From the writers at RV Life Magazine.
The late Andy Williams moved his golf clubs, his hat, and his autographed Minnie Pearl picture to Branson, Ma., and settled right into his contemporary Moon River Theatre.
One of pop music’s biggest hit makers, Williams set precedence in the Midwest’s hottest entertainment town as the first entertainer from outside the country music field to launch his own theatre and show. Many naysayers shook their heads and predicted he would fail. But Andy Williams knew what he wanted and he set about building his unique Moon River Theatre anchored on 22 lush acres that rivals any major city’s park.
He studied the bluffs alongside Highway 65 leading into Branson from the South and hired masons and artisans to duplicate the weather-worn Ozark mountainside onto the outside of his theatre. Moon River, abundant with fish, flows around the outside of the theatre, falling in secluded corners into small waterfalls. No detail was lacking down to the forest of Bradford pear trees forming a veritable forest in the green spaces on the parking lot slanting on a hillside behind the theatre.
Inside the theatre, halls and staircases lead to several levels. Walls are decorated with Williams’ art collection. In the main auditorium, 2000 guests are seated comfortably in tiered sections. After the theatre’s completion, Williams stated: “…the theatre is just the right size for me. The sound and lighting are state-of-the-art. Everyone in the audience can see the stage. Branson’s crowds are nice and I’ve never been happier performing anywhere else!”
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