With the Spring season officially underway, Branson’s live show scene is hopping as nearly 60 shows have already opened for the season. This week, four shows are slated to open with the “Doug Gabriel Show” returning to the Pierce Arrow Theatre, “Conway Remembered” back at the Hamner Variety Theatre, “A Janice Martin Cirque Show” making its debut at the Starlite Theatre, and a new show, “Bluegrass Remedy featuring Kari Garrison,” opening at the Jim Stafford Theatre.
Wednesday at 10 a.m., “Bluegrass Remedy featuring Kari Garrison,” which takes the audience on a journey highlighting 100 years of bluegrass, from Bill Monroe to the SteelDrivers, and everything between, makes its Branson bow. The group also features Rick McEwen, Forrest Herzog, Kevin Clemons, Matt Hanshaw and Mark Evans
Garrison, who took home both the Branson Show Award and Branson Terry Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017, has shared the stage, and the studio, with some of the biggest stars in the bluegrass world, as well as performed alongside country legend Moe Bandy. For the past five seasons, she has been a member of “Clay Cooper Country Express.”
McEwen has been a Branson favorite for many years, performing with Jim Stafford, as well as the Dillards. Herzog also performs in the “George Jones and Friends Remembered” show at the Little Opry Theatre, and the “Statler Brothers Revisited” show at God and Country Theatres. Evans, a longtime Branson entertainer, is currently a part of the “Clay Cooper Country Express” show, while Clemons is a member of the “Roundup on the Trail” show. Hanshaw was a big part of the Grand Band for many years, and has played for performers including Billy Dean and Mickey Gilley.
Showtimes for “Bluegrass Remedy featuring Kari Garrison” are 10 a.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Visit jimstaffordtickets.com.
Also set to open Wednesday morning is “The Doug Gabriel Show,” which will once again call the Pierce Arrow Theatre home.
One of Branson’s longest-running productions, “The Doug Gabriel Show, is described as a “clean family show with a lot of variety,” including pop, rock, country, gospel and more.
The show stars multiple Male Vocalist of the Year winner Gabriel, his wife Cheryl, daughter Jasmine, sons Jordan and Josh, and his wife Mary, as well as an ensemble of musicians. This show features music from the Righteous Brothers, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tim McGraw the Temptations, Elvis Presley, and original tunes from Gabriel, as well as his children.
Showtime is 10 a.m. Wed.-Fri., and 8 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., the folks at the Starlite Theatre welcome the theatre’s debut of “A Janice Martin Cirque Show.”
Last year, this show took home the Branson Terry Music Award for Matinee Show of the Year, as well as the Branson Show Award for Best New Show of the Year.
Martin is a Juilliard Music School and Indiana University graduate, as well as a U.S. Army veteran, who plays several instruments, sings, is also the world’s only aerial and acrobatic violinist.
In addition to playing a handful of different instruments, as well as roles, Martin also performs country, rock, pop, opera, classical, comedy, and even some magic.
Showtimes are 10 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m., depending on the day. Visit starlitetheatre.com.
More shows are set to open throughout the next few weeks, including “New South Gospel” next Thursday, March 29, at Grand Country.
This two-hour Southern gospel extravaganza stars the quartet known as New South, Mark McCauley, David Ragan, Jon Drockelman and Luke Menard, as well as the Grand Band, female vocalist Jackie Brown and Jamie “Jim Dandy” Haage, singing all their favorite gospel tunes.
Showtimes are 3 p.m. Thursdays. Visit grandcountry.com.
The month of April will see a boatload of shows kick off in the first week, including the April 2 opening of one of the area’s newest shows, “Heartland Country” at the Jim Stafford Theatre.
Tuesday, April 3, will see “George Dyer Broadway to Buble,” and “C.J. Newsom’s Classic Country Classic & Comedy” open at the Americana Theatre.
On April 4, “Oh Happy Day Goin’ Back to Gospel” returns to the Hughes Brothers Theatre, “Hot Rods & High Heels” is back at the Clay Cooper Theatre, as is Jim Stafford, who returns to the Jim Stafford Theatre.