Published Online: Mar 5, 2013
Moon River Contact
Kathe Hill/Marketing Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BRANSON, MISSOURI – March 5, 2013 – The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre announced today another one of the stars to headline this Fall’s “Moon River Weekends” with national entertainers each weekend in September and October. World renowned impressionist and comedian, Rich Little will perform this September on Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st. Both shows begin at 8pm and tickets are on sale now.
Rich Little will bring his one man show “Jimmy Stewart and Friends” to the Moon River stage on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21. The stage show is centered around Rich Little impersonating Jimmy Stewart as he reminisces and tells stories of all the stars and politicians from the past to the present. It’s a hilarious show that allows Rich Little to present all his fabulous impressions to the audience.
“We’re excited to have Rich Little coming to Moon River Theatre as the first guest in our Moon River Weekends Series. He is a tremendous addition to our 2013 line-up”, stated Lynn Meredith, General Manager of Moon River. “The Moon River Theatre will continue to be a legacy for our founder, Andy Williams and be the home of great singers and entertainers.”
Additional performers will be announced in the coming days.
About Rich Little
U.S. Presidents: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, both George Bushes...Rich Little has an impression of each of them.
Infamous for his skewing of political figures, Little has charmed, amused, annoyed and lampooned politicians from here to his native Canada. He entertained at both of Reagan’s presidential inaugurations and spent much of 2003 touring the United States with his show “The Presidents.”
A master mimic of more than 200 voices, Little continues to impress throughout the world, with regular stops in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Reno, Hawaii, Chicago, New York, Canada and London.
A professed classic movie buff, he's particularly fond of doing Alan Ladd (his childhood hero) and others who are no longer generally remembered, but Little has also latched on to Baby Boomer-friendly characters, such as Edith Bunker, Kermit the Frog, Robin Leach and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, to name a few.
Some of his favorite current impressions are of stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. "They're easy to do," he says. "They are larger than life."
Little says, “an impression is what you think a person sounds like. It could be an exaggeration or a cartoon. It's your impression. I think of an impersonation as more of an exact copy. Knowing the person personally is not important; it's knowing the speech patterns and mannerisms [in order] to imitate the person the way the public sees him."
The son of a doctor in Ottawa, Little started his "career" at the age of 12 when he answered back to his teachers in their own voices. Impressions came in handy to Little, while working as a disc jockey and talk show host. During one April Fool’s Day marathon, he had "Jimmy Durante" emcee the morning show, "James Mason" was a rock 'n' roll deejay and "Elvis Presley" hosted an afternoon program. Like the infamous 1939 broadcast of "War of the Worlds," 500 autograph-hungry Elvis-believing fans besieged the station, thinking the King was really there.
Appearances on TV variety shows starring Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell and Dean Martin followed, as well as on series such as Laugh-In, The John Davidson Summer Show and The Julie Andrews Show. Little also had his own variety show in the 70s and was the star of the TV show KopyKats. Little was a guest host early on for The Tonight Show, hosting 12 times. He quickly became a household name sitting in one of the Hollywood Squares and has also appeared on the Oak Ridge Boys Variety Special.
Named "Comedy Star of the Year" by the American Guild of Variety Artists. The perpetrator of nine comedy albums and three HBO comedy specials, as well as Emmy-award winning special “Rich Little's Christmas Carol” with “W.C. Fields” as Scrooge, “Humphrey Bogart" as one of the ghosts and "Paul Lynde" as Bob Cratchit.
His latest appearance on HBO was as Johnny Carson in the movie The Late Shift, which dealt with the race to succeed Carson on The Tonight Show. Little has appeared on the daytime soaps The Young and the Restless and Santa Barbara. He has made dramatic guest shots on Fantasy Island, Chips, Murder She Wrote, Hawaii Five-O, MacGyver, Police Woman and Mannix.
In a GQ magazine fashion spread, Little was pictured as Richard Nixon, Jack Nicholson, Cary Grant, George Burns, Ronald Reagan and Humphrey Bogart. In an Oscar pre-cast of ABC's Primetime (with Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson) he spoofed classic movies, proposing how they would end with different casts, starring Little as "Bette Midler" for Scarlett O'Hara and "Arnold Schwarzenegger" for Hamlet.
Over the years Little has been active with children's charities and he was co-host of the Canadian division of the Children's Miracle Network. He was inducted into the Miami Children's Hospital International Pediatrics Hall of Fame for his tireless efforts in fundraising on behalf of children. In June 1998, Little’s star was added to the Canadian Walk of Fame to go along with his current star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For Tickets to Rich Little and all the “Moon River Weekends” Shows at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in 2013, call 800-MOON-094 or visit Andy Williams.com