Limited engagements enhance variety of Branson entertainment

Country super star Neal McCoy will be appearing
for a limited engagement at Yakov’s Theatre.

Known as the live music show capital of the world Branson, Missouri offers great live music and entertainment shows on a daily basis. There is a live show for just about every interest and for every music genre, but the variety of entertainment Branson has to offer doesn’t stop there.

Paul Miller, General Manager for the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected sellers of Branson show and attraction tickets and lodging, says, “In addition to the great lineup of the quality shows performing daily in Branson, visitors to Branson have the opportunity to see national stars, acts, and shows that are appearing in Branson for a limited period of time.”

Miller explained that the limited engagement performances expand the variety and breadth of Branson’s entertainment offerings. He pointed out that just last weekend, Disney’s “High School Musical Summer Celebration,” Cathy Rigby, starring in “Peter Pan” and a new show for kids, “Rock U Mentally LIVE” were all in performing limited engagements in Branson. He said, “Three completely different shows with each offering a unique type of entertainment experience.”

Miller points out that some pretty impressive acts and performers will be performing limited engagements in Branson between now and the end of August." Peter Pan" will continue its current engagement until August 5 and then break and return on November 1. “Rock U Mentally LIVE” will continue its performances until August 15.

"The Cowsills” are currently performing at the RFD TV Theatre through August 8 as part of their 40th anniversary tour. They are known for such classic pop hits as, "The Rain, The Park & Other Things (I Love the Flower Girl), ” "We Can Fly", "Indian Lake", "Love American Style" and their big 1969 hit "Hair," the title song from the Broadway musical “Hair.”

T.G. Sheppard is currently appearing with Country Tonite show at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre through August 20 and will return for selected dates in October. His signature songs include “Last Cheater’s Waltz," "Only One You," "Party Time," "Do You Wanna Go To Heaven" and "I Loved ‘Em Every One".

Another country music superstar, Neal McCoy will be appearing in the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre for selected dates during August, September and October starting on August 4. McCoy said, “I like to entertain and have a great time with the folks. Here in Branson people know how to have a good time! So that’s what we’re planning on doing and you gotta love that.” He is known for his fast-moving shows and fun music. McCoy has received Entertainer of the Year two times and other exciting accolades including five #1 singles, five top 10 hits, 1 Gold album, and many, many others. His hits include “Wink”, “The Shake,”” No Doubt About It,” “You Gotta Love That” and many more.

Branson Blast” is appearing in a limited engagement through August 29 at the Branson Star Theatre. It is described as “a high energy, ruckus ride of a variety show that combines contagious comedy with jaw-dropping juggling, sizzling circus skills, and mysterious magic.” “Buckets N Boards,” another unique limited engagement performance, is appearing Saturdays, August 1 through August 29 at the Clay Cooper Theatre. It is a high energy tap and percussion show that “will redefine your life, take inches off your waist and possibly entertain the socks right off your feet! It’s packed with comedy, rhythm, music and fun for the whole family!”

Stars & Guitars” at the Tri-Lakes Center on August 15 will feature Richie McDonald and Joe Nichols performing a benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network serving the Branson and Springfield, MO areas. McDonald was the face and voice of “Lonestar” and is launching his solo career with the release of “Six-Foot Teddybear.” Nicholas is a well known country artist whose hit songs include "The Impossible” and "Brokenheartsville".

Jason Michael Carroll & Gloriana will be appearing on August 14 at the Tri-Lakes Center. With songs like his Top 5 debut single, “Alyssa Lies,” and his beautiful new ballad, “Hurry Home" Carroll’s country music star is rising rapidly. The group Gloriana, consisting of four uniquely talented and enthusiastic young musicians combine to produce what has been described as “a fresh, one-of-a-kind sound that reflects the best of today’s Nashville and is an exciting new and vibrant force in country music.”

Miller said, “And that’s just the limited engagements between now and the end of August.” He went on to point out that, in the months of September through December the following limited engagements are scheduled to perform in Branson: Ray Price, Collin Raye, Cirque Montage presented by Cirque Imagination, Lee Greenwood and the Bellamy Brothers, Roy Clark, The Gatlin Brothers, Dionne Warwick and B.J. Thomas, Cathy Rigby staring in Peter Pan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Merle Haggard with Jack Green, Pam Tillis and John Anderson, 3 Rednecked Tenors , Johnny Mathis, Marty Stewart and Connie Smith, The Conway Twitty Musical Tribute Show, Daniel O Donnell, Tony Orlando & the Lennon Sisters Christmas Celebration, Debby Boone, Brule and AIRO (American Indian Rock Opera), Country’s Family Reunion featuring Bill Anderson, Jeannie Sealy, Jim Ed Brown, and Helen Cornelius, Mark Lowery and the Charlie Daniels Band.

Miller suggests contacting the Branson Tourism Center by phone at 1-800-875-1550 or through their website for additional information or to purchase tickets for any of these limited engagement performances. He advises going to the 2009 Show Schedule on the site where specific information can be obtained for each of the limited engagements mentioned in this article and Branson’s other shows.

About Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull

Editor of The Branson Courier
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