See One of Branson’s Finest: The Doug Gabriel Show

Doug GabrielThis week I had the opportunity to experience the Doug Gabriel Show and I definitely wasn’t prepared for the high-energy performance this cast provided.

This show is absolutely packed with great music, family-friendly humor and one group of very talented musicians. With a variety of music and fast paced transitions, this show appeals to all ages so bring your kids, parents, grandparents, mother-in-law and whoever else you can grab.

The entire Gabriel family performs throughout the show, featuring Doug’s wife, a wonderful vocalist, two of his sons who are incredible percussionists and his 16-year-old daughter, a very talented up-and-coming vocalist who clearly has a lot of potential. Together, they create an exciting and contagious family charisma that will keep your eyes glued to the stage from start to finish.

The show I saw this Monday was a half and half mixture of the regular Doug Gabriel show and their family Christmas production. The first half featured many of the songs you’ll see performed throughout the regular season and the second half was absolutely dripping with holiday cheer. One aspect of the show that was particularly great and refreshing was the reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. I hadn’t seen that in a Branson show before and I’m glad they included it.

Doug GabrielOverall, my favorite part of the show had to be the “car tune” featuring a comical and fascinating array of instruments made with car parts — the centerpiece being Doug’s 1969 Thunderbird “Mufftar.” Interestingly enough, the group’s rendition of Dueling Banjos (car parts in all) was the best I’ve ever heard.

Of course, I can’t fail to mention “Flying J,” one of Doug’s overly-enthusiastic drumming sons who is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire show with his hilarious antics. When he comes out onstage you can never really be quite sure of what he’s about to do so prepare yourself! His silliness reminded me a lot of my own brothers and I’m sure once you see the Gabriel family’s Flying J, you’ll realize your family has its very own Flying J too!

The Doug Gabriel show is a great reminder of the quality, family entertainment Branson provides and it’s definitely one of those must-see shows. So add it to the top of your must-see list and stop by the Doug Gabriel Theatre next time you’re in town for a fast-paced incredible production that you’ll remember for years to come.

And don’t forget, Doug Gabriel also has his very own New Year’s Eve Show featuring his talented family and all the works including drawings, party favors, cake and a live countdown!

For more information on the Doug Gabriel New Year’s Eve Show, read “6 Incredible New Year’s Eve Shows in Branson” or visit

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Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with Billy Dean

Grammy Award winner Billy Dean wants to spend Christmas with you! So head to Branson and catch Billy Dean’s 12 Days of Christmas, showing at the Starlite Theatre now.

Billy Dean’s outstanding musicianship and comedian and talented drummer Jarrett Dougherty’s hilarious antics puts this show at the top of the “must-see” list. Billy Dean’s 12 Days of Christmas features a great compilation of fantastic country music, comedy and those festive holiday tunes that bring back warm memories of Christmases past.

Hear some of his biggest singles like “Only Here For a Little While,” “You Don’t Count the Cost” and “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” alongside some of the most well known holiday favorites that will have you singing along in no time.

Join the fun at the Starlite Theatre in Branson this holiday season, and count the 12 days of Christmas with Billy Dean.

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Celebrate Christmas With The Texas Tenors

With an abundance of Christmas shows in Branson to choose from this time of year, it can be difficult to decide just how you’re going to spend your time in town. But one thing is certain — The Texas Tenors should be on your list of Christmas shows to see this year.

The group’s award-winning live concert series “Deep In The Heart of Christmas” features an exciting mixture of contemporary and traditional Christmas favorites that will lift your spirits, soothe your soul and get you ready for the holidays.

Surrounded onstage by a peaceful Christmas wonderland, these three handsome tenors, Marcus, John and JC will delight you with their smooth vocals, tight harmonies and soaring melodies as you sit back and soak up the sounds that express the true meaning of Christmas.

If you want an exciting Christmas show that’s not just full of glam and overdone holiday glitz, but rather true musicianship and joyful, inspirational sounds that you’ll remember for years to come, check out The Texas Tenors at the Starlite Theatre at 3115 W. 76 Country Blvd., across the road from the Hollywood Wax Museum on the strip.

For tickets or more information, click here.


Have a Very Dixie Christmas in Branson

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is one of the area’s most beloved dinner shows, frequented by Branson visitors from all over the country. But the fun isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the Dixie Stampede Dinner and Christmas Show.

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with all the delicious trimmings piled high on your plate while you sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.

You’ll enjoy familiar holiday music as you’re encouraged to sing along, watch the incredible trick riders test the laws of gravity as they perform unbelievable stunts while in glittering festive costume and of course, Santa will make his long awaited appearance with an authentic sleigh filled with goodies!

Dixie Stampede’s Christmas celebration is a beautiful display of holiday cheer and joy that is enjoyed by visitors of all ages. So come by for a nostalgic extravaganza of one of the most magical holidays in America.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is at 1525 W. 76 Country Blvd., across the strip from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.

For tickets or more information, click here.

Experience the Unbelievable with Hamners’ Christmas Variety Show

On Saturday I went to see Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Christmas Show and was highly entertained.

These talented performers definitely have the definition of “variety” down to a science because every time the curtain closed and opened again, I had no idea what kind of act I was in for next.

Although it’s a Christmas show, don’t expect to see all the holiday trimmings right away — the first half is the best of Hamners’ unbelievable variety from the year round show.

You’ll experience a bit of everything from ventriloquism and acrobatics to incredible vocal performances, magic, comedy and illusions. I was blown away by the things these performers were doing. I kept trying to figure out the magic tricks, but to no avail. Nevertheless, one particular magic act was centered around birds. The magician kept pulling bird after bird out of a simple cloth. It was incredible. And these were real birds, by the way. Several of them even flew across the audience directly overhead which made for an awe-inspiring, extraordinary experience.

I also really enjoyed the ventriloquist. She has perfected her craft so well that at times, it’s difficult to remember the doll isn’t really the one doing the talking. I can’t imagine how much time and practice it takes to actually make that act believable.

The acrobatics had to be my favorite part of the show though. The show features a Russian duo that perform some jaw-dropping feats of strength and agility. You’ll be amazed by all that they can do!

The second half of the show was starkly different with creative holiday sets, festive costumes and of course, Christmas music! It was a lot of fun and I could tell the performers were having a blast as well. Although the second half is purely a Christmas celebration, it still featured that unstoppable variety that keeps this fast paced show interesting.

At Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Christmas show, you’ll find yourself believing the unbelievable, so don’t miss out! Click here for tickets or more information.

Hamners’ Variety Theater is at 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in Branson, just down the street from the Shoji Tabuchi Theater.


See Sandi Patty & The 100 Voices Choir in Branson this Holiday Season

Known by many as merely “The Voice,” Sandi Patty is well known for her impressive vocal range and popular gospel songs.

Join Sandi Patty & The 100 Voices Choir at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson for a limited engagement Christmas show that will delight audience members of all ages.

With more than 200 heavily attended concerts a year throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sandi Patty’s fame grew and she won her first two GMA Dove Awards in 1982. In 2004, she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and awarded the GMA Music in the Rockies Summit Award in 2007. Since then, she has accumulated a host of awards including 40 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards and four Billboard Music Awards.

Her live concert in Branson will be one of the biggest highlights of the season and is sure to sell out. You’ll enjoy this holiday show filled with your Christmas favorites and a message of hope, love and joy that accompanies Sandi’s beautiful voice.

The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre is at 464 State Hwy. 248 in Branson, across from the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre.

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Andy Williams Christmas Variety Show Starring the Osmonds and the Lennon Sisters

aw christmasThe Andy Williams Moon River Theatre’s regular Christmas Variety Show has a new twist this year as the Osmonds and the Lennon Sisters host this spectacular, limited engagement performance.

Consistent with the traditional Andy Williams format, this show is hosted by the Osmonds and the Lennon Sisters. Throughout the performance, archival footage of Andy Williams will appear to complement the full orchestra, dancers, and music set to fill the Christmas spectacular.

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Enjoy the warmth of the season at this colorful performance with your family. You will be impressed by the talented acts as well as the spectacular Andy Williams Moon River Theatre. The building was built to beautifully flow into the Ozark region and has won the Conservation Award for Developed Land Use by the State of Missouri and was featured in Architectural Digest, the first theater to ever do so.

From young to old, every member of your family will delight in this dynamic night of entertainment.  This special treat is only available until December 7th, so don’t miss your chance to see an exhilarating Christmas show!