We took a short trip to Branson to check out the entertainment scene. A 3 or 4-day trip can give you as much enjoyment as you can handle. Motel rooms were readily available and ranged from $35 to $45 a night. The most popular show times are 9:00 or 10.00 am for morning shows, 2:00 or 3:00 pm for afternoon shows, and 7:00 or 8:00 for evening shows. Most find 2 shows a day are plenty and there are over 80 to choose from. Just pick one, they are all good. Learn the back roads so you won't get stuck on the main drag, HWY 76. Most shows are about 2 hours with a 15-minute break. The variety of entertainment is great with all kinds of music and acts to enjoy including country, Broadway, Hits from the 50's, 70's, magic and variety shows, even big band sounds and more. Based on what I saw, I would recommend:
1. Whitehouse Theatre: Our own Joe Tinoco from Olathe along with Tamra Holden shine here. We saw the Showcase Jubilee on Saturday. This wonderful show is as good as the Grand ole Opry in Nashville! I visited the Grand ole Opry last fall twice and believe me, Showcase Jubilee is just as good. The Showcase Jubilee is taped and will be on TV very soon, planned for November 2nd on Fox Net Family UAT cable network. Then on Monday night, we caught the Magnificent 7 PM Show. Tamra and Joe produce and choreograph all the shows. The costumes are gorgeous. You get to see a lot more of Joe and Tamra. Starring with them are 15 year old award winner Amanda, Rebecca Frederick, BeNellie Norris, Mike Bliss, Josh Carroll and Ben Naus. These were 2 outstanding shows.
2. Other Shows You can catch BROADWAY! at the Branson Variety Theatre (formerly Bobby Vinton's place). This was a great show with big production numbers from popular Broadway shows. The Starlight Theatre features LOST IN THE 50'S, a fast moving shows with hit tunes from the fabulous 50's The Remmington theatre is the place to see the Magic of Kirby VanBurch, international magician of the year. Kirby was personable and put on a professional show complete with lions and tigers and a helicopter that appeared on stage. Legends in Concert presented one of the best Elvis impersonators I have ever seen. Plus a great Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston and the Blues Brothers entertained.
You can catch the new Red Skelton show in the Branson Mall Music Theatre starring Tom Mullica. This 6 foot 4 entertainer looked and talked exactly like the old redhead and put on a great 90-minute show.
Another new show in Branson is the Roy Rogers show at the Happy Trails Theatre starring Roy's son Dusty. The intimate, 308-seat theater provides a campfire setting to enjoy the music and stories of Roy "Dusty" Rogers, Jr. and the High Riders. Remember "Cool Water," "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and more? Be sure to tour the museum as well which has been moved to Branson at the request of Dale Evans.
At the end of October, Christmas is alive in Branson and most shows switch to a Christmas theme. Some have the first half regular show followed by a Christmas show. Silver Dollar City turns into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights. The "Rockettes" are practicing for their big last season in Branson. Joe and Tamra are busy writing their Christmas show and hope to see you in Branson this year.