The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 13, 2008

<img src="" border=0> She's back in Branson: After four-year absence, entertainment icon Ann-Margret returns to the stage<font color="#ff0000"> w/ Ann-Margret interview audio, video and official Web site</font>

By Dave Woods

BRANSON, Mo. — Ann-Margret said she has many fond memories of her last on-stage engagement in Branson, but most of all she remembers the people.

“The people are extraordinary people,” she said. “They are the kind that are really hard-working, they never ask anyone for anything, they are patriotic and good people. That’s the way I was brought up. That’s the kind of people I happen to love.”

Now, after a four-year absence, Ann-Margret has returned to the stage at the Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre for a seven-week run with her friend of 46 years.

“I was just talking to Andy, and I told him the things I was going to do,” the sexy sexagenarian said in an interview a few days before her new show opened last Friday. “There are only two things in the show now that I did four years ago. Everything else is new.”

In fact, she said, the opening number she sings — the 1967 Jackie Wilson hit “Higher and Higher” — is one she has never performed before. “I certainly hope I don’t mess it up,” she added with a sultry laugh.

New songs, old favorites

The show, she said, will offer a little something for everyone.

Williams gets the musical ball rolling, then introduces Ann-Margret. They welcome the audience with several upbeat numbers including the perennial Samba favorite, “Girl from Ipanema,” during which she undulates around the stage. Williams’ show includes several of his well-known standards including “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Call Me Irresponsible” and, of course, his signature song, “Moon River.”

Ann-Margret takes a short break while Williams entertains the crowd and then, after the intermission, she returns to the stage for her half of the show.

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