BRANSON, Mo., August 17, 2012 — In a previous review of this show this writer said, “Saying the Legends in Concert Show is just another tribute show is like saying the ‘Kentucky Derby’ is just another horse race. There are horse races and there is the ‘Kentucky Derby.’ There are tribute shows and there is the ‘Legends in Concert Show.’” After seeing the Legends in Concert on August 11, all that can be said is, “Its only gotten better, don’t miss this show if you want to see one of the most unique and entertaining shows in Branson.”
The foundation of the show, is celebrity impersonators recreating legendary superstar performers. Each recreation of these legendary superstars is a wonderful artistic performance incorporating the voice, mannerisms and looks of the star being recreated which is fabulous on its own. When combined with the rest of the shows cast, great production and choreography the result is no less than a “legendary” entertainment experience.
While acknowledging that the stars of the show are the “Legends” performing, it is the combination of their performances and the versatility and talent of the band and the shows dancers and vocalists that help make it such an outstanding entertainment experience. It makes no difference if it’s the music and performance style of Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, the Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson, or Elvis, these talented instrumentalists, dancers and singers adapt to that music and style seamlessly, adding an additional element of reality and enjoyment to each of the “Legends” performances. Although apparent throughout the show, perhaps nowhere was it more obvious than during William Hall’s recreation of “Michael Jackson.” It was amazing!
The “Legends in Concert Band is composed of Kevin Allen, Guitar/Band Leader; Lyman Clark, Keyboard; Eddie Howard, Drums and Brian Zerbee, Bass Guitar. The “Legends in Concert Dancers” are Dance Captain Stephanie Drey, Elisha Conner, Jamie Curry Cindy Dardas, Larry Miller, and Stephanie Richardson. Conner and Richardson also do an excellent job in providing the vocal backup for many of the shows numbers.
The typical Legends in Concert show features five recreations. Two of them, the “Blues Brothers,” portrayed by Bucky Heard and Justin Clark and “Elvis Presley” portrayed by Dean Z are Branson based and are in every show. The other three come from a constantly evolving cast of “super star legends.” Appearing in the show I saw, and until September 2, are Annika Weaver as “Faith Hill,” Zach Parrish as “Tim McGraw” and William Hall as “Michael Jackson.”
Each of the “Legends” did a mini concert “set,” consisting of four to six hits from the careers of the superstars they were impersonating, complete with its own costuming, musical arrangements and choreography. This writer’s personal favorite number from each “set” was Faith Hill’s medley including “This Kiss” and “The Way You Love Me;” Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying;” the Blues Brother’s “Shout,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Elvis Presley’s “If I Can Dream.”
The duets of “Let’s Make Love” and “It’s Your Love,” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were beautiful and the way they were worked into the production during each of their separate sets added yet another pleasant surprise to an already wonderful show. The energy and excitement of the Blues Brothers’ performance is special and a great way to end the first half of the show. Speaking of energy and excitement, the performance of Michael Jackson was a super way to start the second half of the show. In this writer’s opinion, the back to back performances of the “Blues Brothers” and “Michael Jackson,” with its accompanying choreography, costuming and involvement from the Legends In Concert Dancers and Band was a unique joy to experience and nothing short of extraordinary.
The synergy and excitement of this show, resulting from the combination of the “superstars” impersonators, the band, dancers, colorful costuming and great production provides Branson audiences with a unique and exceptional entertainment experience. For additional information or tickets for Legends in Concert or any of Branson’s other shows, attractions and activities or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. Branson Tourism Center can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.