“Joseph” Premieres in Branson in 2012

By Administrator on Tuesday, 24th July, 2012

Visitors to Sight & Sound Theatres in Branson will experience a trip back in time with the opening of “Joseph” on April 14th 2012. This original musical production of “Joseph” tells the story of dreams and the power of forgiveness with unique and visionary production qualities audiences could only expect from Sight & Sound Theatres.

With a 300-foot stage that wraps around three sides of the audience, the set will showcase a 30-foot-high Egyptian palace. It will be a feast for the senses including:

  • An epic soundtrack with 13 original songs by composer Don Harper whose credits include National Treasure, National Treasure 2, & Disney’s Lion King.
  • A cast of more than 40 professional actors
  • Dozens of live and exotic animals
  • A family-friendly script appropriate for all ages
  • Several large scale and interactive production numbers
  • Special effects including large scale media projections, flying rigs & atmospheric elements that allow audiences to witness Joseph’s dreams come to life
  • And Sight & Sound’s own interpretation of Joseph’s colorful coat

“We believe Joseph’s inspiring journey and the restoration of his family is especially relevant today and will speak to our audiences on so many levels,” said Josh Enck, producer and co-writer of the show.

Sight & Sound Theatres is the nation’s largest Christian theatre company with locations in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Branson, Missouri. While it is a ministry, the company is not affiliated with any external organization or any particular church denomination. It is a for-profit organization and operates without charitable support.

Sight & Sound’s purpose is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ by visualizing and dramatizing the scriptures, through inspirational productions, encouraging others and seeking always to be dedicated and wise stewards of God-given talents and resources.

2012 is Yakov Smirnoff’s last full year in Branson

By Administrator on Tuesday, 24th July, 2012

It’s been an incredible journey for comedian, actor, professor, author, artist and producer, Yakov Smirnoff, who became an American citizen on July 4, 1986, when he was sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger at the Statue of Liberty.

And it’s that same amazing journey that has taken Yakov Smirnoff around the country performing his acclaimed one-man Broadway show As Long As We Both Shall Laugh, which the New York Times gave a rave review, stating. “Yakov Smirnoff is warm-heartedly delightful and splendidly funny.”

Celebrating his 20th season, Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year, Yakov Smirnoff, recently announced that 2012 will be his last full year in his Branson theatre. He will continue with a full schedule at the Yakov Theater for the remainder of 2012 with three outstanding award-winning shows including Lunch with The Brady Bunch Show at 11AM, Yakov Live at 2PM and Yakov’s Dinner Adventure at 5PM. Yakov will continue to call Branson his home and will return to perform 45 shows during October and November 2013 at his Theatre in Branson.

“This will be the last year for Yakov’s Dinner Adventure,” star and co-producer Andre Starz said, “It’s been a wonderful four-year run. It has been a rare privilege to work with a legendary entertainer like Yakov Smirnoff to create a show based on my wife Marina’s and my life and our amazing love story.”

“Lunch with the Brady Bunch, starring Barry Williams as the Real Greg Brady,” has touched the hearts and souls of people who have seen the incredible multimedia production. The show will continue in Branson for many years to come and will be at a different theater in 2013, to be announced later this year,” said Barry Williams. “I am grateful to Yakov for giving me my start in Branson and wish him the best on his national tour,” said Williams.

America’s favorite comedian, Yakov Smirnoff, has appeared on many television shows and all the major networks, including HBO and Showtime. He has costarred in movies with Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. He performed for three Presidents of the United States.

“Yakov Smirnoff is a funny philosopher,” stated The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also a professor, teaching classes about the relationship of Love and Laughter at Missouri State University and Drury University. Yakov received his master’s degree in psychology from the Ivy-League University of Pennsylvania.

The Wall Street Journal wrote “Yakov Smirnoff is a laugh riot.” His comedic style is firmly grounded within his mission statement “to experience happiness and teach it with passion through comedy and sensitivity.”

Whether Yakov is performing his warm-hearted, high-quality humor on stage or teaching in a classroom, the audience loves him. He helps people recognize that they have the power to Fall in Love and Laughter All Over Again. “It’s kind of like Home Depot of Laughter. You can do it, I can help,” said Yakov.

Well known for his comedy, Yakov Smirnoff is a best-selling author and also an accomplished artist. His art work was featured in a New York art expo and the 200-feet tall by 135-feet wide mural was proudly displayed at Ground Zero in New York City for eighteen months. Yakov’s original artwork can be viewed in an art gallery at his theatre, that is open to the public.

Yakov Smirnoff, will kick off his national tour in Houston, Texas, at The Hobby Center on October 26 at 8PM. For more information and Yakov’s upcoming national tour dates, browse his website at www.LoveAndLaughter.com

Black Oak Grill Opens at Branson Landing

By Administrator on Thursday, 29th March, 2012

Black Oak Grill, an American Tavern concept offering comfort cuisine, opened Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Branson, Missouri at 601 Branson Landing. Located in the city’s premier shopping destination, Branson Landing, Black Oak Grill will serve familiar American dishes with a chef-inspired twist. These memorable dishes and drinks will utilize only the freshest ingredients.

The black oak tree took root in American, creating a common and distinctive backdrop to the land. Branson’s Black Oak Grill finds its roots in America’s neighborhood cafes and corner taverns. While sipping handcrafted infused Front Porch Sipper, a favorite wine or a premium ice cold beer, guests can enjoy Light Plates offerings including Stone Country Fried Goat Cheese, Idaho Trout Deviled Eggs or Smoked Pork Sliders. Entree-sized salads range from Crispy Buttermilk Battered Chicken to the signature Black Oak with smoked almonds, apple, blue cheese and maple pecan vinaigrette. Specialties include classics like the Chicken Fried Flat Iron Steak, topped with chop house mushroom gravy, Iron Skillet Trout and more. Bite into the Balk Knobber Pulled Pork Sandwich, Five Grilled Cheese or the Ozark Bacon Burger. Satisfy a sweet tooth with a dessert such as a Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, Rum Runner Coconut Cake or a Kahlua Ding Dong.

“We are thrilled to join the Branson community. We have created a unique and delicious menu that we know our guests will enjoy,” said general manager Scott Bryant. “Branson Landing is the perfect place to open our doors. We look forward to welcoming our new patrons.”

Black Oak Grill sources local products and ingredients, further emphasizing the great American tradition of supporting and strengthening the local community. Bread maker Neighbor’s Mill delivers daily all-natural handcrafted bread baked fresh by the master baker from whole-grain flour milled on site.

Black Oak Grill is one of 115 restaurants throughout the U.S., United Kingdom, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates operated or franchised by Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc. (CRO, Inc.), Dallas. TX. CRO also operates Cantina Laredo at Branson Landing.

CRO, Inc. Chief Executive Officer John D. Harkey, Jr. said about the opening of Black Oak Grill, “We are honored to serve Branson with our newest concept. We believe the restaurant fits the community very well, and presents a fresh, modern approach to American dining.”

Black Oak Grill is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Friday & Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. For reservations, call 417.239.0063. Credit cards accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express & Discover.

Branson, Missouri Celebrates Centennial in 2012

By Administrator on Thursday, 1st March, 2012

Nestled deep in the Ozark Mountains in southwest Missouri, Branson has always had a welcoming spirit, a tenacity to make it through tough times, and a deep foundation of faith. These ideals — coupled with a love of craftsmanship and music — shaped the culture of the Ozarks and the Branson/Lakes area. It is a unique place with a uniquely American story.

It was this culture, set against the natural beauty of the Ozarks, that drew the first “tourists” to the Branson region in the late 1800’s, including a preacher turned author named Harold Bell Wright. And it was this culture that so many people around the world became fascinated with after reading Wright’s best-selling novel “The Shepherd of the Hills.”

Word spread quickly about Branson and the Ozarks. By 1912, the settlement was bustling with residents and visitors, and was officially incorporated as a city on April 1.

Over the past 100 years, Branson has evolved and grown in many ways. Today, Branson is home to more than 10,000 residents and has become Missouri’s top vacation destination, welcoming an estimated 8 million visitors a year. Branson is now surrounded by three lakes and countless attractions and entertainment options – 100+ live shows with 64,000 theatre seats (more than Broadway!), 800 miles of shoreline, 18,000 hotel rooms, 3,000 RV/campsites, 200+ outlet shops and boutiques, 7 championship golf courses, the upscale Branson Landing and the new Branson Airport.

In other ways, Branson has remained unchanged since those early days. The unspoiled Ozark Mountain vistas, the wilderness and waterways are as breathtaking as ever. The folks who live here still have a rugged and independent spirit, as well as a deep dedication to God, country and family. And visitors still come from great distances to forget their cares for a while.

In 2012, Branson turns 100, and everyone is invited to a celebration as unique and spectacular as Branson itself: 100 YEARS OF BRANSON, MISSOURI – a Story of Heritage, Harmony and Hospitality. There will be 100 Days with 100 Ways to Celebrate! April 1- July 7, 2012, is a very limited engagement, playing in 2012 only.

Beginning on April 1, 2012 with our Centennial heritage museum opening in Historic Downtown Branson, and followed by our Branson Centennial Celebration Show on April 15 (coinciding with gala festivities on April 14, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the sailing of TITANIC) through Branson’s 100th Fest and Street Dance on July 7, there will be lots of fun for everyone.

“Throughout the town, our community welcomes you to our once-in-a-lifetime celebration,” said Ross Summers, President/CEO, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. “And our birthday wish is that you leave with a rekindled spirit and renewed hope for the next century.”

Check out www.Branson100.org for details.