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Branson Now Showing

The hits just keep coming in Branson.

This Missouri mountain destination offers a bevy of diverse attractions and entertainment, with new developments, performers and attractions coming online every year.

With more theater seats than New York City’s Broadway district, there’s sure to be a show that appeals to every preference. Shoppers will want to check out the new stores at Tanger Outlets. Branson Landing’s updated fountain shows and a novel balloon ride add continued sparkle to the district. Silver Dollar City’s new addition, Fireman’s Landing, will offer thrilling rides and a bit of history.

The National Tiger Sanctuary showcases big cats on highly informative tours where groups can get close to these majestic creatures. And groups can enjoy exciting new amenities and attractions at Big Cedar Lodge, which is 10 miles south of Branson on Table Rock Lake.


Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City rolls out its new Fireman’s Landing this spring. The $8 million development will entertain with six family rides and four interactive play zones. Centered on the headquarters of “Fire Station #3,” rides include the “Fire Spotter,” with soaring balloons for spotting fire dangers, and “FireFall,” an eight-story fire tower that delivers a free-fall drop.

In June, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters headline the six-week Star-Spangled Summer Festival. This will be the first time that the team presents a basketball experience encapsulated into 30-minute performances. Their basketball wizardry entertains audiences with skills, athleticism and humor, usually only seen in their one-of-a-kind touring shows.


Theater Happenings

Big entertainment names are coming to Branson this year. The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre welcomes Charlie Daniels, Johnny Mathis, Little River Band and Bill Cosby. Andy Williams Moon River Theatre will host Rick Springfield, B.J. Thomas, Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley with special guest Jeannie Seely. And the last performance of Ronnie Milsap’s illustrious career will be performed in Branson during his Farewell Tour.

Opening in June, Welk Resort Theatre will present an all-new production: “Million Dollar Quartet.” The story was inspired by the famed recording session orchestrated by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Phillips brought together four future rock legends for one unforgettable night in 1956. Icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins united for an impromptu recording at Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis.

“This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical features a treasure trove of the great rock-’n’-roll hits that makes for an unforgettable experience,” said Lynn Berry, director of communications for the Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Many of us loved Elvis, Johnny Cash and all the stars of that era. Now our kids can see what made them so great.”

At Sight and Sound Theatre, “Jonah” brings to life the epic Bible story of God’s prophet who refuses to go to Nineveh. The dazzling musical wows audiences with its special effects, including an underwater scene, a life-size ship and a whale that seemingly swims out into the audience. The cast of nearly 50 professional actors in elaborate costuming and numerous animals offers a visual delight. This year is the last chance to see “Jonah” in Branson.

Elizabeth Hey

Elizabeth Hey is a member of Midwest Travel Journalists Association and has received numerous awards for her writing and photography. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @travelbyfork.