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Branson 2019 - What’s New? Your Latest Update Offers 10 Great Things!

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Branson 2019 - What’s New? Your Latest Update Offers 10 Great Things!

Guess what time it is?  It’s time to share the latest news on “What’s New” in Branson for 2019!  As expected, there are several fun new things that have popped up since our original “What’s New” post was published, and our update posted in February - it happens pretty much every year, and we know you like to be kept up-to-speed on what’s happening in your favorite destination!

We’ve discovered ten cool things you need to see - five new shows, four additional concert appearances, and something exciting happening at Branson’s favorite winery!  And just in case you missed it, here is the original post about new stuff in 2019, published this past December, and the most recent update, as well as a post on the concert schedule for the year:  “New in Branson for 2019 - 17 New Reasons to Visit!” - “Branson 2019 “News” on What’s New...Plus Even More!” - “Branson Welcomes 23 Big Name Acts to the Concert Stage for 2019!

Okay, we’ll not keep you waiting any no particular order - here ya go!

1.  Jim Breuer:  The delightfully hilarious Saturday Night Live alum brings his latest comedy tour to Branson!  One of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” Breuer has upped his routine by making it cleaner - no four-letter words for this guy, he doesn’t need them to tickle even the most badly-broken funny bone!  He’s also a talented actor, working alongside the likes of Norm McDonald, David Spade, and Will Ferrell on SNL, and had a regular role on TV’s “Kevin Can Wait.” He’s been on talk shows hosted by Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and others, and enjoyed highly-rated specials on Comedy Central and EPIX. He hosted “The Jim Breuer Podcast” on iTunes, and fans of cult classic movies loved him in “Half Baked;” he starred with Guillermo Diaz and Dave Chappelle, and cameos included Tommy Chong, Willie Nelson, and Snoop Dogg.

When?  Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Where?  Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater on Highway 76

Why?  When’s the last time you saw a stand-up artist make you laugh so hard you didn’t make it to the restroom in time?  Yeah, get your tickets now!

2.  Max Weinberg’s Jukebox:  Just know have to be one heckuva musician to hold your own on stage with The Boss, Mr. Bruce Springsteen himself - and that talent caught the attention of Conan O'Brien, who welcomed The Max Weinberg 7 to his late night talk show as his house band.  With that kind of experience, and more, you can appreciate how many great songs this guy must know! That’s why he’s bringing his Jukebox to the stage, a fantastic show where you, that’s right, the audience gets to decide what the band will play! And you won’t need to have a stack of quarters ready, just pay attention to the song list of 200 classics displayed on the stage screens and let Max know what you want to hear - you can even throw out a favorite not on the list - if they can play it, they will!

When?   Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Where?  Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater on Highway 76

Why?  A super-talented collection of musicians who’ll play the classic hits you want to hear?  Why would you ever want to miss it? Good thing you don’t have to - get tickets now, while you can!

3.  St. James Winery’s Premium Wine Tasting:  This fun new tasting session is like taking a basic wine “class,” but way more tasty!  It features one ounce pours of six premium wines from St. James’ Winemaker Series - it’s the “best of the best” from Missouri’s largest and most awarded winery. Each wine featured in the Premium Tasting is valued between $30 and $59 per bottle, but session guests get special pricing on the bottles they wish to purchase. Your instructor is a local St. James wine expert who’ll help you pair each wine with a gourmet cheese (included in the session price,) and provide you with a free 16-ounce souvenir wine glass.  You’ll also enjoy the second generation owner of the family winery in a video presentation; Peter Hoefherr’s video also includes Andrew Meggitt, St. James’ Head Winemaker.

When?   Available by reservation - Thursday through Monday at 3:00 p.m. - the session takes about an hour.

Where?  St. James Winery - less than a block from Highway 76 on Highway 165

Why?  You’ll never have a better opportunity to discover the best of St. James, and have a great time doing it!

4.  Merry Christmas with Dino and Cheryl:  Popular pianist, Dino Kartsonakis, returns to the Branson stage, where he has successfully appeared in many popular productions in the past. Dino gained many of his most loyal fans playing in Branson, especially when he appeared with the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Now he, and wife, Cheryl, have an all new Christmas show where he’ll be playing holiday favorites along with some of the greatest songs ever written.  Playing his stunning million-dollar Austrian crystal piano, accompanied by Cheryl’s lovely voice, Dino’s latest holiday show will appear at the historic Shepherd of the Hills in their Playhouse Theatre, the ideal venue for the type of intimate performances Branson loves. And not only will guests enjoy an incredible show, they’ll have a delicious dinner, too!

When?   November 5 through December 31 - lunch and dinner with 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. arrival times.

Where?  Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Adventure Park- Playhouse Theatre - on Highway 76

Why?  If you’ve ever experienced Dino at Christmas time, you wouldn’t need to ask the question!

5.  Marvin Gaye & Friends:  One of music’s greatest and most beloved artists, Marvin Gaye, left us far too soon, but gave the world an incredible catalog of music that tribute artist, Kirk Hunter, expertly shares in this highly anticipated new production in Branson. Appearing in a small, up-close-and-personal venue in Branson’s downtown district, you’ll enjoy hits that may include  “I’ll Be Doggone,” “Let’s Get It On,” “Mercy, Mercy Me,” “Sexual Healing,” the thought-provoking “What’s Goin’ On,” and the #1 smash Motown hit most people think of when they hear the name Marvin Gaye, “Heard It Through the Grapevine.” In addition to Gaye’s unforgettable classics, you’ll hear the hits of other artists of the era. You’ll love the timeless music of the one-and-only Prince of Soul, easily some of the greatest songs ever recorded, courtesy of the talented Kirk Hunter!

When?   Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., beginning April 16 and running through December 26.

Where?  Hot Hits Theatre in Historic Downtown Branson - Commercial Street

Why?  Marvin Gaye…’nuff said!

6.  Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley:  One of country music’s most iconic pairings returns for a one-night-only concert in the town that still misses Moe’s name on his Americana Theater!  The former resident headliner in Branson, Bandy teamed up with Stampley in 1979 for the country chart-topping classic, "Just Good Ol' Boys,” and fans still enjoy hearing them together.  Moe’s other hits include “Americana,” “It’s a Cheating Situation,” “Till I’m Too Old to Die Young,” and the largely autobiographical song, “Bandy The Rodeo Clown.” As a solo artist, Stampley gave us #1 hits like “Roll On Big Mama,” “Soul Song,” and “All These Things,” and a collection of Top Ten songs that includes, “Do You Ever Fool Around,” “I’m Still Loving You,” and “Take Me Home to Somewhere.”  Moe and Joe together? Pure country magic!

When?   Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Where?  Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater on Highway 76

Why?  Like we said above...Moe and Joe together?  Pure country magic!

7.  Mel Tillis Jr.:  If there’s any country superstar, whose name graced a theater here, that Branson misses most, it’s the incredible Mel Tillis!  Well, fans can rejoice because the apple didn’t fall far from the tree - Mel Jr., a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, will be here to share his world-famous father’s classics, other country favorites, and music he’s written for artists like Ricky Skaggs, Trace Adkins, Reba McIntire, Lee Greenwood, Billy Currington, and Ty Herndon.  Mel Jr. also shared writing credit for “When I Think About Angels,” a #1 hit for Jamie O’Neal. The late Mel Tillis’ hits include “Sawmill,” “I Ain’t Never,” “These Lonely Hands of Mine,” “I Believe In You,” “Lyin’ Time Again,” and “Good Woman Blues.” He also recorded “Send Me Down to Tucson” and “Coca Cola Cowboy,” hits featured in the Clint Eastwood film, “Every Which Way But Loose.”

When?   Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Where?  Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater on Highway 76

Why?  Because you love great country music, and just like us, you adored Mel Tillis!

8.  The Toby Show:  An Ozarks production with deep roots here, The Toby Show returns, and longtime residents are thrilled to welcome this beloved tale back to Branson!  Original shepherd and co-writer of the Shepherd of the Hills novel, Shad Heller, was instrumental in bringing the Toby Show here in the 1960s, so it’s fitting that the Shepherd of the Hills will host it.  Inspired by Beverly Hillbillies star, Irene Ryan, a.k.a. “Granny,” Shad and his wife, Mollie, put together a Toby Show - the “Wilderness Settlement” on Highway 76, home to the Corn Crib Theater, a blacksmith, and a taffy shop, became its home in ‘69.  Once a traveling, vaudeville-style show, The Toby Show is a story of good versus evil - the main character assumed a profession representative of the area it would visit - a farmer or lumberjack, for example. It’s sure to be a big hit in Branson, once again!

When?   Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from May 21 through July 27 - Thursday and Saturday from August 1 through October 19 - dinner served at 4:00 p.m. - show begins at 5:00 p.m.

Where?  Shepherd of the Hills Homestead & Adventure Park - Playhouse Theatre - on Highway 76

Why?  The chance to see something precious to Branson’s history, and have a great dinner, too?  Take it!

9.  Leroy New - A Tribute to Marty Robbins and Classic Country Stars:  Branson fans loved hearing Leroy New perform in shows at the IMAX’s Little Opry Theatre a few years back, so everyone is happy to have him return in an all new show!  We already know how good he is at paying tribute to Marty Robbins, but he also adds the music of several other “Classic Country Stars” to his playlist, like Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Maybelle Carter, Johnny Cash, and Chet Atkins.  You’ll love hearing these Robbins’ hits once again, especially expertly delivered by the talented Leroy New, “Devil Woman,” “Faleena,” “Don’t Worry,” “Among My Souvenirs,” and fan favorite, “El Paso.” With an incredible voice and fantastic guitar pickin’ skills, Leroy delights audiences with his mix of traditional country and western, gospel, bluegrass, and a taste of Cajun,

When?  2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - some 10:00 a.m. shows in October, November and December, and some dates vary.

Where?  Dutton Family Theater on Highway 76

Why?  If you’re asking, that just means you haven’t heard Leroy channel the late, great Chet Atkins!

10.  Branson Murder Mystery Dinner Theater’s Murder at the Town Vote:  The same hilarious writer and crew that’s been delighting audiences with Murder on the Square returns with a new production!  Why another dastardly drama on the stage, you ask? Because someone else has gone and gotten themselves murdered! Some of your favorite antics in the previous show return for this one, with a whole bunch of new reasons to laugh your head off!  And just like before, naive, wait, we mean “brave” people from the audience can get in on the action and have more fun, and enjoy even more laughs, sometimes at their own expense! Another outrageous tale that’s somewhat loosely based on actual Branson history hits the stage, and brings along some delicious vittles for dinner in the form of a hot dinner buffet.

When?  February through December on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays - dinner at 4:00 p.m. - show begins at 5:00 p.m.

Where?  Majestic Theatre -  Gretna Road - just a hop, skip, and a jump from The Strip - Highway 76

Why?  Mystery, belly-laughs, amateur actors from the audience, and a hot dinner?   Count us in, please!

There you have it, 10 more exciting new Branson happenings!  Want more shows, like #10, that tell a story? Check this out:  “Branson Shows that Tell a Story - It’s Live Theater, Branson Style!”  And now that you know about even more new stuff, whatcha waitin’ for? Get goin’ and get yourself to Branson right now!