April
27
logo Tiffany Powers
tpowers@legendsinconcert.com
Tiffany Powers
417-339-3003
www.legendsinconcert.com
1600 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO   65616

Dick Clark has been on many minds and in many hearts since his recent passing. But for Legends in Concert in Branson, Missouri, preserving his memory and amazing impact in music took on a whole different meaning weeks before his sudden death.
On the morning of February 29th, 2012, the storm sirens sounded across the rolling hills of Branson, Missouri. Sleeping soundly in their beds, the Branson residents were rudely awakened by the fury of the Leap Day Tornado. As the sun rose, the devastating images of destruction were shockingly apparent. Branson had a very long, challenging road ahead.
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, home of Legends in Concert, suffered severe damage. The roof was peeled away like the top of a tuna can and the lobby was left in shambles. Seeing their home in such devastation left the Legends in Concert team heartbroken. But all was not lost.
As the team assessed the theater damage, they were immediately concerned about the priceless memorabilia that filled the lobby. Water and debris covered nearly every inch of the lobby. The tornado had sucked away items from floor to ceiling. Surely the tornado had swept away the glass cases that contained the memorabilia as well. But to their surprise, each and every piece of the memorabilia remained untouched. The priceless pieces include “Jailhouse Rock” sheet music autographed by Leiber & Stoller, stage-worn wardrobe pieces from Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson, contracts signed by Dick Clark for stars such as The Jackson 5 to appear on American Bandstand, and many, many more. There is even a framed yellow sticky note from Michael Jackson to Dick Clark that reads: “To My Other Father Dick”…. “the nicest man in showbiz.” The legacy of Dick Clark could live on at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater and the memorabilia would still be available for all to enjoy. That is…if the theater could be repaired.
Six weeks of grueling work followed. Construction crews worked through the night. The Legends in Concert management team worked relentlessly to get the theater back open. The community outreach was absolutely amazing. This tornado was sure to bring the tightly knit community of Branson, Missouri even closer.
After what seemed a never ending round of meetings, difficult hours of hard manual labor, and insurance paperwork that stacked to the sky, Legends in Concert announced its reopening date of April 14th. But shortly following this joyous and much anticipated day, yet another tragedy would strike not only the hearts of the Branson community, but of the world.
On April 18th, the world lost a true legend, Dick Clark. The loss was felt most deeply at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, the only venue in the world that bears his name. A candlelight memorial was planned outside the theater. Fans left candles, flowers and signs as the world said goodbye to “America’s Oldest Teenager.” Legends in Concert performer Bucky Heard sang a beautiful accapella version of “Amazing Grace” and a special tribute to Dick Clark was included in the Legends in Concert show that night. American Bandstand was the show that launched the music careers of many of the iconic performers portrayed in Legends in Concert’s show in Branson and in its locations in Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, Foxwoods, Waikiki and Norwegian EPIC. For over 29 years, Legends in Concert has provided music lovers the opportunity to reconnect with the memories of music superstars past and present. And the man who gave us many of those memories was Dick Clark. Branson was truly saddened by the loss of such a legendary television and music pioneer.
Being faced with two heart wrenching tragedies in just a few months may have been challenging, but Legends in Concert is back and better than ever. The recovery from the tornado has brought the Branson community as well as the Legends Branson family even closer. With the death of Dick Clark, the world was reminded of the brevity of life and the importance of appreciating and honoring those who have contributed so much to this world. But they will not be forgotten, as their legacy will live on at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. Both Branson and Legends in Concert has learned through all this that no matter how difficult the challenge, hard work and community will overcome all. And always remember….“The show must go on”.

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April
26

Article entitled,”Track Family Fun Parks Gift of Hope Benefit this Saturday” states:

The Track Family Fun Park #3, located at 2505 W. Hwy 76, Branson, directly across Highway 76 from the Andy Williams Moon River Grill, will host a benefit for the Gift of Hope and its Backpack Club and Christmas Share programs on Saturday, April 28, 2012 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Those attending will enjoy reduced rates with “$5.00 per 1 pass ride including Classic go-karts, bumper boats and mini golf.

The Gift of Hope’s mission is “Providing essentials and pathways to independence for Taney County Families.” One of the ways it does that is through “The Backpack Club” which provides a backpack of nutritious food for children who have shown signs of hunger outside of the school meal program. Children receive the food each weekend during the school year. The Christmas Share program will provide customized assistance to approximately 30 families in need during the winter months.

“Branson visitors as well as locals can have a great afternoon of fun, save money and help a great cause,” said Stephanie Milton, Director of Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. For information on the Benefit or the Gift of Hope please call 417-546-8062.

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April
25

ANDY WILLIAMS MOON RIVER THEATRE
announces 3rd Group of Artists for The Finalists LIVE!

BRANSON, MO—April 2012— You saw them on TV and you voted to make them famous… Now see them live in Branson this Summer! The Finalists Live! Branson’s hottest summer show features 15 Top 10 Finalists from American Idol®, all to perform live on stage at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, May 14-August 18.

We are now announcing group three, performing July 23- August 18. This group includes Ruban Studdard, Winner in Season 2, as well as Bo Bice, Runner-Up to Winner Carrie Underwood in Season 4. Also performing is Vonzell Solomon, 3rd Place in Season 4 and Katie Stevens from Season 9 and RJ Helton from Season 1. The show will be hosted by Pete Peterkin, a 2009 Finalist from Americas Got Talent®.
The previously announced first group includes Lee DeWyze, the 2009 Winner of American Idol®; Blake Lewis, the Beat Box performer who was runner up in 2007; Elliott Yamin, who finished at the number three slot in 2006; Branson’s very own Kimberly Caldwell, from 2003 and host on the Oxygen and TV Guide Channels; and, even Thia Megia from last year’s show. They will be performing May 14-June 16. The 2nd group performs June 18-July 21 and includes Diana Degarmo, runner up in 2004 and current actress in the CBS program “The Young and the Restless”; Scott Savol, fifth place from season 4; Siobhan Magnus, who placed 6th in season nine; Ace Young, from season 5 in 2006; and Alexis Grace, who performed in season eight.

The Finalists Live! is the hot new show you won’t want to miss!
For more information, contact Kathe at 417-334-1800 or Kathe@andywilliams.com

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April
25

Spring Handbell Spring Concert Features Local Choirs
By: Turner Brock

College of the Ozarks Handbell Choir, along with the First Presbyterian Church of Branson and the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Kimberling City, will present a spring concert at The Keeter Center Royal Oak Forum on May 3, 7 p.m.

The concert will include sacred pieces, hymns and gospel music.

“We urge you to attend this delightful night of beautiful handbell music,” said Handbell Director Marilyn Droke.

This event is free to the public; seating is first-come, first-serve. For more information, please call the College of the Ozarks Music department at (417) 690-2244.

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April
21

Initial planning is currently underway for Christian Action Ministries’ 4th Annual Gospel Sing Off on Sunday, September 2nd. CAM today announced that Sight & Sound Theatres will again be the hosting theater for this year’s event, as it has been since the first Sing- Off. “We’re extremely grateful to have the continuing support of Sight & Sound for our food ministry in Taney County,” said CAM Board Chairman Jack Burke. “Sight & Sound has proven to be one of our greatest benefactors since they moved into the Branson community.”

Burke also said that support for this year’s Sing Off has been off to a fast start. “SIX and Branson Tourism Center have already signed on as our Key Sponsors, which covers the costs of the prize purses for the winners and printing of programs and promotional material. Additionally Silver Dollar City has committed to providing our winner with three half-hour shows the following day during closing festivities for the Country Gospel Picnic on September 3rd.”

Solicitations for sponsorships has already begun and within a few weeks entries will be accepted from gospel groups and singers that wish to compete. The top ten will be selected to perform before a panel of celebrity judges at the Sing Off. Tickets will be available closer to the event through both Sight & Sound and Branson Tourism Center.

According to Burke, “The demand on our pantries in both Branson and Forsyth has increased dramatically over recent years and the Sing Off is our only annual operational fundraiser. I’m praying that we’ll be able to fill every seat in the house as we raise our voices in praise of God and in support of the needy in our area.”

For more information, contact the CAM offices at 417-334-1157 or visit www.christianactionministries.org.

Contact: Jack Burke, 1-800-451-8273, jack@soundmarketing.com
Pat Davis, director@christianactionministries.org

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April
19

Join us at Mount Pleasant Winery for our “Friday Wine Down” from 5 – 7pm. This Friday, April 20th, join our duo for “Bossa, Ballads and Blues” featuring Dan McMasters, a guitarist on the Showboat Branson Belle, along with Lou Colbe on bass, formally with the Comets. Enjoy a diverse mix of music ranging from Bossa Nova from Brazil to Blues and Jazz from New Orleans. Call for additional information 417-336-9463; 3125 Green Mtn. Drive.

And Friday, April 27th, we will be celebrating Super Italian Day during our “Friday Wine Down” with live music from 5 – 7 pm; and San Marco Day on Saturday, April 28th with live music from 5 – 7 pm. Details to follow.

Mount Pleasant Winery
31225 Green Mountain Drive
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-9463

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April
16

BRANSON, Mo (4/16/12) You saw them on TV and you voted to make them famous… Now see them live in Branson this Summer! The Finalists Live! Branson’s hottest summer show features 15 Top 10 Finalists from American Idol®, all to perform live on stage at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater, May 14-August 18.

The first group was announced last week and includes Lee DeWyze, the 2009 Winner of American Idol®; Blake Lewis, the Beat Box performer who was runner up in 2007; Elliott Yamin, who finished at the number three slot in 2006; Branson’s very own Kimberly Caldwell, from season 2003 and host on the Oxygen and TV Guide Channels; and, even Thia Megia from last year’s show. They will be performing May 14-June 16.

Performances for the 2nd group of singers begin June 18 and ends July 21. This group includes Diana Degarmo, runner up in 2004 and current actress in the CBS program “The Young and the Restless”; Scott Savol, fifth place from season 4; Siobhan Magnus, who placed 6th in season nine; Ace Young, from season 5 in 2006; and Alexis Grace, who performed in season eight. The show will be hosted by Pete Peterkin, a 2009 Finalist from Americas Got Talent®.

Plus, later this summer, don’t miss Ruben Studdard, the 2003 Winner of American Idol and Bo Bice, Vonzell Solomon and many, many more. The Finalists Live! is the hot new show you won’t want to miss!

For additional information or tickets for The Finalists Live! or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

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April
10

Mount Pleasant Winery invites everyone for their weekly “Friday Wine Down” event from 5 pm to 7 pm. This week they are featuring Cindy Blissard, one of the featured female singers at the original Roy Clark Theatre, accompanied on the piano by Terry Laird who is currently performing with the Rankin Brothers classic rock and roll show. You will be surprised at the types of music you will hear. And Mount Pleasant Winery guarantees you a fun filled Friday evening!

Mount Pleasant Winery
31225 Green Mountain Drive
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-9463

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April
10
logo Tiffany Powers
tpowers@legendsinconcert.com
Legends in Concert
417-339-3003
www.legendsinconcert.com
1600 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO   65616

Celebrated tribute artist production “Legends in Concert” announced today that with roof repairs now complete, the restoration of its home at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater will be finished in less than two weeks. The resumption of “Legends” 2012 performance schedule will commence on April 14, following the impact of the tornado that touched down in Branson on February 29. A gala fundraising event, benefitting victims of the tornado, will be held at the theater on April 20. The gala will feature an 8pm performance by Legends in Concert and special guest performers soon to be announced. All previously scheduled performances in the theater will resume 6 days a week through the end of December.

“The repair team has been amazing, working rapidly and diligently,” said Jeannie Horton, General Manager for Legends in Concert. “We are delighted that the comprehensive completion of the repairs to the theater is just around the corner. We are extremely pleased to see strong advance ticket sales already for the coming months and are excited to be reopening this state of the art facility, that millions of our fans have always enjoyed during their visits to Branson. The pleasure of working closely with Jim Morris, the theater’s owner, and Jerry Carroll, his general manager, assuring that the theater will be better than ever, has certainly taken away much of the sting from the tornado’s fury.”

Mr. Morris said he is “grateful for the dedication of those working on the repairs to reopen the theater so quickly. I am thrilled our Highway 76 and Fall Creek complex, including the Ramada Hotel, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater featuring Legends in Concert and all its activities, the Midtown Cafe, and the brand new REEL CARS Automobile Museum under the theater will all be open and working together in harmony in less than two weeks.” Morris added, “We are pleased knowing that the fundraising event being held on April 20 will benefit the portion of the Branson community that was most adversely affected by the tornado. I’m pleased to announce my support of this worthy special event.”

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, the ultimate Branson rock n’ roll complex, was built in 2006 and boasts 900 seats. Its innovative design creates an intimate concert space with great sight lines to the stage, cushy comfortable seats with generous leg room, a dance floor, state of the art projection screens, and a brand new million dollar spectacular stage set. Fascinating memorabilia from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand archives, recalling the historic roots of rock n’ roll and country is also featured in the lobby of this world class facility.

“The remarkable teamwork and leadership demonstrated by both Jerry and Jeannie, ensuring all the necessary repairs to this fabulous entertainment facility are complete has truly been a wonder to behold.” said Brian Brigner, chief operating officer for “Legends” producer On Stage Entertainment. “We’re really proud of everyone pulling together in this highly coordinated effort.”

“I am so grateful to Jeanne and her team, everyone on my crew and the dedicated Branson city officials having together accomplished so much in so little time,” said Jerry Carroll, manager of Morris Branson Theatre LLC, and other properties of Mr. Morris. Carroll added, “We continue to all work side by side towards the April 14 reopening of the theater.”

Legends in Concert will soon announce more details about its April 20th fundraiser. Performances will resume 6 days a week through the end of December as previously scheduled. For tickets to performances beginning on April 14, information about exchanging or obtaining refunds for tickets previously purchased for cancelled March and early April performances, or for the current line-up, please call 417-339-3003 or visit legendsinconcert.com.

About Legends in Concert
Celebrating its 29th year, “Legends in Concert” is a live musical celebration featuring the world’s greatest celebrity tribute artists. The product is owned and operated by Las Vegas based On Stage Entertainment, Inc. Widely recognized in the entertainment industry as the original celebrity tribute show, “Legends in Concert” has not only performed throughout the United States, but the show has traveled to 15 countries on five continents, entertaining more than 25 million fans. It currently operates numerous fixed-based, touring, limited-term and private engagements of “Legends” throughout the world. In addition to Las Vegas, “Legends” is presented year-round in numerous cities including Myrtle Beach, S.C., Branson, Mo., Atlantic City, N.J., Foxwoods, CT, Waikiki, HI and on the high seas onboard the Norwegian EPIC. For more information: www.legendsinconcert.com

About Jim D. Morris
Morris Branson Theatre LLC is wholly owned by Jim D. Morris. He continues to own and operates Morris Oil Company in addition to the Quality Inn and Ramada Inn in Branson and other business throughout Missouri. Mr. Morris is recognized for his many community, charitable and humanitarian achievements.

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April
10
logo Joshua Hall
joshua@brettfamily.com
The Bretts
417-336-3100
www.brettfamily.com
1600 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO   65616

After a very eventful prep season, The Bretts will kick off their 14th season in Branson on April 16th. If you thought last years show was amazing, get ready. The creative juices have been flowing, and this years show promises to be BRETTER THAN EVER!!! Call 417-336-3100 today to reserve your tickets, veteran, AAA, and local discounts available all year long.

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