Branson Shows 101

You’re excited about the beautiful outdoor attractions, exciting activities and jam-packed calendar of events that will make your Branson vacation one for the ages.

Here’s one more reason to get pumped about your getaway: Branson's live show scene is way more diverse than you ever imagined.

Live shows in Branson come in all sizes and they’ve been drawing visitors to the Missouri Ozarks for more than 50 years. Some performances feature powerful solo acts in intimate venues, while others include casts of dozens singers and dancers in spacious show palaces.

Many of Branson's theaters are found along Highway 76, which leads through the heart of the city's entertainment district. As you explore more of Branson, you find performance venues abound, offering convenient access to live shows in the morning, afternoon and evening.

And while it originally was known as a mecca for country, bluegrass and gospel music, Branson today offers virtually all genres of music and performance styles. Rock ‘n roll, pop hits of yesterday and today, magicians, acrobats, comedians, performances the kids will enjoy, variety shows, and seasonal acts for the holidays are all part of the fun.

In short, there are so many types of shows, it’s easy to find one (or 10) that’s in tune with you.

Here’s a look at some of the kinds of shows waiting for you when you explore Branson:

  • Variety is the spice of life: Combining singing and dancing with humor and homespun storytelling, variety shows are a staple on Branson’s stages. These family-friendly shows include giant production numbers, tender ballads and comic relief that will keep you chuckling well into the night. Popular examples include Shoji Tabuchi and Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show.
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  • Through the years – Make your Branson show experience a time-traveling affair. Enjoy rock hits of the 1950s through 1980s, tributes to pop- and country-music legends, and iconic moments in music when you see shows that shine a spotlight on musical history. Sound good? Check out the Million Dollar Quartet, Legends in Concert and Motown Downtown.
  • Spiritual messages – Many of Branson’s shows have a spiritual component, where musicians take time to reflect on the blessings in their lives and share their stories of tragedy and triumph. They’ll wow you with rousing gospel numbers and help you find a moment of peace with powerful hymns. If you’re seeking spiritual revival, Ayo (the Voices of Glory), New South Gospel and Moses might be for you.
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  • Magic and more – The talented magicians found on Branson’s stages will amaze you with elaborate and jaw-dropping illusions. Offering family fun for ages 2 to 102, there truly is magic in the air at many Branson shows. You never know what to expect when you see The Magic of Taylor Reed, Illusionist Rick Thomas and Amazing Pets.
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  • Dinner and a show – Consider this Branson’s spin on the old “dinner and a movie” date night to which you’re accustomed. Many Branson performances serve up great entertainment at dinner time, which is a win-win situation for you. A savory meal always pairs well with world-class entertainment. Find a place at the table when you see shows like Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and Showboat Branson Belle.
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As you can see, Branson has a variety of shows from which to choose. And remember, this is the proverbial tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s available when you visit Branson. Start planning your Branson getaway today and make sure live shows are part of your to-do list.

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