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Presleys’ Country Jubilee has new music, comedy, lights, set and shopping

Three generations of Presley comedy and the Branson consecutive years performing record holders, Gary "Herkimer" Presley, red shirt hat, and Steve Presley, Drummer, who have been performing in the show since 1967.

BRANSON, MO, March 4, 2013 — Branson’s First Family of Entertainment, the Presleys will kick off their 47th live show season at 8p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013 in their original theater built in 1967 on Branson’s famous Highway 76 Strip. Three generations of Presley family members, plus a cast of multi-talented entertainers, can be seen six nights a week in an all-new show full of country hits, classic country favorites, Southern gospel and hilarious comedy.

“Every year we bring back parts of the show our audiences love best, but over 75 percent of the music and comedy is always new,” according to co-producer, Gary Presley, also known as the lovable hillbilly character, Herkimer. “Now, the mistakes are always new every night, and that’s what makes it fun!”

Also new for the 2013 season is a state-of-the-art stage set that will give the show a new look and feel while keeping with the tradition of the original theater on the Strip. Brand new eco-friendly LED stage lights also promise to add fresh pizazz to the show while saving energy and reducing the show’s carbon footprint.

Before and after the show, guests will want to check out the Presleys’ Country Jubilee gift shop because for the first time ever, a sampling of Dick’s Old-Time 5 & 10 merchandise will be available for purchase outside of their only retail store, located in Historic Downtown Branson. Dick’s Old-Time 5 & 10 is a nationally-known variety store and a great family-owned Branson business.

Fans of the Presleys’ live music and comedy show in Branson, along with fans of their hit TV series on RFD-TV, can watch the new 4th season of Presleys’ Country Jubilee on television every Saturday night at 7:30pm EST/6:30pm CST. RFD-TV is available on DIRECTV channel 345, Dish Network channel 231, or your local cable provider. RFD-TV is available to 41 million homes and is now programming to 20 million more through FamilyNet.

For Presleys’ Country Jubilee information or tickets or information on any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

2013 Pierce Arrow show hits center of Branson entertainment bull’s-eye

Pierce Arrow Quartet with Luke Menard, left, Jimmy Fullbright, Scott Fraker and Tim Storm.

BRANSON, MO, February 27, 2013 — When my daughter, Mary, who had just seen the 2013 edition of the Pierce Arrow Show said, “Dad you have to see this show, it’s totally different than last year and is just amazing” I thought to myself, “Well I just saw the show in October and I thought it was great then, how much better can it be?” Well I saw the 2013 edition on January 22 and, in a word the answer is “Lots.”

Actually, the answer to the question deserves more than a one word answer and the opinion of Debra Wiskirchen, a Manager at the Branson Tourism Center, which has sold well over 3 million Branson show and attraction tickets is a great place to start. She said, “I have seen this show many times before and the 2013 edition is by far the best. Their press release says, ‘If you think you’ve seen the Pierce Arrow show…think again in 2013.!’ That might be an understatement, it is truly an amazing show with great comedy and music that the whole family will enjoy.”

Straight man, Bobby Blackburn, and Animal Control Officer Ray Bees a.k.a. Jarrett Dougherty

Let’s start with the comedy which is provided by one of Branson’s premier comedians, Jarrett Dougherty. From start to finish, comedy is an inherent element of this show and is woven in at just the right moment to complement the great music in the show. This year Dougherty starts the show with a new character, the funniest Animal Control Officer you will ever meet, Ray Bees who is in search of a snake that has escaped from the new Promised Land Zoon being built just east of the theatre. From there, the laughs just keep coming as he makes just about the whole cast, with special emphasis on Band Leader Bobby Blackburn, “his straight man,” as his hilarious comedic journey, among other places, takes the audience to the bible, the demise of the snake and the most beautiful, funny and unforgettable version of the Nat King Cole classic “Unforgettable” you will ever experience.

As good as 2012’s music was, the shows musical repertoire has been completely changed and features two new vocalists, Jimmy Fulbright and Michelle Wait adding fresh energy and vibrancy resulting in a totally new experience. Fulbright has been the bass guitar player and fill in singer with the Oak Ridge Boys for the past 12 years and prior to that time was a member of the Branson Brothers Quartet in Branson along with bass singer Dan Britton who is the owner of the Pierce Arrow Theatre. Wait was a vocalist with the Kings Castle Theatre in Branson (formerly known as the Branson Variety Theatre.)

The Pierce Arrow Quartet consists of American Idol finalist, Luke Menard; Jimmy Fulbright, Scott Fraker, previously with the gospel group “Chosen Few” and Tim Storms, the current Guiness Book of World Record holder for singing the lowest note. “Amazing” is a good word to use to describe this group as they cover a wide variety of music. Highlights for me was the gospel segment, Dan Britton’s appearance with the group during “Dream On” and “Sixteen Tons,” their acapella performance of “Drift Away” and the group’s performance of “Come On In” at the beginning of the show as they continued the exciting tenor, energy and excitement with which Michelle Wait kicks off the show.

Michelle Wait kicking the show off singing "Here For The Party."

Wait’s opening number, “Here for the Party,” is a high energy performance that gets the show off to a rousing start and establishes the musical tenor for the rest of the show. “Wind Beneath My Wings” is one of my favorite songs and her rendition of it was simply beautiful. In 2011 I did a review of the show “Hooray for Hollywood,” and wrote, “To say that the shows vocalist, Michelle Wait, did an outstanding job would be an understatement.” All I can say for her performance in the 2013 edition of the Pierce Arrow Show is “Ditto.”

The Pierce Arrow Band is outstanding and, like the rest of the cast, really gets involved with the excitement and flow of the show and is strategically featured during various numbers throughout the performance. The band consists of Bobby Blackburn/band leader, lead guitar; Randy McConnell/bass guitar; Colt Straub/keyboards/mandolin and Michael Jackson/drums. Sitting in the audience one can just sense the synergy between the band and the vocalists who just seem to be having fun with each other, the audience and enjoying what they are doing as it draws you into the performance and enhances the overall entertainment experience.

The theatres newly renovated  sound and lighting system and its “Vegas” styled moving stage all enhance the enjoyment of the show. Two hours spent with the Pierce Arrow Show has always been a great entertainment experience, but the statement “If you think you’ve seen the Pierce Arrow show…think again in 2013!” is true. If you have never seen the Pierce Arrow show 2013 is an excellent opportunity to experience two of the most exciting and enjoyable hours of entertainment in Branson that will be over all too quickly.

Family Passes show the way to big savings on Branson Shows

Three generations of Presley comedy, Herkimer, Grandpa; Cecil, Son and Cecil Jr. Grandson

BRANSON, MO, February 26, 2013 — “In these times, families on vacation are looking for ways to not only have fun together, but to save money,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. With all there is to see and do in Branson there is never a problem having fun. With lodging available for just about any budget and the savings that can result from “packaging,” attractions, shows and lodging together it’s easy to save money too,” she continued.

Branson’s live shows are legend for their outstanding entertainment and value. Some of Branson’s best shows have made that value even more so with the addition of “Family Passes.” Although they are different for different shows, under the general scheme of things the Family Pass will include two adults and up to a certain number of children for a substantially reduced rate.

As an example, Presleys’ Country Jubilee is one of Branson’s most popular shows and is a great music and comedy show for the whole family. By using its Family Pass, a family of two adults, one teenager and two children ages 10 and 11 can save over 41% off the price of buying them separately. The following list, sorted alphabetically and with a link to more information, photos, videos, schedules and ticket pricing, indicates the Branson shows offering Family Passes as of this date:

#1 Hits of the 60’s

3 Redneck Tenors

70’s Music Celebration Starring Barry Williams

A Heapin’ Spoonful

A Neil Diamond Tribute

ABBA Tribute – Thank You for the Music

All American Gospel

Always Patsy Cline

Amazing Pets

Angels of Country Music

Baldknobbers Jamboree Show

Bretts

Buckets N Boards

California Dreamin’

Christmas on the Trail

Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express

Comedy Jamboree

Conway Remembered

Dalena Ditto Country Variety Show

Down Home Country

Duttons

George Dyer

Good Ole Boys

Grand Jubilee

Hamner Barber Variety Show

Haygoods

Jim Stafford

Joseph

Magnificent Seven

Mike Walker

New South Gospel

Ozark Mountain Jubilee

Ozark Murder Mysteries

Paul Harris & The Cleverly’s

Pierce Arrow

Presleys’ Country Jubilee

Rankin Brothers

Red Skelton – A Tribute by Tom Mullica

Red, Hot & Blue

Rock Roll and Reminisce

Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead Tour

Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Play

Shoji Tabuchi

Sons of the Pioneers

Sunday Gospel Jubilee

The Statler Brothers Revisited

Titanic Museum Attraction

Todd Oliver & Friends

Tony Roi’s Elvis and More

Wade Landry’s Cajun & Country

Johnson points out that not all Branson shows offer Family Passes and that the list, although current as of the date of this piece, is subject to change. For additional information on Family Passes, the packaging of Branson shows, attractions and lodging to save money or any other information on Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

Kirby VanBurch Finds Permanent Home On Branson Strip

Award winning magician Kirby VanBurch and one of his exotic cats.

BRANSON, MO, February 9, 2013 Kirby VanBurch, internationally renowned entertainer and illusionist, announced today that he has signed for permanent residency at a theater on Branson’s world famous West 76 Highway, fondly known as “the strip”. Kirby VanBurch has played at multiple different theaters throughout his 20 plus year career in Branson.  Kirby says, “I’ve long joked about being one of the only entertainers in Branson actually touring Branson; so to be able to say that I’ve found my permanent home is really exciting; especially as me and the cats are ready to settle down.”  Kirby’s new home at 1835 W 76 Country Boulevard will be renamed the Kirby VanBurch Theatre.

“This theater is perfect for my show.  I like to have an intimate setting with my audiences so I can interact with them.” VanBurch adds, “This Theater has the space to allow me to do up close and personal magic and at the same time pull off some big illusions.”  The new Kirby VanBurch Theatre (formerly known as Music City Centre) will also be home to Kirby’s famous Big Cats as well as his other furry (and not so furry) friends. “We’re in the process of doing some remodeling on the stage and should be able to open for shows on March 15 at 8:00pm,” says Kirby. “Along with the remodel we’re adapting the illusions to the new stage.  Luckily, we’re quite familiar with the theater as Bambi was signed to do her own show there for three months in 2009 and we created specials illusions for her for that run.  Of course she’ll be featured in my show again this year.”

“We share Kirby’s excitement at finding a permanent Branson “home” on the strip” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “He has been a Branson magic staple for over 20 years and his signature exotic animals adds a unique element to an already ‘magical’ show.” Johnson invites anyone wanting additional information or tickets for the Kirby VanBurch Show to call the Branson Tourism Center, toll free at 1-800-785-1550.

“Ayo” plus “it” equals 5 letters and 2 great Branson shows

"Voices of Glory," Michael, Avery and Nadia Cole, during guest performance at 2012 CAM Gospel Sing-Off.

BRANSON, MO, February 4, 2013 – In announcing that “Ayo” would be appearing at the Hughes Brothers Theatre along with it, Jeff Topper, Director of Sales for the Hughes Brothers Theatre, did not mention the fact that there is not another theatre marquee in Branson that could announce it was presenting two shows and only take up a total of five letters. What he did say however was, “At the Hughes Brothers Theatre we’re already open with our hit show it and we’re excited about adding another upbeat show like ‘Ayo’ starring ‘Voices of Glory’ to our theatre line-up.”

“The Voices of Glory,” siblings Michael, Avery and Nadia Cole who started singing together in 2007 when they sang to their mother who was in a coma as the result of “a head-on collision with a drunk driver.” Their mother came out of the coma, those who heard the Coles sing realized they were hearing something special, they adopted the stage name “Voices of Glory,” kept on singing and in 2009 ended up as a top five finalist on the NBC prime time hit show, America’s Got Talent. Since then, among other things, toured “internationally, performing at the Annual GMA’s Dove Awards, the 2010 & 2011 ICM Awards, at Madison Square Garden, were a featured act in ‘Andy William’s 2012 Christmas Show,'” and performed in “Germany for Weihnachtszauber.”

Jason Hughes, one of the Hughes Brothers co-producing the show said, “In Ayo we’re taking the audience on a journey of joy using song, dance, lights, and the personalities of Michael, Avery, and Nadia, backed up by a live band.” In describing the show, Nadia Cole said, “Ayo adds another level to the Branson show mix. While Ayo features our original music, and of course our gospel favorites, it also reaches out to visitors of all ages with current and familiar songs that speak to the musical soul.” Michael Cole said, “We love the music and we love what music can do for people.  In Ayo we want the audience to feel what we feel when we sing – a pure call to joy!” and his brother Avery adds, “Ayo is also a slang term for ‘Hey you’…and we’re hoping that just like that term reaches out and grabs your attention…that Ayo will reach out and grab your heart!”

Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center, congratulates both the Hughes Brother’s Theatre staff and Voices of Glory on the new show. She points out that although Ayo’s premier is not until March 18 that it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre opened its 2013 season in January and is currently running a full schedule of shows. For additional information or tickets for “Ayo,” “it” or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center through their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

Grand Jubilee just might be Branson’s grandest entertainment

"New South," Trey Wilson, left, Jason Robinson, Mark McCauley and David Price, during their opening set.

BRANSON, MO, February 1, 2013 — In a previous review of the Grand Jubilee this writer said, “It might seem like a cliché, but the Grand Jubilee is truly ‘grand’ entertainment. I laughed until I hurt, listened to some of the most talented musicians and vocalists I have ever heard, in Branson or anywhere else, and was thoroughly entertained by a fast moving production that held my interest throughout. It was over all too quickly.” After seeing the new 2013 edition of this show on January 25 of this year all this writer can say is “Ditto.”

In that review it was pointed out that the elements of the show aren’t that much different from the Branson variety show mold that was cast by the Baldknobbers over 52 years ago and has worked so successfully for so many Branson shows. They have vocals, a live band and comedy, but that’s like saying because a pie has ingredients 1, 2 and 3 that it’s going to be a great pie. It’s not the elements or ingredients by themselves, but the the quality of the talent involved with each element and how they are woven together that makes the Grand Jubilee the “grand” entertainment experience it is.

The main vocal element of the show features “New South,” one of Branson’s premier male quartets, composed of lead vocalist, Trey Wilson, tenor Jason Robinson, baritone David Price and bass Mark McCauley. Individually these guys have great voices, but when they sing together it is a WOW blow your socks off kind of thing not only in terms of the vocals themselves, but their energy and ability to convey the feeling to the audience that they are not just going through the motions, but having a good time.

New South performs a variety of music from many different genres including pop, country, gospel, patriotic, gospel and more covering decades of hits. As important as what they sing is how they sing it. In this writers opinion, as good as each is individually, combined they have a power, voice range and synergy that is amazing. Although certainly subjective the group’s performance of “Antioch Church House Choir,” featuring Trey Wilson ,”Elvira,” featuring the bass voice of Bass Mark McCauley  and “YMCA” are a few of many numbers illustrating not only New South’s vocal talent, but their ability to get the audience invested in the performance, the shows excellent costuming and some great moves. And speaking of “moves,” you won’t believe the moves Mark McCauley makes during the group’s performance of “YMCA.”

The beautiful and talented Jackie Brown,

The female vocalist is the extremely talented Jackie Brown. She performed a variety of music throughout the show demonstrating her considerable vocal talents. Her spirited rendition of the Dolly Parton song, “Baby I’m Burning” illustrates why it was one of Dolly’s favorite songs and her duet with Trey Wilson of “You Don’t Know Me” was simply beautiful.

It’s hard to describe just how good the “Grand Band” is and what an integral part of the show they are. It is composed of Michael W. Davis, Piano/Keyboard & Vocals; Wayne Massengale, Fiddle and Acoustic Guitar; Larry Allred, Bass Guitar; Rob Blackburn, Drums; Matt Hanshaw, Lead and Acoustic Guitar and Gene Mulvaney, Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo & Band Director.

These guys just don’t sit back and play, they are seamlessly worked into many of the numbers of the show with featured segments in a way that makes the Grand Jubilee show unique among Branson shows. These guys are some of the most talented instrumentalists in Branson, both individually and collectively, enjoy what they are doing and convey that enjoyment to their audience. Two Band highlights was their rendition of what I believe was “The Grand Bounce” and Wayne Massengale’s fiddle duet of “Orange Blossom Special” Jamie Haage, who is also the show’s comedian.

"Jim Dandy," Jammie Haage, left and his faithful straight-man, the shows emcee and producer, Mike Patrick.

The multi-talented, Jamie Haage, who is one of Branson’s best comedians is the shows comedian and does an hilariously funny job of playing “Jim Dandy.” You’ve heard of “dark comedy,” well welcome to “orange comedy,” where, strategically placed throughout the show, Jim Dandy, along with his straight man, the shows Emcee Mike Patrick, will have you laughing until you hurt with a blend of comedy and one liners. It’s safe to say that after experiencing this show you will have a newly found appreciation for just how funny and magical a banana can be. Watching the metamorphosis of Haage from comedian to instrumentalist and vocalist is a special and unique thing to see and hear and testifies as to the versatility and talents of this “grand” entertainer.

No review of the Grand Jubilee would be complete without mentioning the shows Director and Producer Mike Patrick who is also the shows Emcee, Jim Dandy’s straight man and even plays a mean honky-tonk piano. This show is a wonderful blend of great music, comedy and fun that is simply a joy to see, hear, and experience. From its opening number to its stirring patriotic finale, the Grand Jubilee is a ‘grand’ entertainment experience that just might be two of the best and fastest moving hours of entertainment in Branson.

Midwest Living designates Branson as a “Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escape”

Open, even in the snow, the distinctive earthquake look of "Ripley's Believe" It Or Not" makes it one of the most identifiable buildings in the world.

BRANSON, Mo., January 28, 2013 — “We thought it was ‘cool’ when Branson was designated as one of the 25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots by ‘Midwest Living'” in the summer of 2011, but Midwest Living’s recent designation of Branson as one of the 15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes is really ‘cool,'” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “That’s one of the great things about Branson, summer or winter, it’s always a ‘cool’ place to have fun, be entertained, shop, simply relax, or enjoy any of the many other exciting activities Branson offers year round for individuals, families, reunions and groups of all types,” she continued.

In designating Branson as one of the ’15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes’ the article specifically mentions the beauty of the woods around Table Rock Lake, the simple joy of sipping hot chocolate and enjoying Branson’s “winter landscape from the other side of a picture window.” It emphasizes that even in January and February “the weather is often mild enough by Midwest standards (average highs in the 40s and 50s) to fish and golf” and that “some of Branson’s shows also continue through the winter.”

Johnson points out that although not mentioned in the article, the vast majority of Branson’s major attractions remain open year round. From a Lake Taneycomo sightseeing or dinner cruise with Main Street Lake Cruises to a voyage on the Titanic; Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripleys Believe It or Not to Tigers and Zipliners, even in the winter tBranson offers a myriad of fun and exciting things for Branson visitors to do. Summer or winter, Branson’s famed shopping remains a constant with its three major shopping malls remaining open along with Dicks 5 & 10 and most of Branson’s specialty shops

Branson was the only Missouri destination selected. Beside Branson, the other 14 Midwest Living “Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes” were, in alphabetical order, Bayfield, Wisconsin; Black Hills, South Dakota; Brainerd, Minnesota; Canoe Bay, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; Crystal Mountain, Michigan; Dearborn, Michigan; Door County, Wisconsin; Hocking Hills, Ohio; Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan; Parke County, Indiana; Southwest Lake Michigan shore, St. Croix River, Wisconsin and Minnesota and Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

New 2013 Branson show season has Grand opening

Jarrett Dougherty the comedian in the "Pierce Arrow Show "cutting" up with members of the Pierce Arrow Quartet.

BRANSON, Mo., January 24, 2013 — “One of the many great things about Branson is the anticipation and excitement that the opening of each new show season in Branson brings as its shows incorporate new innovations, numbers, routines, acts, costuming and  choreography into their performances to provide their audiences with a fresh entertainment experience,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. Mike Patrick, General Manager & Producer of the Grand Jubilee show and the other shows at the “Grand Country Music Hall” agrees.

Patrick said, “When Grand Jubilee opened its 2013 Season on January 1, about 70 percent of the show’s music and 50 percent of its comedy was new.” He points out that there are certain musical numbers such as New South’s performance of “YMCA” and comedy routines that the audience expects and looks forward to that tend to stay in from year to year until there is an indication that the audiences wants a change. Patrick said that to have the 2013 version of Grand Jubilee ready for January 1 they began rehearsals in early November even as they performed their 2012 Christmas shows.

Typically, and 2013 was no exception, it is the new Grand Jubilee that leads Branson shows into their new season. Other shows have started their new 2013 Branson season during January and, as of today, The Official Show Schedule of Branson.Com, powered by the Branson Tourism Center, indicates that by the end of February the following shows, listed alphabetically with links provided to scheduling, pricing and other information, will be open:

Absolutely Patsy

Amazing Pets

Branson Country USA

Comedy Jamboree

Dixie Stampede

Grand Jubilee

it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre

Haygoods

Legends in Concert

New Jersey Nights

Ozark Mountain Jubilee

Pierce Arrow

Sunday Gospel Jubilee

Twelve Irish Tenors

Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson also points out that the majority of Branson’s major attractions remain open years round. From Tigers to fishing, the Odd to a voyage on the Titanic or the excitement of a Zipliner or a Lake Taneycomo sightseeing or dinner cruise with Main Street Lake Cruises, even in February Branson offers visitors an amazing variety of exciting activities.

Branson magic is no illusion

The unique one of a kind bird illusion of Dave and Denise Hamner is just part of the magic and amazing entertainment of the Hamner Barber Variety Show.

BRANSON, Mo., January 14, 2013 — “It’s no illusion, Branson’s magic shows are a ‘magical’ experience for the whole family,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center . She goes on to point out that although known primarily for the variety and quality of its live music shows, Branson is also blessed with a variety of award winning magic shows offering something for every taste.

The Hamner Barber Variety Show features the spectacular magic of Dave and Denise Hamner who have won numerous awards for their magic including having twice received a “Merlin Award” from the International Magician Society. From the opening through the subtle beauty of Hamner’s presentation of the “Magic of the Silver Coins, ” the death defying excitement and danger of “Vertigo” and inspiration of the “Ark of the Lost Covenant” the illusions in this show keep audiences on the edge of their seats as illusions unfold and hold them in a constant state of excitement as to what was coming next not only in terms of the illusion, but the production, sets, and color that is part of each.

And that’s just part of the “magic” of the show. The ventriloquism genius and comedy of Jim Barber, one of the world’s top ventriloquists is woven together with the Hamner’s illusions the result is a unique magical blend of entertainment not available anywhere else in Branson.

Kirby VanBurch, another International Award-Winning Magician, and his signature ” family of exotic animals including a Royal White Tigers has been entertaining Branson audiences with shows filled with huge illusions, “big time production numbers dancing and hilarious comedy” for over a decade. It has been described as “a thrill-a-second production packed full of astonishing disappearing acts, a helicopter appearing in 3 seconds flat, assistants cut in half, and other never-before-seen illusions.”

Taylor Reed, who has been entertaining audiences in Branson for eight years, was seen by millions when he appeared on the hit NBC primetime show, “America’s Got Talent” and ” amazed judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osborne, and Howard Stern when he made a motorcycle appear during his performance. In 2013 this talented magician will have his own theatre and a new show called “The Magic & Comedy of Taylor Reed”, featuring along with Reed, special guest illusionists that will be appearing throughout the season.

The show will feature ” original illusions, comedy, and dance, along with his menagerie of furry friends,” a “fire eating performance and a disappearing NASCAR illusion.” In announcing the new show Reed said that in performing at his own theatre, ” I am presented with an amazing opportunity to bring out the “Big Gun” illusions, with professional lighting, sound, and special effects. And, the original set from the Las Vegas EFX show designed by David Mendoza.”

For additional information or tickets for any of the shows mentioned in this article or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

Branson a perfect Valentine

The Titanic Museum Attractions spectacular "Grand Staircase" is a precise replica of the original.

BRANSON, Mo., January 13, 2013 — What better place than in Branson to express the meaning to your Valentine of what Thomas Hood meant when he said, “Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine?” Branson is filled with ways to show that special someone just how special they are and that they “Art every day my Valentine!”

Whether your Valentine’s Day is a one day celebration on Thursday, February 14 or runs into the weekend, Branson, with its shows, attractions, restaurants, shopping and other activities is a special Valentine to share with that special someone. A number of Branson’s shows will be offering a wide variety of live entertainment to share with your Valentine includin

Absolutely Patsy

Amazing Pets

Branson Country USA

Comedy Jamboree

Dixie Stampede

Grand Jubilee

Hamner Barber Variety Show

Haygoods

it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre

Legends in Concert

Ozark Mountain Jubilee

Ozark Murder Mysteries

Pierce Arrow

Sunday Gospel Jubilee

New Jersey Nights

Twelve Irish Tenors

For that special Valentine’s Day meal Branson has a variety of choices ranging from the simple down home cooking of “Clocker’s Café” in historic downtown Branson to the elegant cuisine of the Level 2 Steak House, Table 22, Cosmopolitan Bistro, Chateau on the Lake and others. For a truly special Valentine’s Day memory how about a romantic champagne cruise and dinner aboard Main Street Lake Cruises 100 foot luxury yacht the Landing Princess as it cruises beautiful Lake Taneycomo from its berth in Branson Landing.

The romance of Valentine’s Day is a perfect fit for the Titanic Museum‘s “Sweetheart Month” as they remember the honeymoon couples and brides-to-be who sailed on the ships fateful maiden voyage. The Titanic’s elegant full sized replica of the “Titanic’s Grand Staircase” is a unique and beautiful spot for a wedding or to renew Wedding Vows on Valentines Day or any time.

For those coming for the Valentine’s weekend, the Branson Tourism Center offers a Valentine’s packages combining lodging, shows, attractions, cruises and more that offers not only a romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but to save money. One example is its Valentine’s Day Package offering 3 days and 2 nights lodging at the Hilton Promenade, choice of show tickets, two tickets to the Titanic Museum Attraction, a special “romance basket” and more.

Why not plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with your special Valentine, in Branson? For additional information on celebrating Valentine’s Day in Branson or tickets for Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.