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C.J. Newsom’s Classic Country & Comedy

Love of Country Music

Branson visitors that love country music will want to add “C.J. Newsom’s Classic Country & Comedy” to the top of their must see list.  This wonderful show features critically acclaimed C.J. Newsom and her award winning band, the Re-Cliners, and guarantees foot stomping good fun.  C.J. said, “I am so excited about this year.  Everyone is loving all the songs we sing from Hank William Senior to Reba and Garth!C.J. Newsom & Terry Sanders”  With her ever expanding repertoire and the addition of the Seve-Time Comedian of the Year and Hee Haw Star, Terry Sanders, this year will be sensational!
“I have known C.J. for years, and we’re thrilled about the whole prospect of what we can do together,” Terry said with his trademark smile. “This partnership gives me the chance to do more of what I love to do.  “I’m excited about being back in a country music show, as well as giving my fan base the chance to see me back on stage.”

Located on Branson 76 Strip

The Americana Theatre
With their new location at the beautiful Americana Theatre right at the heart of the 76 strip, CJ and Terry will make their mark on the Branson show scene starting on  April 1.  Be part of the excitement! Put this great show at the top of your list.  For tickets call 417-544-8700 or visit them online at ClassicCountryAndComedy.com.

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Presleys’ Country Jubilee

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From Caves to Stars

Presley AmbrusFrom the caves under the beautiful Ozark Mountain hills to right in the middle of the 76 strip, the Presleys’ Country Jubilee has seen it all.  Back when they started, no one had air conditioning.  So to beat the heat, locals would gather after a long day of work in the many caves and have dances and parties.  The Presleys just loved playing music back then and you can see that the love has not faded over the many years and generations.

First on Hwy 76

They were the first show on the 76 strip, but back then it was just aPresley guys two lane road out in the middle of nowhere.  They even built their theater without a slope in the audience just in case they had to turn the building into a  boat storage facility.  But it wasn’t long before people far and near were coming to hear this wonderful family and their toe tapping music.

Today

The theater has been remodeled with new seats and lights but the Presleys comedyPresley’s still deliver the same toe tapping good time people want to hear.  Their mixture of Hill Billy Comedy and Great Music make this a show you will want to see again and again.

Come see them Monday through Saturday at 8 PM in their wonderful theater.  And you might want to upgrade to the red seats…they are awfully comfortable.

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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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Bad Moon Risin

The producers who brought the hit shows “Take it to the Limit: A Tribute to the Eagles” and the Journey tribute show “Don’t Stop Believin'” to Ozark Mountain Country are excited to debut “Bad Moon Risin’,” an all-new show for 2015. “Bad Moon Risin'” is a rock ‘n’ roll concert that takes the audience through the life and times of one of the greatest American bands of all time, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The Show

For the past few years, many of the hundreds of thousands of visitors flocking to Branson have had an insatiable thirst for classic rock ‘n’ roll, and this all-new show at the Tribute Theatre is giving people all they can handle, and more. Billed as a “rockumentary” of sorts, the story of Creedence Clearwater Revival unfolds over two rocking hours, complete with stories, videos and live music highlighting some of the band’s greatest hits, including “Green River,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Down On the Corner,” “Bad Moon Risin'” “Proud Mary” and many, many more.

A Show for the Veterans

The music of Creedence Clearwater Revival is as popular today as ever, thanks in large part to the Veterans of the Vietnam War. The band saw their greatest success from the fall of 1968 through January of 1970, which also happened to be the most turbulent years of the Vietnam War. The music of Creenence Clearwater Revival not only served as a soundtrack to so many brave men and women serving in southeast Asia, but it also helped them hang on to the images of friends, family and loved ones – everything they were fighting to protect. With this in mind, producers of “Bad Moon Risin'” are featuring three of the most iconic Creedence songs in a way they’ve never been used before. The presentation, atmosphere and arrangement of these songs create an emotional and uplifting tribute to the veterans unlike any other tribute in this town, or any other. These are men who laid their lives on the line so we could enjoy living in the greatest country in the world, so it is important to remember that this is their music… this is their show… and this is their tribute.

The Cast

Starring former “Legends in Concert” Blues Brother Bucky Heard, guitarist Larry Holiday, drummer Steve Froese, bassist Dennis Groves and rhythm guitarist and producer Jon Sousan, “Bad Moon Risin'” seamlessly blends concert quality music, production, lighting, soundpassion and multimedia to tell the story of four boys from southern California who made a name for themselves playing swamp rock, and in doing so, changed the world. Featuring timeless Creedence classics performed by a live band in a concert atmosphere mixed in with more than a few laughs, this show is perfect for anyone who loves great times and better music. For more information, visit bransontributetheatre.com.

Magnificent Seven Variety Show

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mag7-1Featuring the biggest hit songs from 7 decades, more than 200 rapid-fire costume changes, hilarious comedy and some of the best singing, dancing and drama this side of the Mississippi River, there’s little wonder why the “Magnificent Seven Variety Show,” or “Mag 7” as it’s known around these parts, has been one of Branson’s most popular shows for the past 12 years and has been named “Branson’s Best Variety Show” and “Show of the Year.” Spanning the essential big band era of the 1940s all the way through the contemporary hits of today, there’s something for everyone at the “Magnificent Seven Variety Show” at the Hamners’ Variety Theatre.

The Cast

Joe and Tamara Tinoco
Joe and Tamara Tinoco

“Mag 7” stars the lovely and talented Tamra Tinoco, multiple winner of the Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer of the Year awards. The heart of “Mag 7” lies with blond beauty’s powerhouse voice, which carries the show whether she’s singing a country classic, a rock and roll anthem or a Broadway showtune. Tamra has performed alongside stars like Lee Greenwood, Vince Gill, Ferlin Husky, and was Porter Wagoner’s special guest star on the Grand Ole Opry. In addition to being the show’s star, Tamra is also the producer of the “Mag 7” show, and has also produced several award-winning productions for stage and television, including “Today’s Country,” “Magnificent Country” and the “Showcase Jubilee.”

Tamra is joined on stage by her equally talented husband Joe, who has performed worldwide with some of the biggest celebrities in the industry, sang at the Grand Ole Opry on the historic Ryman Auditorium stage and has graced both the big and small screen with TV and movie roles. Not only does Joe sing classic country like no other, he’s also been known to belt out a classic rock song or two. Joe has been named Best Male Entertainer of the Year and one half of the Best Duet of the Year.

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Talya Tinoco

Rounding out the Tinoco trio is Joe and Tamra’s 10 year-old daughter Talya. Known locally as a “triple threat,” young Talya is an accomplished singer, dancer and performer who has been performing since she was one year old. In addition to being one of Branson’s up-and-coming stars, Talya has also won Branson’s Young Entertainer of the Year award two years running, and took home half of the Duet of the Year award last year along with her daddy.

The rest of cast, Dusty Wooldridge, Jeanna Kilbane, Cameron Hansen, and Bethany Hansen, are without a doubt the deepest cast in any show in town, and they all get the chance to stand center stage and wow the audience.

The Show

While nearly every show in Ozark Mountain Country touts they have something for everyone, “Mag 7” delivers with a vengeance. The show takes the audience on a journey through the swing music
of the 1940s, the best of the early days of 1950s country and rock ‘n’ roll, the sweet, soulful and soothing sounds of Motown and the classic rock that defined the 1960s, the disco craziness of the 1970s leading into the crazier music of the 1980s and ending with today’s biggest pop and country hits.

From 8 months old to 88 years old, “Mag 7” is perfect for everyone.
For tickets and more information, visit mag7show.com or hamnersunbelievable.com.Variety Show

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Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show

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The Variety

The “Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show,” is not only Branson’s best true variety show offering an array of singers, dancers, an impressionist, a ventriloquist, an aerialist, exotic birds, one-of-a-kind magic tricks and illusions, it is a fun, family-friendly experience that must be seen to be believed.

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Dave & Denise Hamner

The brainchild of Merlin Award winning husband and wife illusionists Dave and Denise Hamner, the “Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show” is the culmination of a dream more than 25 years in in the making. Dave and Denise have been at the pinnacle of the magic community for more than 25 years, calling Branson home for more than a decade. After a successful partnership with ventriloquist Jim Barber ended in 2013, the Hamners decided they wanted something different. Very different.

“For many years we had a clear vision of what we wanted for a variety show,” Dave said. “And our new cast has the same feelings, goals and vision for this new show.”

The Voices

The first thing Dave and Denise did was recruit two well known vocalists in Tamra Tinoco, star of the  Magnificent Variety Show,” also at the Hamners’ Variety Theatre, and singing impressionist Jeff Brandt.

“We know here in Branson they like a lot of music, so we brought in Tamra, who is one of the best female vocalists, not just here, but anywhere,” Dave beamed. “And, of course, Jeff, who is a great impressionist performing everything from Elvis to Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys, (yes, all of them) he also has a wonderful voice as himself.”

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Vadim and Mariya Serykh

With Jeff and Tamra on board, Dave and Denise kept stockpiling talent, adding the graceful and jaw-dropping Russian acrobatic adagio pair of Vadim and Mariya Serykh and the hilarious comedy of ventriloquist Brenda Hahne, who literally has her hands full with her Aunt Ruby. Dave and Denise rounded out one of the best production teams in the area when choreographer and dancer A.J. Heard and assistant choreographer and dancer Ken Brown returned.

Armed with the perfect cast, crew and production team, Dave and Denise went to work on a handful of all-new thrilling illusions, up-close magic and a totally new format.

In the spring of 2014, the “Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show” opened to rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

The Veterans

While the show definitely has its share of flash, there is also substance, especially when Dave pays tribute to the Veterans.

“One of the things we’re most proud of is we’ve updated our tribute to the veterans with a new original song by A.J.’s husband and local entertainer Bucky Heard,” Dave said. “We added some new interviews from Pentagon officials who were there during the 9/11 attacks, and it’s just powerful stuff.”

Hamner said he is proud of his wife, the cast and the crew for making sure the show lives up to its name each and every night and is truly “Unbelievable.”

“That’s the name of the show, but more importantly, that’s what we want people to say once they see it,” he said. “We’re so excited about the show, and what we have here, so we want people to have a full experience and to leave satisfied that they saw something truly unbelievable.”

From the time the curtain opens to the sounds of the classic rock tune “Grand Illusion” until the emotional finale, guests are treated to some of the finest entertainment on any stage, in any venue, in any place. You must see it to believe it.

Visit hamnersunbelievable.com for more information about the Hamners’ Unbelievable and the  Patsy Cline Remembered Shows.

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