“Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love” and “Our Sinatra” celebrates two of the greatest

Vocal cast of "Our Frank," Gavin Reign, Heather
Petersen, and Brian Long. (Left to right)

Two of America’s most honored singers are represented in Branson’s two newest shows “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love” and “Our Sinatra.” The shows are presented by the “American Songbook Dinner Theatre” at the Shake It Up Show Club located at 625 State Highway 165 just north of the “Acrobats of China Theatre.

Both are musical tribute shows to the artists they are celebrating, Elvis Presley in “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love” and Frank Sinatra in “Our Sinatra.” Although they are two different shows, their format and style is very similar. Both have an excellent live band, a very talented three person cast, the same producer, Jack Lewin, cover dozens of the songs sung by the respective artist the show is paying tribute to, and finish with a “really big” medley of the artists songs.

“Our Sinatra” is a musical celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra. The vocal cast of Brian Long, Heather Petersen, and Gavin Reign do an excellent job of presenting dozens of “Ol Blue Eyes” hits. The live band, directed by its pianist Gary Freeman and consisting of Ryan Hurn on Drums, and Jacob Danks as Bassist added just the right touch of elegance to the enjoyment of the performance.

"Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love" cast: Tony Tuner,
Jason Yaeger, and Heather Gentry. (left ti right)

“Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love” is a musical tribute to Elvis Presley and like “Our Sinatra” presents dozens of Elvis Presley songs during the show. Singers Heather Gentry, Toney Turner, and Jason Yeager do a superb job of presenting the different styles of Elvis’s music. During his rendition of “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” Yeager adds a narrative that surely has “The King” laughing. The band of Robert "Bogie" Bohinc on Guitar, Ryan Hurn on Drums, Paul Purtle on Electronic Bass, and Brent Vaughan on Saxophone did an excellent job.

Currently “Our Sinatra” is performing on Wednesdays through Sunday with dinner at 4:30 p.m. and the show starting at 5:00 p.m. “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love” performs Wednesdays through Sunday with dinner at 7:00 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m