song and is Christmas. He’s very well represented.”

Carrying on the traditions of the legendary Andy Williams is no small feat for Osmond, who got his start performing on Andy’s show when he was just 3 years old.

“I’m hugely humbled and grateful that he and his family had that much trust in me because this man’s career and legacy means so much.” With the mentoring Jimmy received from Andy, he feels fully capable of keeping the show true to Andy’s vision. “Hopefully, Andy would be proud.”

Want to go?
The Andy Williams Christmas Show with The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters is at 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at The Moon River Theatre, 2500 W 76 Country Blvd., Branson.
Details: 417-334-4500

Originally posted article with photos at The Joplin Globe

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