Jimmie "J.J." Walker & La La Brooks are coming to Branson, Missouri, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Branson is better than any other destination at embracing big blasts from our comedy and hit song-filled pasts, especially those “blasts” who continue to tour, record, write, and leave a lot of laughter-filled and musically satisfied souls wherever they go!
Most of us had our first encounter with the hilarious and lovable J.J. Walker when he graced our television screens in “Good Times,” the first successful African American-created sitcom - it featured a struggling, but happy, African American family with veteran actors, Esther Rolle and John Amos, as the parents, and with neighbors that included a very young Janet Jackson. Walker became the breakout star of the show, and his irresistible character’s catchphrase, “Dy-no-mite,” became a household expression of joy around the country. J.J.’s role on the sitcom not only charmed audiences, it caught the attention of industry professionals and earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. A stand up comedian prior to his television success, he kept those comedic skills honed through live appearances, as well as television guest-starring roles in a long list of favorites that include The Drew Carey Show, The Love Boat, Cagney & Lacey, Scrubs, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Larry Sanders Show. He’s also been seen in several movies, including The Comedian, a film starring the legendary Robert DeNiro.
La La Brooks was a young teenager when she landed the lead-singing spot with the 60s-era girl group, The Crystals. Her incredible voice helped put the group on the pop charts - their two biggests hits “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me” are both on Rolling Stone’s list of Top 500 Greatest Hits of All Time, and the group is in the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In addition to her success with The Crystals, Brooks found fame on Broadway in the original production of the mega-hit musical, “Hair,” and in the “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” a Tony Award-winning rock musical. La La has toured and/or recorded with a long list of big-name artists, including Bobby Womack, the Neville Brothers, and Isaac Hayes. She’s performed on television in shows that range from American Bandstand to The Late Show with David Letterman, and continues to tour with her own group, performing her classics and other incredible songs from the early decades of rock and pop music that her audiences love to hear!
Additional Information/Helpful Hints
- Jimmie "J.J." Walker & La La Brooks will appear at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.
- The theater is located at 1600 West Highway 76.
- The American Bandstand complex also hoses an auto museum that displays both vintage and celebrity vehicles, and a Hurts Donut location. There’s also an impressive collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, both from Dick Clark’s personal collection, as well as other treasured items, on display throughout the theater complex.
- There is a nice gift shop located in the lobby area of the theater.
- The updated concession area - Legendary Eats - serves items you won’t find in a typical concession, including Johnsonville Brats, ham & turkey croissants, chili-cheese dogs, chocolate covered bananas, and gourmet cookies that are fresh-baked and yummy!
- The performance of Jimmie "J.J." Walker & La La Brooks will be family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.
- PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this special limited-engagement performance are non-refundable.
Everyone knows they can look to Branson for great comedy and music, it’s a destination filled with a nice variety of both -- but did you know that Branson also hosts a long list of guest performers? Several theaters are home to limited-engagement concerts, and one of these special events hits the stage in October - be here for the one-night-only appearance of the irascible Jimmie “J.J.” Walker and the legendary vocals of the incomparable La La Brooks!