- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Actress Shirley Jones signed autographs and toured downtown Mason City on Tuesday during a stay highlighted by her performance in a concert version of “The Music Man.”

The Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1s6XcSz ) Jones signed album covers, books and other items for people at an event at The Music Man Square.

It was the Academy Award winner’s fourth visit to Mason City, starting with a 1962 stop for the premiere of the movie version of “The Music Man.” Jones played Marian the librarian in the film.

This time, Jones is in Mason City as part of a seven-state tour with her son Patrick Cassidy, who is playing con man Harold Hill. Jones and Cassidy are producing “The Music Man in Concert,” and Jones is portraying Mrs. Paroo, Marian’s mother.

The show premiers Thursday at the North Iowa Community Auditorium.

Among those getting Jones’ autograph was Ken Anderson, of St. Ansgar, who was a driver for Jones when she visited Mason City in 1962. Back then, Jones signed a paperback book of “The Music Man” for Anderson, and Tuesday she signed it again.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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