Can a theatre’s line-up be more entertaining than this?

Reza Edge of Illusion, The Texas Tenors, and Billy Dean in Concert with Jarrett.

Reza Edge of Illusion, The Texas Tenors, and Billy Dean in Concert with Jarrett.

“I am just so excited about the variety, quality, and timing of the entertainment we are presenting at the Starlite Theatre this year,” said Linda Merkling, the theatre’s General Manager. “We have had the right talent for the right people at the right time of the year and that continues right through our fall and Christmas season,” she added.

She points out that their resident shows, those other than one or two-day limited engagement shows, offer an unrivaled variety of quality entertainment. Anchoring the schedule, from now through December 30, are such nationally recognized entertainers as Billy Dean, The Blackwoods, and The Texas Tenors, all of whom will be offering Christmas shows starting with their first November performances. They will be joined by the young cutting edge illusionist Reza, resulting in one of the most dynamic and exciting line ups of quality entertainment in any Branson theatre.

Merkling points out that the Billy Dean and Jarrett in Concert show is a mainstay on the schedule. For 2016 Billy has completely redone the format to provide a more intimate and personal interface with the audience, including him playing the piano. The show provides a unique opportunity to hear the man who wrote them sing, hit after hit, including Let Them Be Little; Somewhere in My Broken Heart, Billy The Kid, and his debut single, Only Here for a Little While, a song that grabbed an impressive top five spot on Billboard’s Country Charts along with many more.

The music would be enough, but it’s his ability to connect with the audience on a personal level through that music, and the stories of his life and how the songs were written, that injects a unique special element to the show. Add the comedy of long time Branson favorite Jarrett Dougherty, with his funny characters, rapid-fire wit, and perfect comedic timing, honed by more than 20 years on the Branson stage, and you have a show with about as much fun, excitement, and entertainment as most people could ever want! Billy’s  Christmas shows starts with his first show in November.

The Texas Tenors will be performing their fabulous regular show during their September and October dates and begin their Christmas show on November 1. “The Texas Tenors – Deep in the Heart of Christmas,” is a delightful inspiring show celebrating the traditional family Christmas. Everyone loves to hear The Texas Tenors anytime of the year, but it’s a special Christmas blessing when they combine their amazing voices, with exciting special effects, other singers, dancers, a Christmas choir, and some delightfully magical characters into a production that is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

Here’s a list of the Starlite’s resident shows sorted alphabetically along with a link that provides more information on the show including a description, scheduling, pricing, and ticketing:

Resident Shows:

Billy Dean in Concert with Jarrett: Through Dec 30*
Reza Edge of Illusion: Through Dec 30
The Blackwoods Morning Show: Through Dec 30*
The Texas Tenors: Sep 12-24, Oct 10-21, and Nov 1-30*

“We are also excited about the array of National stars that will be rounding out our schedule with limited engagement performances throughout the rest of the year through ‘Boot Daddy Presents’ and ‘Larry’s Country Diner Series,’” Merkling said. Starlite’s limited engagement shows for the remainder of 2016, sorted chronologically along with a link that provides additional information on the show including a description, scheduling, pricing, and ticketing, include:

 Limited Engagement

Larry’s Country Diner-Rhonda Vincent: Sep 19
Larry’s Country Diner-Gene Watson: Sep 20
Larry’s Country Diner-Jimmy Fortune: Sep 21
Larry’s Country Diner-Mo and Holly Pitney: Sep 22
Larry’s Country Diner-T. Graham Brown: Sep 23
Larry’s Country Diner-Mark Lowry: Sep 24
Boot Daddy Presents Dailey & Vincent: Sep 25-27 and Nov 27-29
Boot Daddy Presents Suzy Bogguss: Sep 29-30
Boot Daddy Presents Jimmy Fortune: Oct 24-25 and Nov 14-15
Boot Daddy Presents Gene Watson: Oct 26-28 and Dec 1-3

Merkling believes that the combination of resident and limited engagement shows at the Starlite provides a unique combination of entertainment designed to meet the different needs of the Branson visitor throughout the year that is unmatched in terms of its quality, variety, and excitement. She also points out that its central location right on the famed Branson Strip, near its intersection with Gretna Road, the Titanic Museum Attraction, the Clay Cooper Theatre, and numerous other Branson shows and attractions makes access to the Starlite a breeze. With a twinkle in her eye she said, “And our parking lot just might be the biggest flat piece of ground in Taney County, no hills to climb.”

For additional information or tickets for any of the Starlite’s Shows, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services; call 1-800-785-1550 or visit

*Shows after November 1st will be Christmas Shows.

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