During the winter the Branson entertainment community takes a break from their crazy show schedules to relax and regroup. There is something else that happens at that time also. It is the annual Branson theater shuffle. This shuffling of theaters is as predictable as birds migrating south in the spring. To many locals this is the only excitement going on in town. In the hope of keeping the public informed of the changes in Branson, here is information regarding the 2011 shuffle.
One important shuffle that many people want to know is where this year’s Elvis sightings will be. Tony Roi’s Elvis show will be at the Moon River Theater this year and taking his place at The Haygood Theater Will be Joseph Hall as Elvis. Of course, there will be an Elvis at The legends Show, and rumor has it an Elvis convention is coming later in the year.
Branson is also experiencing a tenor invasion. The Redneck Tenors will be at the Mansion Theater, The Texas Tenors will be at the Starlight Theater, and the Twelve Irish Tenors will be back at the Branson Variety Theater.
Branson Variety Theater has ended the long run of Spirit of the Dance, but is introducing the new “Hurray for Hollywood” show. The Mansion will be bringing back one night star concerts and something new that no other theater has been bold enough to try in the past; Shofights! If you like watching those anything goes cage fighting on television you will enjoy these new limited engagement fights.
Other new shows this year include the Alabama Revival at the God and Country Theater complex that also hosts the Eagles Tribute, and Always Patsy Cline. Todd Oliver has moved out of the Branson Belle into the Jim Stafford Theater opening the door for two new shows on the boat. Last year the Branson Belle had problems with running a ground during a storm, but all is well and the boat is in full operation for cruises. They are currently performing “Encore” a wonderful new variety show and in May the will introduce, “Funny Fiddle”.
Other shuffles include Doug Gabriel moving into the Music City Center. The Center is under new ownership and management and is expected to announce more new shows in the future. The Platters are now at the newly opened Icon Theater where they also have Chubby Checkers and The Rat Pack. The Osmonds will be at the Caravelle Theater and will be featuring Joe and Tamara Tinoco from the Magnificent Variety Show.
Other activity to keep an eye on this year is a sold sign on the old Christy Lane Theater and activity of renovation at the Grand Palace. Look for updated articles as soon as information is released.
Now you can make informed decisions as you choose your favorite shows to see in Branson while supporting live musical theater in a sleepy little Ozark town that has a lot going on.