Category Archives: Branson Shows

Acrobats of China is an unbelievable summer entertainment adventure!

The Amazing Acrobats of China!

When describing the Acrobats of China Featuring The New Shanghai Circus Show words like “Amazing,” “incredible, and “unbelievable” immediately come to mind. Enjoying this show and its color, pageantry, and unbelievable human skill, strength, and beauty is something that families have been experiencing together in Branson for over 19 years. The skill, agility, strength, and endurance of these performers is beyond belief.

From the beginning to end, there’s a constant seamless flow of exciting acts. From strength and juggling acts, to the delicacy of balancing 55 pounds on a one ounce feather, each act’s amazing! They’re like separate shows, in terms of colorful costuming, set design, lighting, choreography, music, and presentation. Yet, they flow seamlessly from one to the other with no dead time providing about 2 hours of the most amazing, incredible, and unbelievable entertainment in Branson

I had the opportunity to talk with a grandmother and her six-year-old granddaughter who were visiting Branson. The grandmother said that she had brought her older granddaughter to see the show several years ago and liked it so much that she brought her two younger granddaughters back to see it. Her six -year-old granddaughter said that she was really enjoying the show and thought that other kids her age would too. I asked the grandmother, “Do you think that this show can entertain kids and adults simultaneously?” Without hesitation she said, “Definitely!”

That’s a critical distinction with Branson entering that part of its season where families, with kids of all ages, come for vacation. The content of all the Branson shows that I have seen over the last 31 years is “kid friendly.” There are very few however, that will hold a kid’s interest throughout most of the show. There are still fewer still that can do it for kids and adults simultaneously. The Acrobats of China Featuring The New Shanghai Circus, is one of these!

It’s “a visual display of spectacular beauty and athletic endurance that seems nearly impossible. These “graceful, skilled artists will keep your rapt attention throughout the show with a revolving line-up of award-winning acts.” These include the Spinning Girls; Diabolos; Butterfly Lovers, an exquisite Silks act representing a touching story of love and much more. Three of my favorite acts were:

Cycling: It had all the beauty, color, excitement, and daring that I expected and “then some.” It’s an amazing thing to see as one of the riders flips from one moving cycle to the other and how many they fit on one cycle. No, it’s unbelievable, but I saw it with my own eyes!

Rope Skills: It has rope twirling, as you have never seen it before, performed by both individuals and groups as well as a jump rope set, unlike anything I have ever seen. Figuratively speaking, this unique high energy act blew my socks off.

Hoop Diving: Folks this isn’t your grandmother’s hoop diving act. This high energy, high flying act had more action going on than you could shake a stick at. Even though I’ve seen hoop diving before, this segment was unbelievable. These guys take hoop diving to a new exciting level.

If you are looking for a Branson show filled with high energy, color, daring, and excitement that will entertain adults and kids simultaneously the Acrobats of China Featuring The New Shanghai Circus is for you. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat eagerly waiting for what’s coming next! For additional information or tickets please contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through its website, www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

If The Haygoods 25th Anniversary show was a diamond it’d be the “Hope Diamond!”

“Banjo Boy” jetting in, Dominic on the sax with “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Catherine playing “Some Where Over The Rainbow,” and instruments like you’ve never seen before!

There are many different diamonds in the world, but there’s only one Hope Diamond. Branson has many great live shows, but there is only one The Haygoods show! The talent of the Haygoods, their technical innovations, and production easily makes it the Hope Diamond of Branson’s music shows. It simultaneously entertains both adults and children with two hours of the most exciting, colorful, high energy, and talent filled shows in Branson.

The Haygoods got to their 25th year of entertaining Branson audiences one performance at a time. Throughout 7,000 performances and entertaining over six million people, they left “each” with the feeling that they’ve been a part of a unique special entertainment experience. I know because I have been one of the millions, most recently a couple of weeks ago.

I am constantly amazed at just how fresh and exciting it is each time I see it, but this time it really “blew my socks off!” The new special effects, created by Michael Haygood, are simply amazing. My favorite was the beautiful images coming from the instruments as they were being played. WOW, and that’s just one thing! The costuming, its color, and shows technical innovations have no equal on any Branson musical show. Large LED screens, special effects, and dramatic overhead entries onto the stage all add to the excitement and enjoyment of the show.

All that’s fine, but it’s a music show, and what a music show it is! The Haygood siblings, six brothers Timothy, Pat, Dom, Shawn, Mike, and Matt and their sister Catherine, are some of the best vocalists and instrumentalists in Branson. The show’s drummer, for the last ten years, is Dino Phillips. When they come together, the music; bluegrass, gospel, country, pop, patriotic, or anything else is amazing!

While realizing that my favorites might not be the same as someone else’s, I traditionally list three favorite parts in each show I write about. From among many, Catherine’s playing of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on the harp was an elegant, unique, and special experience. Their acapella version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, featuring Michael, was as inspiring as it was beautiful. The Haygoods performance of the Hank Williams Classic, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, with Dominic featured on the sax, adds a wonderful new dimension to this classic country gem.

It’s not just some very talented performers singing and playing or some of the best special affects you will see in any music show in Branson. There’s more than unique colorful costumes, great production, charisma, and choreography. It’s the total entertainment experience that results when it all comes together.

No, it’s more than that! From the beginning to the end, it’s an exciting musical “adventure” for the family to share together. An adventure filling the senses with great music, energy, excitement, color, and action, the likes of which will not be seen on any other Branson stage. Whether it’s back flips, fire canons, high-energy mountain tap dancing, or something else, you’re always anticipating what’s coming next. That’s how they entertain both children and adults, simultaneously and to similar levels of enjoyment. That’s why The Haygoods are celebrating their 25th year in Branson!

For information on The Haygoods show or any other Branson show, please contact the Branson Tourism Center. It’s Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of Branson show and attraction tickets and lodging. Reach them by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through its website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Branson’s most “Legendary” show!


Céline Dion is just one of the many legendary stars appearing in the Legends in Concert show during 2017.

“Where else in Branson can a person go to be entertained by the likes of ‘Céline Dion,’ ‘Michael Jackson,’ and ‘Frank Sinatra’?” asked Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. Of course, the rhetorical question was referring to the Legends in Concert show, known for the variety of its “legendary stars,” and excitement and quality of its productions. Here’s the schedule of the “legendary” stars scheduled to perform throughout 2017:

SPRING: Through May 16

Through May 11: The Temptations
Through May 16: George Strait
Through May 16: The Blues Brothers™
Through May 16: Elvis
Through May 16: Adele
May 12-May16: Michael Jackson

MAY 18-21 Menopause The Musical

SUMMER: May 22-Sept 5

May 22-Sep. 5: Céline Dion
May 22-Sep. 5: Brooks and Dunn
May 22-Sep. 5: Michael Jackson
May 22-Sep. 5: The Blues Brothers™
May 22-Sep. 5: Elvis
June-July Only: SPECIAL GUEST- Bruno Mars

FALL: Sep.7-Oct 31

Sep.7-Oct 31: Frank Sinatra
Sep.7-Oct 31: Aretha Franklin
Sep.7-Oct 31: Johnny Cash
Sep.7-Oct 31: The Blues Brothers™
Sep.7-Oct 31: Elvis

CHRISTMAS: Nov.2-Dec. 31

Nov.2-Dec. 31: Michael Jackson
Nov.2-Dec. 30: Barbra Streisand
Nov.2-Dec. 31: Alan Jackson
Nov.2-Dec. 31: The Blues Brothers™
Nov.2-Dec. 31: Elvis
Dec. 31: Cher SPECIAL GUEST-NEW YEARS EVE

“Being a part of the Legends in Concert family, we have access to wonderful cast of “legends” from which to pick acts for our show. We are really excited about our schedule and the opportunity it gives us to be able to present Branson audiences with a variety of high quality legendary entertainment,” said Jeannie Horton, the General Manager, of Branson’s  Legends in Concert. “It’s designed to bring in  ‘legends’ that will entertain and appeal to the audiences we believe will be in Branson during a particular time of the year.”

In addition, she said that they are really excited about the limited engagement performance of Menopause The Musical, performing May 18-21, as part of their National tour. “Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage, but a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal!”

The Branson premier gives Branson audiences, albeit for short time, a chance to “see what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years” in this “groundbreaking, hilarious celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change!”

For additional information or tickets on the Legends in Concert, Menopause The Musical, or tickets for any of Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

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Is “Menopause” different in Branson?


The ladies of “Menopause The Musical” celebrating a disco moment.

“Not if we’re talking about Menopause The Musical,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “The National Touring Company of this funny musical parody will perform it, in Branson, the same way it has for millions over the last 14 years,” she added.

“It’s exciting to bring this hysterical musical to Branson for the first time,” said Jeannie Horton, the General Manager, for Branson’s Legends in Concert. She said the show’s 60s, 70s, and 80s music will have you dancing in the aisles as four women, who seemingly have nothing in common, discover just how similar they are.

Set in a department store, the four women “make fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.” They form a sisterhood as they musically, and hilariously, come to a common realization, “Menopause is no longer ‘The Silent Passage;’” it’s a normal stage in every woman’s life!

“Bring the waterproof mascara because you’ll laugh so hard, you’ll cry. With humor and compassion, writer, producer, and lyricist Jeanie Linders has captured the experiences of every woman in her 40s and 50s,” said Leslie Fischer of ChicagoCritic.com.

Menopause The Musical will be in Branson, for a four day six performance limited engagement, May 18 through May 21. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this hilarious musical in Branson! For more information or ticketing please call the Branson Tourism Center at 1-800-785-1550 or visit their website www.BransonTourismCenter.Com.

 

Best Branson Insider Highlights for May 2017

The Million Dollar Quartet; dresses worn by “Rose”, Kate Winslet,  in the movie “Titanic;” and White Water’s KaPau Plummet.

“May is the month when all of Branson’s shows and attractions are fully open and running for the 2017 season,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “From our lakes to our great live shows, there’s fresh excitement, adventure, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy in Branson during 2017,” she added.

Along with our highlight list, containing some of the best of what’s going on in Branson during May, here’s our Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the Month:

Featured Show of the Month: The Million Dollar Quartet has quickly become one of Branson’s most popular do not miss shows. Live on the Branson stage, the musical that the hit CMT TV drama “Sun Records” is based on. It’s a show about one of the greatest jam sessions in rock n’ roll history. A once in a lifetime impromptu gathering of four young recording legends-to-be, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, that took place on December 4, 1956, in the Memphis storefront recording studio of Sun Records. It would have been a forgotten page of history, but for the resurfacing of an unknown recording of it decades later. It became the inspiration for the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet that shares the music, spontaneity, and drama of what happened that day, as these four legends performed together for their first and last time.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: The last 42 days to see the Titanic Museum Attraction’s display of actual costumes worn in the “Titanic.” 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the premier of the blockbuster hit movie. It went on to win eleven Academy Awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Costume Design.” Now, for the first time, and only through June 11, 2017, visitors to the Museum can view a collection of the actual costumes worn in the movie.

The costumes are displayed throughout the museum. Each is in an appropriate setting that enhances the viewing experience. During a recent tour of the exhibit with First Class Maid Jamie, she said, “Everyone comes to the Museum and asks, ‘Where’s Jack?’ Well we don’t have ‘Jack,’ but what we do have is one of the costumes that Leonardo DiCaprio’s, ‘Jack,’ wore in the movie.” They will be on display in Branson through June 11, after which they will moved to the Pigeon Forge Titanic Museum Attraction, where they will be displayed from June 17 through Labor Day.

Featured Event of the Month: White Water, Southwest Missouri’s largest water park, opens with two million gallons of cool wet fun ensconced in a 13 acre Polynesian themed “island” in the middle of the Ozarks. Its $1.7 million thrill ride, KaPau Plummet, launches riders from a drop-floor, four stories in the air, into a 70-degree plunge into a thrilling 240-foot spiraling loop slide to the bottom. And that’s just one ride! When you add in the iconic seven story multiple slide Kalani Towers; Aloha River at Hula Bay, with “over 800 feet of unexpected twists and turns, fountains, misters, bubblers, geysers, a 30-foot tall tiki water tower; and so much more, it’s easy to understand why White Water is sometimes referred to as “Mid-America’s Nearby Island Adventure.”

Limited Engagements (Sorted by starting date.)

May 1: Larry’s Country Diner-T. Graham Brown
May 2: Larry’s Country Diner-Jimmy Fortune
May 3: Larry’s Country Diner-Gene Watson
May 4: Larry’s Country Diner-Mo and Holly Pitney
May 5: Larry’s Country Diner-Mark Wills
May 14: Vicki Lawrence and Mama
May 18-21: Menopause The Musical
May 31: The Bellamy Brothers

Special Event Highlights (Sorted by starting date.)

May 1-31: Ozark Mountain Shindig Festival
May 1-31: Trail of Art
May 4-29: Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival at Silver Dollar City
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
May 5-6: Scott’s Challenge Firefighter Combat in Branson!
May 6: MDA Muscle Walk
May 12: Wanda Durant to Speak
May 14: Mother’s Day Cruise on Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess
May 14: Happy Mother’s Day
May 14: Keeter Center Mother’s Day Brunch
May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch at Chateau on the Lake
May14: Level 2 Steakhouse Mother’s Day Brunch
May 14: Big Cedar & Top of the Rock Mother’s Day Brunches
May 14: Branson Center Stage Mother’s Day Brunch
May 18: Shindig Festival – Jammin’ at Area 57
May 20: Armed Forces Day
May 20: Kayak Branson’s Biggest Flotilla Adventure on Lake Taneycomo
May 20: Reeds Spring Cajun Days
May 20: Annual Casino Night, BBQ, and Silent Auction – VVA Chapter 913
May 20-21: Summer Splash In-Water Boat Show
May 22: Annual Veterans Benefit Show
May 26-27: Treasure Lake RV Resort Wood Carvers Club Show and Sale
May 26-29: Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlets
May 27: Shindig Festival – The Shindig Shuffle
May 27-Jun 2: Ballparks of America – Memorial Day Classic (10U-13U)
May 28: Celebrate Memorial Day with Chateau of the Lake
May 29: Memorial Day
May 29: Memorial Day Service
May 29-30: Branson Landing’s Annual School Shoes For Kids

For additional information on these events, Branson’s shows and attractions, or lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550 and talking with a Branson-based vacation planning specialist. They will be delighted to answer any questions, and assist you with show or lodging reservations and there’s absolutely no charge for this service.

 

The Texas Tenors delight Branson audiences “doing it their way!”

The Texas Tenors, Marcus Collins, right; J.C. Fisher, and John Hagen.

The Texas Tenors meteoric ‘Rise’ to fame is proof positive that “You Should Dream.” Since their national debut on NBC’s hit prime time show America’s Got Talent in 2009, they have become one of the most popular singing groups in America. In addition, to a full concert schedule and many hit recordings, they have filmed two PBS Specials, “You Should Dream” and their newest, which will air shortly, “Rise.”

The Texas Tenors have been entertaining Branson audiences since 2010. Having just seen their 2017 show recently, I can say without a doubt that 2017 is all that, and more! From their first number to the last, the power, beauty, and intensity of each totals up to an unforgettable entertainment experience that should not be missed!

The show is in concert format. And what a concert it is! The Texas Tenors, Marcus Collins, J.C. Fisher, and John Hagen perform many covers and original music. This includes country, classical, gospel, Broadway, and more.

The Texas Tenor entertainment experience is more than just their pure vocal talent, wonderful harmonies, and innovative arrangements. Oh, that’s the focal point, but their innate ability to relate to their audience and get them involved in the performance is a powerful dynamic. When combined and choreographed with a large LED Screen and a great live band, it’s easy to see why this show is one of Branson’s most popular music shows. The band consists of some of the best musicians in Branson including Larry Hensen, Keyboard; Mitch Keirsey, Guitar; and Ryan Hurn, Drums.

In each show piece that I write, I pick three of my favorite numbers to highlight. I confess that’s hard to do with this show because there are so many “favorites.” In any event, here they are and why. My first is the opening number, Alabama’s Play Me Some Mountain Music, because I love the song and the way they perform it. The performance of Vincero Perdero, (I Will Win, I Will Lose,) by J. C. Fisher and John Hagen was something! Although the words are sung in Italian they were displayed on the large screen. The way they sang separate parts and then joined together was magnificent!

The performance of the 1965 hit, That Loving Feeling, honoring “Righteous Brothers” Bill Medley, was another special highlight. It fully integrated the talents of The Texas Tenors, the band, and the giant LED screen into a spectacular performance. Bill Medley’s singing on the screen was synced with the live performance so that it appeared he was actually singing with them. It was a pure joy to see and hear.

I must mention one more, the Eagles hit, Desperado. Like Vincero Perdero , It’s a perfect illustration of how they start a song separately, each adding their own touch, and then come together for a powerful finish. What a beautiful job!

The show flew by and, fittingly ends with Frank Sinatra’s, I Did It My Way. From a The Texas Tenors perspective “Doing It Their way” is two of the finest hours of music you will hear anywhere. It ends all too soon!

Want tickets or more information on The Texas Tenors, or any of Branson’s other shows, attractions or lodging? Contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling its toll free number, 1-800-785-1550, or through www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Awesome Branson shows that will delight the whole family!

The Acrobats of China performing some of their incredible feats.

“There’s so much for families and kids to see and do in Branson,” said Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “It has natural beauty, museums, attractions, and rides of all kinds, lakes, Silver Dollar City, live shows, and so much more. It’s hard to imagine a place where kids and families can have a more fun filled vacation than in Branson, Missouri,” he continued.

The quality, quantity, and variety of its live shows is well-known. There’s not one of its 120 live shows in Branson where the content is not suitable for families to enjoy together. There are however, some shows that younger children are more likely to enjoy than others.

Typically, a child’s reaction and enjoyment of a show will depend on how much it holds their interest. This includes things like action, magic, color, or something else they can relate to. It might be the characters, story, seeing other kids performing, a type of music, or something else. The longer their interest is held, the more they will enjoy the show. We believe the following shows will hold the interests of children and adults alike:

Acrobats of China is a colorful fast moving show appealing to children because of its many different acts of strength, agility, coordination and daring. There’s constant action, colorful costumes, beauty, and pageantry. The same thing that makes it a great show for children makes it great entertainment for adults too

They truly are “Amazing Pets!”

Amazing Pets will hold children’s interest from the beginning to the end. It’s a delightful  combination of performing cats and dogs, beautiful exotic birds, colorful costuming, and interaction with the kids in the audience. One thing is certain, the antics of these pets is “amazing!”

The Buckets N Boards Comedy Percussion Show is a one of a kind show. It features precise percussion on a variety of surfaces, delightfully silly songs, tap dancing, and lots of laughter. Kids and adults alike just love this show! How good is it? It’s one of the most popular shows on Disney Cruise Lines.

Dixie Stampede features exciting entertainment and a four-course feast eaten “Dixie Stampede Style.” “Dixie” boasts various fun features that include the lumberjack relay, racing pigs, buffalo, 32 beautiful horses, all presented amid constant excitement, color, and pageantry. Canine Capers, is a new act for 2017. It features “an action-packed exhibition of ‘man’s best friends!’ This stunt dog relay event includes Fly-Ball racing, agility course, and high jump in an exciting head-to-head competition.” Add some friendly competition and the result is an experience the whole family will enjoy from beginning to end.

it Starring the Hughes Brothers & Their Families combines, color, action, and the incredible talents of this family into one of the most entertaining shows on any Branson stage. It’s filled with music, dancing, fun and humor as the Hughes family shares their family with yours for two of the most entertaining hours in Branson. Kids love the strategically placed performances by the Hughes’ kids. This show is as inspiring as it is entertaining and is enjoyed by both adults and kids throughout.

What kid doesn’t love magic? Here are two of Branson’s best:

Illusionist Rick Thomas will have you wondering if you can believe what you are seeing. He uses his exceptional showmanship and the talents of his beautiful wife, Tara, to present a Branson show of stunning illusions, excitement, and spectacular beauty! His ability to interact with the kids and adults in the audience is “magic.” He uses some of them in his illusions as he magically delivers a message that is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

From the illusions of Dave and Denise Hamner to Gakita the gorilla, flying cockatoos, Wayne Newton, and much more, Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show delights all ages throughout the show. It’s truly a one of a kind magical experience “where birds appear, people fly, and voices soar!”

For more information or tickets for any of these shows, please contact the Branson Tourism Center. They can be reached by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

For great country music see Raiding the Country Vault!

Raiding The Country Vault’s Billy Yates and Michael Peterson

Raiding the Country Vault is in its first full season in Branson. No glitz and fancy theatrical effects in this show. Just 90 minutes of great traditional country music classics with an outstanding cast performing music they know, love, and respect.

Every song in the show is a country classic that most, whether a country music fan or not, will recognize. The cast performing them has worked with, or written songs for, the country music legends who made them a hit. Billy Yates, lead vocals and guitar, a Missouri Native, co-wrote the Emmy Award winning song, Choices and the George Jones Classic, I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair. Michael Peterson, lead vocals and guitar, performs his hit Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie. Other cast members have performed with Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams, Jr., George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and other country music legends. These include Michelle Poe, lead vocals and bass; Keith Horne, lead guitar; David Smith, piano; Melody Hart, lead vocals and fiddle; Steve Ramsey, keyboard; Peter Generous, drums; and Scott Kwapiszski, pedal steel and banjo.

The production is elegant in its simplicity. Legendary country music presented by some of the finest country talent ever to grace a Branson stage. As each song is being performed, information about the song and the artist who made it famous is presented on a giant screen adding even more enjoyment to the performance

From many, here are my four favorite highlights from the show. Michelle Poe did a beautiful job on Patsy Cline’s hit Crazy. Charlie Daniels’ hit, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, featuring Melody Hart on the fiddle and Billy Yates, on the guitar was awesome. How special was it to hear Michael Peterson perform his hit Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie and hear Billy Yates’ sing the song he co-wrote for George Jones, I Don’t Need No Rocking Chair!  There’s something special about hearing someone perform a hit song they have written or sung.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the shows Finale! The integration of the full cast performing Forever Country, with the actual Forever Country video of the one-time gathering of the 30 country music stars performing it, is as inspiring as it is entertaining. What an appropriate way to end such a great show. One that ended all too quickly.

For more information or tickets for Raiding the Country Vault, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, by calling  1-800-785-1550 or visiting  www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Runaway entertainment on Clay Cooper’s awesome Country Express

The amazing Clay Cooper.

“What you see is what you get” is a common expression. With Clay Cooper the man, what you see and get is one awesome individual. With Clay Cooper the performer, what you see and get is one awesome entertainer. With Clay Cooper’s Country Express, what you see and get is two hours of some of the most awesome entertainment on any Branson stage. It’s an express ride that simultaneously entertains adults and children alike with a constant variety of great music, superb dancing, comedy, fun, laughter, and joy.

Clay Cooper is the Engineer on this entertainment express, powering it with his extraordinary personality and musical talent. Whether its Garth Brook’s Thunder Road or the shows finale, an original song, America Stand Strong, written by his wife, Tina, Clay’s musical talents are as obvious as they are a pleasure to hear.

And, it doesn’t stop with just musical talent. His innate ability to relate to his audience and draw them into their own entertainment experience is amazing. Each performance is as different as a snowflake as he goes into the audience and interacts with them. His uses a warm, comfortable, and friendly style, that has everyone relaxing, having fun, and laughing. No funny costumes or skits, just the heart of the man interacting with the hearts of his audience. It is truly a joy to experience!

Another unique and awesome aspect of this show is its dancers. The show’s choreographer is Tina Cooper. She’s not only a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a “Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theatre and a Minor in Dance,” but an accomplished dancer with extensive dancing and show experience.

Dancing is woven into many of the numbers in the show, some as a feature and some subtly, but in every case adding another entertaining element to a great show. The dancing performance while Clay is singing Garth Brook’s Thunder Road was exquisite and is a perfect example of how much the dancing enhances the overall enjoyment of the show and what makes this show so unique and special.

For most shows that would be enough, but not on Clay Cooper’s Country Express! Longtime Branson favorite, Kari Garrison is the featured female vocalist. Clay Cooper’s Country Express Band features some of the finest musicians in Branson. Johnny Lonestar’s gun slinging, whip, and rope act is amazing.  The talented and versatile Matt Gumm does everything from comedy to playing the Hammered Dulcimer and he does it well.

This is one of the few Branson musical shows, variety or otherwise, with the ability to simultaneously entertain both kids and adults throughout the show. From a vocal perspective, the show features quality “peer to peer” performances and appearances by Colt Cooper, Ezrah Noelle, Cadin Cooper, and Rosie Cheek.  Johnny Lonestar’s act and Matt Gumm’s routines appeal to both kids and adults alike. The pace of the show, its variety, costuming, dancing, and constant action also hold the interest and appreciation of kids and adults alike.

This show is an “express” ride through two plus hours of the most engaging, energetic and talented entertainment available in Branson. It’s hosted by a performer who can work an audience as beautifully as he sings and his wife choreographs and dances. It’s just keeps getting better and better, you don’t want to miss this show!

For more information on the Clay Cooper’s Country Express Show, or tickets for any of Branson’s shows or attractions, please contact the Branson Tourism Center. You may talk with them personally through one of their Branson based Vacation Specialists by 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

Best Branson Insider Highlights for April 2017

There just something special about Spring in the Ozarks!

April is the month where our Ozark Hills bloom into the full freshness and beauty of spring,” said, Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “April is also when Branson’s shows and attractions ‘burst into the bloom’ of their 2017 seasons,” she added.

Here’s our Featured Show and Event of the Month, with a list of the highlights of special events you can enjoy in Branson during the month of April:

Featured Show of the Month: The Haygoods are celebrating their 25th year of entertaining Branson Audiences in 2017. Starting as youngsters at Silver Dollar City, these incredible artists have developed a unique iconic style of quality high energy entertainment. They are constantly re-energizing and changing their performances throughout the year to meet the expectations of their anticipated audience. How good is this show? When I saw it, I wrote, “Based on over 30 years of seeing Branson shows, I can testify to the fact that it’s, “Really terrific!” A WOW, WOW, and WOW, on a Three WOW Scale with three WOWs being as high as you can get! From the “Get go,” its two hours of the most unique, innovative, talented, energetic, personable, and exciting entertainment you will ever experience on a Branson stage.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Kris Kristofferson for one night only! Heralded as an artist’s artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner wrote and recorded the hit songs Me and Bobby McGee, For the Good Times, Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down and Help Me Make It Through the Night. In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and was honored with the American Veteran’s Association’s “Veteran of the Year Award” in 2002.

Featured Event of the Month: Branson.com Honors Purple Heart Recipients, Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22. It’s a unique event remembering, honoring, serving, and entertaining those receiving the ‘Purple Heart’ as the result of combat wounds suffered while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s designed to allow time for the attendees to spend time with one another, experience Branson, and participate in events that honor, entertain and support them. All the activities are free to Purple Heart Recipients. For additional information or to Register, please call 1-800-268-4014 or go to the Branson.Com Honors Purple Heart Recipients website.

Limited Engagements (Sorted by starting date.)

Apr 7: Kris Kristofferson
Apr 7: The Dean Z Show
Apr 8: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest
Apr 12: Ricky Nelson Remembered
Apr 19-20: Boot Daddy Presents Gene Watson
Apr 21-22: Oak Ridge Boys
Apr 21-22: Branson Music Fest

Special Event Highlights (Sorted by starting date.)

Apr 1-2: Big Bass Tour Table Rock Tournament
Apr 1-May 31: Ozark Mountain Shindig Festival
Apr 6-8: 2017 Kenneth Copeland Branson Victory Campaign
Apr 6-30: Silver Dollar City Presents a Festival of Wonder
Apr 8: FLW Ozark Division Bass Fishing Tournament
Apr 8: C.A.M. Benefit Trout Tournament
Apr 8: Easter Bunny Festival
Apr 15: MCDA Cheer and Dance Championships
Apr 15: Hollister Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 15: Branson RecPlex Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 15: Easter Egg Hunt – Rockaway Beach
Apr 16: Easter Cruise on Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess
Apr 16: Easter Shopping at Tanger Outlets
Apr 16: Easter Brunch at Chateau on the Lake
Apr 16: Easter Weekend in Branson
Apr 16: Keeter Center Easter Brunch
Apr 17-Apr 23: Legends of Golf Presented by Bass Pro Shops
Apr 19: College of the Ozarks to dedicate The Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial
Apr 20: Hootenanny in the Park
Apr 20-22: Branson.com Honors Purple Heart Recipients Weekend
Apr 21-22: Branson Music Fest
Apr 21-22: The Branson Collector Car Auction
Apr 21-23: Taneycomo Throwdown
Apr 27-28: JMH Righteous Revolution Rally
Apr 29: Kayak Branson’s Biggest Flotilla Adventure on Lake Taneycomo

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550 and talking with a Branson-based vacation planning specialist. They will be delighted to answer any questions, and assist you with show or lodging reservations and there’s absolutely no charge for this service