Sweethearts of song: Lennon Sisters to sing at Civic Center
by Sally Litchfield
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The Lennon Sisters will perform on April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta. The April 27 performance features favorite songs from Broadway, girl groups such as the Shirelles and Andrew Sisters along with video tributes to Lawrence Welk, Andy Williams, their parents and much more. The sisters will have a meet-and-greet in the lobby after the performance. <br> Special to the MDJ
The Lennon Sisters will perform on April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta. The April 27 performance features favorite songs from Broadway, girl groups such as the Shirelles and Andrew Sisters along with video tributes to Lawrence Welk, Andy Williams, their parents and much more. The sisters will have a meet-and-greet in the lobby after the performance.
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“America’s Sweethearts of Song,” the Lennon Sisters, will perform at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center on April 27 at 3 p.m.

For more than 55 years, the sisters have enjoyed a career in entertainment winning the hearts of millions of American families. They bring their same enthusiasm and charm to Cobb County where they will perform a highly energetic variety show appropriate for all ages.

The four original sisters — Dianne, Peggy, Kathy, and Janet — were a mainstay on American television performing every Saturday night for 13 years between 1955 and 1968 on the Lawrence Welk Show. After Dianne and Peggy’s retirement, youngest sister Mimi joined the group forming the trio of Kathy, Janet and Mimi.

Today, the group makes Branson, Mo., their home at The Welk Champagne Theatre where they have remained popular with audiences for the last 20 years.

The April 27 performance features favorite songs from Broadway, girl groups such as the Shirelles and Andrew Sisters along with video tributes to Lawrence Welk, Andy Williams, their parents and much more. The sisters will have a meet-and-greet in the lobby after the performance.

“Our show is a nostalgia show,” Kathy Lennon said. “It takes people back. It brings back memories. It’s a very emotional kind of experience. It brings them back to watching television in earlier days and simpler times where they could sit with their parents and their grandparents and listen to us sing. It brings all of that back.”

The original Lennon Sisters were the eldest of 12 children. At the time, 15-year-old Dianne attended school with Larry Welk Jr. when his father’s show aired on ABC.

Welk Jr. happened to hear the sisters perform at a function. A month later, he invited them to sing for his father at their home.

“(Welk, Sr.) came out in a maroon smoking jacket and had a terrible cold. It was like out of the movies. He said, ‘My son says you can sing, so sing,’” Kathy Lennon said.

The sisters performed “He,” made famous by the McGuire Sisters. The girls then performed on Welk Sr.’s Christmas special on Christmas Eve in 1955.

“We were on every Saturday after that for 13 years. It was the only audition we ever had in our whole life and that was it. It’s like an old movie story,” Kathy Lennon said.

In 1968, the sisters collaborated with Jimmy Durante for a new show and then joined The Andy Williams’ Show. They have entertained worldwide and at home for celebrities and other programs such as “Hollywood Squares,” Merv Griffith, “Family Feud,” Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas, “Love American Style,” Perry Como and various Jerry Lewis MDA telethons.

Family is an important part of the sisters’ success.

“Our mom and dad kept us grounded. We’ve lasted because we get along and respect each other first as sisters, then as performers. Our career never defined who we were. We would sing on the Perry Como Show or sing on the Andy Williams Show and come home and change our little brothers’ and sister’s diapers, or do dishes, or do homework,” Kathy Lennon said. “It kept us grounded. Mom and Dad were incredible parents.”

“We’re looking forward to being back in Georgia. We hope that people will come so we can meet them and give us their stories. I know they will not be bored. Every age will enjoy it,” Kathy Lennon said.

To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or call the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre Box Office at (770) 528-8490. The box office is at the theater at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two hours before show time.

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Carol Merck
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April 24, 2014
Just a brief update on your story. They are no longer at the Welk Champagne Theater but are at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. They will be continuing the tradition of Andy Williams for the Christmas season starring with the Osmond Brothers. Plus they will be performing their own show there also. Check out www.andywilliamstheatre.com click on Shows.

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