In Branson, Missouri, there are more theatre seats than on Broadway in New York City. There are very many great theatres that offer a huge variety of musical genres. Families can be seen on stage performing together, showcasing their talented children. While there isn’t a show in Branson I dislike, I have compiled the following list of my favorite ten.
10. Buckets ‘n Boards
Buckets ‘n Boards is a unique and highly innovative idea brought to town by two friends. Matt and Garreth entertain audiences of all ages with their talent and charm. Whether they are keeping rhythm with drums, feet or propane tanks, these guys provide a fast-paced, high-energy show. A good time is had by all when they bring out the recorders, but when Garreth offers a chance to play on, be sure to turn him down! Reason being, he doesn’t play the recorder in the typical way, Garreth plays the recorders by using his nose. A unique, and non-sharing way to blow out a tune. The show is at the Clay Cooper Theatre.
The Haygood Family Fiddlers are a staple in Branson. Growing up playing at Silver Dollar City, the group of siblings moved to the strip in 2002 and purchased their new home, the Americana Theatre. The Haygood family consists of seven brothers and sister, and each is highly talented on what they do. Together, this group puts on a highly-fast paced show night after night, a show that features state-of-the-art lighting and new technology surprises. The Haygoods entertain folks from 2-92 each and every night.
8, Keith “Redneckers” Allen
This show features a unique method of storytelling and song styles. Mr. Allen doesn’t have a five piece band to back him up, or the fancy lighting tricks on stage. What he does have is heart, soul and a musical talent for story telling. So sit back, and listen up! Keith takes the audience on a trip back in time to a period where life was simpler. His stories of growing up on his grandmother’s farm will inspire and encourage each member of the audience.
Broadway is a show that covers many of the Opera fans favorites. Timeless favorites such as “Over The Rainbow”, tunes from the play, “Oklahoma” and “Chicago” and of course, a hit from “The Phantom of the Opera”. A two hour jammed packed session of top Broadway songs can be witnessed, as very talented opera singers gather together for this production.
6.The Brett Family Singers
It wasn’t until this summer that I watched the Brett Family Singers, but after witnessing their VIP night, I can see why they are in town. This talented group of singers harmonize wonderfully, (as most families can), sing and dance, all while putting smiles on the audience faces. An emotionally-charged, fast moving show, the Bret ts offer strong stage presences and friendly intermission and after show meet and greets. With a genuine love of what they do, the Brett Family Singers is a must-see in Branson.
5. Pierce Arrow
Pierce Arrow is one of the most popular shows in town these days, and with little wonder. This show starts off with high-energy, toe-tapping tunes, and doesn’t slow down until the last guest has left the building. The show features a wonderful quartet, that specialize in tight harmonies, well-balanced song lists, and of course, some comedy. Great gospel can be heard as well. The comedian is the real star of the show. Audience members will laugh until they cry at the antics of the house comic. the well-rounded cast members have a great chemistry, and they are sure to send each guest home with a smile.
4. 50s At the Hop
50s At the Hop is newly re-opened as a dinner show. Guest arrive early for their choice of mouth-watering prime rib, baked chicken or tulip. Served with a side, salad and dessert, this meal is outstanding. Then, at 7:00, the stars begin to shine. Susan Burr does a great job as emcee’, and the audience seems to love her version of “At Last” .The hoppettes belt out many timeless hits from the 50s. The newest member of the show, and my favorite, is Johnny Rogers. Rogers is a great Buddy Holly look-a-like who owns the stage. As a Buddy Holly fan, I find that Rogers makes this show. Singing, dancing, and looking just like Buddy Holly, Rogers can captivate an audience, taking them back to when the Big Bopper and Buddy Holly were still with us. 50s At The Hop is back and better than ever.
The Grand Country Square holds many great music shows, but my favorite one is the Grand Jubilee. The Grand Jubilee is made of a great quartet, New South, that covers greats like the Oak Ridge Boys and the Statler Brothers. New South is joined on stage by the outstanding Emcee’ Mike Patrick, comic sidekick Jim Dandy, vocalist greats Jackie Brown and Todd Bradshaw. This show is a great way to spend two hours.
2. The Baldknobbers
The Baldknobbers, after 50 years, still put on a good show. The original show in Branson, these guys started it all. The Mabe family continues the family tradition set so many years ago. Audiences still leave with memories of a well-rounded show, a show with great comedic skits, sounds from classic country hits, and the appreciation for these Branson pioneers.
1.Smoke on the Mountain
I chose Smoke on the Mountain as my favorite show in Branson, because of its’ unique setup. This show is more than the typical Branson show. Smoke on the Mountain contains a small cast of talented performers. This Gospel-comedy play features the events of a family from the south in the 1940s, trying to share God’s love with folks. The cast of this hilarious play pull audiences in, almost giving them the sense that they too are in the 1940s, watching the church evolve. If you like gospel music, like to laugh, and appreciate live theatre, than Smoke on the Mountain is sure to be your favorite show too!