Following its engagement at the Irish Repertory Theatre, which ends Sept. 12, the Rooneys will decamp for the Americana Theater in Branson for a Nov. 1-Dec. 11 stay.
The Tony Award nominee, best known for his puckish film performances in the many "Andy Hardy" movies and such pictures as "Babes in Arms" and "Babes on Broadway," joins his wife, singer Jan Rooney, on stage. The entertainment includes songs and stories about the actor's M-G-M days, work and friendship with Judy Garland, his sundry ex-wives and more. Film clips are part of the experience, which was previously seen June 9- 12 at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles.
At 83, Rooney is an 80-year veteran of show business, having started as a child performer. He was Tony-nommed for Best Actor in a Musical in 1980 for his shticky turn in the vaudeville-burlesque revue, Sugar Babies, which was a smash on Broadway and on tour. In the early 1990s he was a replacement actor in Broadway's The Will Rogers Follies, playing Clem, the father of humorist Will Rogers.
Sam Kriger is musical director for Let's Put On a Show! It's presented by Irish Rep and Densmore Productions.
Ticket prices are $60 and $65. Performances play Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.