Branson Shows 101

Live shows in Branson come in all sizes and have been drawing visitors to this area for over 50 years. As you explore more, you will find performance venues offering live shows in the morning, afternoon and evening.

While it originally was known as a center for country, bluegrass and gospel music, Branson today offers virtually all genres of music and performance styles. There are so many types of Branson shows, it’s easy to find one that’s in tune with you.

Here’s a look at a few shows waiting for you when exploring Branson:

Variety Shows:

Combining singing and dancing with humor and storytelling, variety shows are a staple on Branson 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 Hughes Music Show, The Haygoods and Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show.

Decade Shows:

Make your show experience a time-traveling affair when you see one of the decade shows. 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. Check out the Million Dollar Quartet, Legends in Concert and Motown Downtown to see the best of the decades.

Gospel Shows:

Many Branson 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. Ayo (the Voices of Glory), New South Gospel and Samson are must-see shows.

Unexpected Shows:

The talented magicians found on Branson stages will amaze you with elaborate and jaw-dropping illusions. Offering family fun for ages 2 to 102, magic is in the air at many Branson shows. You never know what to expect when you see Illusionist Rick Thomas, the Janice Martin Cirque Show or Amazing Pets.

Dinner Shows:

Consider this Branson spin on the old “dinner and a movie” date night. 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 The Comedy of Jim Barber, Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction and Showboat Branson Belle.

Branson has a variety of shows to choose from and this is just the tip of the iceberg! Need an idea of where to eat before the show? Check out where to Dine with Kids in Branson.

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