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A Review of The Grand Jubilee in Branson, MO

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A Review of The Grand Jubilee in Branson, MO

This show certainly has something to offer for everyone! The Grand Jubilee plays at the Grand Country Music Hall (1945 W 76 Country Blvd) year-round 7:30pm daily. Parking at and navigating through the Grand Country Music Hall was very easy. Once inside, there were all sorts of shops and restaurants available to browse and enjoy before the show, including a fudge shop, buffet, and gift store. Staff was friendly and glad to show guests to their seats. The theatre was smaller and more intimate, with cinema-style seating allowed for every seat to have an excellent view of the show. The Grand Jubilee lasted a little over two hours and was appropriate for all ages.

The cast included a large country-rock band named the Rhinestone Mafia (steel guitarist, boogey pianist, fiddler and more), an energetic emcee, a four-part male gospel group, a stunning female vocalist with an array of sparkling evening gowns, an unpredictable yet hysterical comedian, and more. The host, Mike Patrick, emceed like a younger Roy Clark, frenetically pacing the narration of the show. He slid and banged on the piano just like Jerry Lee Lewis to his own rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” and burned the house down. Playing the greatest hits from the ‘50s to the ‘80s, fun rock ‘n’ roll oldies and dancing melodies energized the crowd. Classic duets such as Grease’s “You’re the One that I Want” (leather jackets included!) and hilarious spectacles like Ray Stevens’ “The Streak” kept the audience guessing and waiting for more. Special fog and lighting effects along with large screens and video technology made this show fresh and interactive. The audience was constantly surprised and delighted by the appearance of guests such as Cher, Dolly Parton, and Elton John. Jaime Haage, veteran Branson star for over 30 years now, performing as Jim Dandy, did a striking Tiny Tim impression that had the whole crowd in an uproar with laughter. Both the bands ZZ Top, complete with long beards and spinning guitars, and the Village People, cop costume and all, electrified the stage, bringing the audience to their feet. New South, a four-part male country-gospel group, did a great job covering “Elvira” by the Oak Ridge Boys Band. The four-part harmony, featuring original New South bass singer Mark McCauley, gave the audience chills as they sang traditional yet beautiful arrangements of classic hymns, such as “How Great Thou Art” and other gospel favorites. The show was action-packed, as two random ladies in the audience were called to the stage for a serenade. Halfway through the show, the lights come up for a fifteen minute intermission, allowing for bathroom breaks, trips to the concession counter, and a quick on-stage meet-and-greet with the cast and band of The Grand Jubilee. The show concluded with a salute to the veterans in the audience, as well as Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America” and other songs celebrating our country. All of the performers were available for photo-ops and autographs post-show just outside the gift shop.

Very visual and flashy, this show had mesmerizing dancing and dazzling costumes. The music was fun and upbeat for the most part in covering a huge variety of genres, and the comedy was clean, yet witty enough to make everyone laugh. This show truly is a Branson classic and really captures the Ozark spirit.