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The Magic of Rick Thomas

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Rick ThomasBranson has become known as a Magic Mecca.  We have seen many great magicians in this town and Rick is one of the best.  His illusions are flawless, his dancers are amazing, and his humor is wonderfully refreshing.  He is the main show in the beautiful Andy Williams Moon River Theater and he uses the stage magnificently.

Vegas Family Show to Branson

Rick came to Branson from Las Vegas where he had the most Rick Thomassuccessful family show on the Vegas strip.  The production of the show is well done with all that you would expect from a world class performance.  The pinnacle illusion of his show is the AirAdage where Tara, his beautiful lead assistant, dances in the air.  It is truly breathtaking.

Gorgeous Animals

rick thomas and samsonRick was known for his gorgeous tigers in Vegas but made the toughest decision of his life in letting them retire from show life and live in a wonderful tiger preserve.  He has most recently added two wonderful Great Pyrenees dogs to his show.  They are just over a year old and already 170 pounds.  They are loving creatures that add to the show.  Rick Thomas’ show will not disappoint.

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#1 Hits of the 60’s & 50’s too!

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For the past 12 years, the “#1 Hits of the 60s & 50s, too” show has been using state-of-the-art sound and lighting along with fully choreographed production numbers to highlight one of the most popular and eclectic decades of music history. Last year, they 1 hits groupexpanded their repertoire to include some of the biggest hits from the 1950s, resulting in a true entertainment experience spanning the most important eras of music history.

Why We Play What We Play

Matt Muhoberac, the show’s producer and his wife Amber Campbell, one of the stars of the show, use the music as a way to connect with their audience and make sure they have a good time. They feature the best of the girl groups, guy groups, Simon and Garfunkle, the Hollies, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Elvis Presley and just about everything between that defined a decade of change.
“Our philosophy is that people here are on vacation and not only do they want memories, but they want to have fun,” he said. “We have fun on that stage every day, and we know if we do, then (the audience) does.”

In order to get in as many songs as possible, each cast member gets an opportunity to step to the forefront and shine, belting out one tune after another.  “We’ve got such a great cast this year and I can’t imagine doing it with anyone else,” Campbell said. “They’re all professional, both on stage and off, and they all do a great job.”

The cast features Justin Boudreaux, Justin Sassanella, Josh Barnhart, Ashley Jo Deaton and Kelly Wiegand. Each performer has an epic catalogue of music to choose from.

“There are literally hundreds and hundreds of songs from that era to choose from,” Matt said. “We try to get the biggest variety we can to reach the broadest group of people because everyone has their favorites and we try to get in as many as we can. You could do another two hour show of different No. 1 hits from that decade and never have one repeat.”

50’s and 60’s Together

As the Branson entertainment scene continued to change, so many shows seemed to remove all the great music from 50s. Matt and Amber thought that was a shame.

“The main reason we decided to add the 50s music is that so many of the shows that featured that music when we were here when we first started went away,” Matt said. “We talked about adding 70s music and things as we went on but there were so many people asking for music from that era we added it, and the response has been so good that we’re going to add some more next year.”

New Home, New Show

In 2015, the “#1 Hits of the 60s & 50s, Too” will call the Americana Theatre home.  “I think it’s going to be a great place to expand and grow the show,” Amber said. “We really want to take the show to the next level and we’ve added more music and more costume changes and we’ve got access to a lot of things to improve production that we just didn’t have before..”

In addition to the new venue and other changes, Amber said they’re adding a three-piece band to join the production.  “That will be so great for us and allow us to do so much more, but it’s just the first step for us,” she said. “We feel adding musicians takes it to that next level, plus the space itself allows for a little bit more production, as far as expanding sets, props and lighting.”

1 hits 60s lookWhile the future is most assuredly bright for the stars of the show and they continue to add new and exciting things each year, they’ll never stray from their roots.

“We have so much great music to choose from the late ‘50s through the ‘60s that we often joke we could re-write the show with 100 new songs every year and it would still be a fantastic show,” Amber  said. “And of course we’ll continue to move on into the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but we’ll always be ‘#1 Hits of the ‘60s’.”

Showtimes for the “#1 Hits of the 60s & 50s, Too” at the Americana Theatre are 7:30 p.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. most weekdays.
For more information, call 417-339-1960, or visit the new website at 1hitsofthe60s.com.

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Patsy Cline Remembered

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Classic Country Music

C.J. Newsom - Patsy Cline Remembered
C.J. Newsom

For more than 50 years, Branson has been home to the best country music shows in the nation, and the folks at the “Patsy Cline Remembered” show, named the 2014 Matinee Show of the Year, are doing their best to keep that reputation alive and well.

Starring C.J. Newsom, the sweet and lovable Missouri gal with a big voice, and her “All-Star” band known as the Re-Cliners, the show takes the audience on a fun, entertaining and emotional ride through the life story of an American icon.
“It saddens me when younger people don’t know who Patsy Cline is, or don’t know any of those great songs,” the passionate C.J. has said. “My goal is to do whatever I can to help as many people as possible remember the legacy of such a great performer, especially the younger generation.”

Breaking Out

After performing in several Branson shows, C.J. decided to break out on her own and follow her dreams. In 2013, she opened the “Patsy Cline Remembered” – Branson’s Classic Country Music show.
Her goal was to not only pay tribute to Patsy, but tell the story of her life without doing an “imitation” of her. There was no way she could do that without starting her own show.
“I didn’t want to sing just a couple of songs because that would just scratch the surface,” she said. “Patsy, the lady, and her music, well that was worthy of an entire show.”
As C.J. combed the Cline catalog, she knew she had some tough choices, as far as song selection was concerned.
“We went with popularity a lot, but she also has so many ballads, traditional country and fun songs to choose froms,” she laughed. “We ended up mixing it up, and we have nice variety.”
C.J. performs Cline hits like “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Back In Baby’s Arms” and so many more of Cline’s most popular tunes.

The Re-Cliners Band

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C.J. Newsom backed up by her award winning band, the Re-Cliners

With the perfect voice and the perfect playlist, she then had to make a decision regarding whether she’d sing to tracks, or to a live band.
“I realized a live band sounds so much better and we are able to do so much more,” she said. “Patsy’s music was so elaborate, and there was so much to it, we ended up with a five piece band.”
The five piece band, known as the Re-Cliners. Members of the band include guitarist Josh Carroll, Terry Laird on the piano, Craig White on drums, Justin Herzog strumming the upright bass and Greg Moody who handles the steel guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle.

With that much talent and passion on stage, “Patsy Cline Remembered” is one of those rare shows that makes you laugh, makes you cry, entertains and educates.

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