BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A Branson attraction will end a 54-year run this month when "The Shepherd of the Hills" is performed for the last time this month.
The owners of Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre said Wednesday the play's last performance will take place October 19th. The outdoor drama was first staged in 1960.
Each production involves more than 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep and the burning of a cabin. The play is based on Harold Bell Wright's 1907 book about coming to the Ozarks homestead where the drama is set.
The owners cited declining attendance, rising costs and the federal health care overhaul as reasons for the closing. Summer tours of Old Matt's Cabin, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, will continue to be offered.
NEW YORK (AP) - Singer Andy Williams' eclectic art collection has brought $46 million at a New York City auction.
The works sold on Wednesday, the first of a two-day sale at Christie's.
The late singer's taste ranged from contemporary, impressionist and modern to Latin American and 20th century decorative art and design.
He collected over a 60-year period. The works were displayed at his California and Missouri homes, as well as his Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo.
Auction highlights included Willem de Koonings' "Untitled XVII," which fetched $9.7 million and Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Furious Man, which realized $5.7 million.
Williams died last year at age 84.
The baritone was known for his wholesome, middle-America appeal and easy-listening hits including the theme to the Oscar-winning tearjerker "Love Story."
City spokesman Garrett Anderson says the deaths likely happened around 11 p.m. Saturday night at the Queen Anne I motel. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the names of the victims weren't immediately released, pending notification of relatives.
Anderson says he can't provide details. Branson police will have a press conference Monday.
Southwest plans to offer one daily flight each to Chicago, Dallas and Houston.
Airport officials say Southwest will add a second daily flight to Chicago starting in June.