Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Not Your Average Branson Show

Looking for something different in Branson? Look no further than Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, now showing at Lodge of the Ozarks.

The cast of this show call themselves the “alternative Branson entertainment” and that description couldn’t be more accurate. Typically, when visitors come to Branson for the shows, they can expect to see full family performances, live bands rocking out onstage, countless country music tributes and bedazzled jackets galore. But with Almost Famous, you won’t find any of that.

This unique murder mystery show is a nice change of pace from the other shows in Branson and features an inviting cast of outgoing actors and actresses. Original scripts, simple sets and a unique take on murder mystery dinners make this show all too appealing.

The Crystal Theatre at the Lodge of the Ozarks welcomes a rowdy crowd for this show, so make sure you’re ready to have a good time! Relax with friends or family while you munch on a delicious meal as the mystery onstage unfolds, revealing an intricate plot, lots of laughs and eventually uncovering the murderer and motive.

You’ll have the chance to guess who committed the crime before the answer is revealed and chat with the hard-working cast members as they wander the theater mingling and serving dinner and dessert.

If you attend Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theater expecting a well-polished theater performance, it’s safe to say you’ll either be sorely disappointed or really confused. This fun-filled dinner show is meant to keep you on the edge of your seat with edgy humor, a little bit of improv, tons of interaction with the cast and boatloads of audience participation. So feel free to laugh as loud as you want, vocalize those sarcastic comebacks and enjoy a night of entertaining live theater.

Audience members of all walks of life will enjoy this performance but I would suggest leaving the younger kids at home. There are a few jokes meant for a mature audience and maybe one or two words used that you wouldn’t want the kiddos to take home.

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The Lodge of the Ozarks is located on the Branson strip at 3431 W. 76 Country Blvd., next door to the Hughes Brothers Theatre.

Solve a Murder Mystery with Almost Famous in Branson

Think you can solve a murder mystery? Here’s your chance to try with Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theater’s It WAS a Wonderful Life at the Crystal Theatre inside the Lodge of the Ozarks.

A twisted parody of the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, this show will follow a miserable George Daily as he sulks his way through the holidays. When he’s visited by an angel named Clarence, Daily is taken to the other side to solve his own murder and see his life in a whole new light.

You’ll enjoy a delicious meal, dessert, coffee and unlimited water while the entertaining cast delights you with a fun-filled murder mystery.

This show is family friendly so don’t worry about any blood or guts because you won’t find that here.

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The Lodge of the Ozarks is at 3431 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, next door to the Hughes Brothers Theatre.

Get In the Christmas Spirit With Carols On the Belle

Board the majestic Showboat Branson Belle for an evening or afternoon of supreme entertainment and delectable dining with Carols on the Belle.

Sit down to a three course meal and enjoy the variety show of a lifetime as you cruise the waters of Table Rock Lake on an authentic paddle wheel boat.

You’ll enjoy fantastic music from the world’s only aerial violinist, Janice Martin and hilarious comedy from the one and only Christopher James who also just happens to be well-versed in magic tricks.

The Showmen, an all-men vocal group will swoon you with their smooth melodies and creative arrangements and the boat’s female quartet, The ShowBelles will join in with your favorite holiday tunes.

During your cruise, definitely take the time to look out over the open deck and soak up the beautiful sights of Table Rock Lake.

If the Showboat Branson Belle’s Carols on the Belle don’t get you in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what will!

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Treat Your Tastebuds to a Yuletide Feast in Branson

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is hosting its annual Yuletide Feast Dinner Theatre this December 3 and 4, featuring the Renaissance comedy play “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” and a delicious four-course meal and a Christmas concert from the College of the Ozarks Chorale.

This annual holiday event will be held in the Silver Dollar City Parlor on campus at the Keeter Center where you’ll sit down to a delicious home-cooked four-course meal of sliced beets with goat cheese, fresh spinach and red onions served with a toasted walnut vinaigrette, warm corn chowder in a bread bowl and a duet of Roast Pork Loin and Stuffed Hen served with cornbread stuffing, brussel sprouts with cranberry chutney. Don’t forget to save room for the delicious sticky toffee pudding that will be served for dessert!

If all that mouthwatering food isn’t reason enough to attend this exciting event, while you eat you’ll be entertained by the hilarious Renaissance play, put on my students of C of Co, followed by a wonderful concert featuring a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas music.

Seating starts at 6:30 on both December 3 and 4 and the show begins at 7 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours.

Pre-registration is required so reserve your seats online at

College of the Ozarks is located just minutes from Branson at 1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, Mo.

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.

Have a Cowboy Christmas with Christmas on the Trail

Shows at The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead are always great and the Christmas on the Trail Dinner Show is no exception!

You’re in for a rowdy, cowboy holiday celebration complete with a delicious authentic chuck wagon dinner of three-bean trail chili, dutch oven taters, roasted chicken breast, a flame-roasted ear of corn, cornbread with honey butter and a dutch oven sweet apple cobbler. Delicious!

The dinner entertainment is just as great, with a cozy, heartwarming display of Christmas cheer from a talented cast of musicians. You’ll all gather around the stage set as a warm campfire in the Ozarks forest as the cast sings all your favorite Christmas songs with a little bit of a country twang.

Invoke the true meaning of Christmas with an 1800s style Christmas celebration before heading up to Inspiration Tower after the show, where you’ll find the bird’s eye view of twinkling Christmas lights across Branson simply irreplaceable.

Once you soaked up all those beautiful panoramic sights from the tower, head back down to drive through the Trail of Lights, an amazing two and a half miles of animated Christmas light displays.

Spend an evening celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with family and friends and experience a true cowboy Christmas with Christmas on the Trail Dinner Show, Inspiration Tower and the Trail of Lights.

To get your tickets to the show, click here. If you just want to check out the Trail of Lights, click here. If Inspiration Tower is more you’re thing, get your tickets here.

The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead is at 5586 W. 76 Country Blvd., about two and a half miles north of White Water on the strip.


Sit Down to a Hilarious Dinner With Yakov in Branson

This week I had Dinner With Yakov in Branson and “laughed my Yak-ov” all while learning a lot about love, laughter and the key to a happy relationship.

A Russian born comedian, Yakov became an American citizen in 1986 and quickly gained fame with his quick and hilarious commentary on American customs. With the fall of the Soviet Union, Yakov reinvented his stand-up comedy with a focus on relationships, love and laughter.

Yakov has a special talent for making his guests feel at home in his Branson theater and his dinner show is especially entertaining because he will sit down in a chair onstage and eat dinner with you as you are given the opportunity to ask him any question you want. One lady in the audience took it as an opportunity to ask the question, “Boxers or briefs?” (See what I mean about him making people feel comfortable?) After a brief moment of dumbfounded silence and giggles from all over the audience, he responded with, “I only wear Italian Leather or nothing at all. But really, it just depends.

If that gives you any idea of how the entirety of this show is, you should just go get your tickets now.

Throughout the show, he talked a lot about his family, his own relationships with his wife and kids and the struggles of becoming accustomed to a whole new culture. His laid-back show tackles some complex aspects of everyday relationships, all wrapped in a thick coating of laughter that will leave you with a deep sense of hope and enjoyment.

Yakov Smirnoff truly is a very talented entertainer and a sincere individual that can easily connect with just about anyone. You’ll enjoy this show filled with laughter and love as you sit down to a delicious meal of chicken, vegetables, mashed potatoes, cornbread, beef brisket and apple pie with this well known comedian.

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The Yakov Smirnoff Theater is at 470 Missouri 248, Branson, near the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.