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Grand Falls kicks off holidays with Branson Country Christmas, Ozark Jubilee
Branson, Missouri group takes world-class show on the road
If you haven’t made afternoon plans for Monday, Nov. 6, head to Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort for a belly full of laughs.
Direct from Branson, Missouri, the “Branson Country Christmas” featuring the Ozark Jubilee will perform at 2 p.m. The two-hour show will feature music and comedy performed by an all-star cast of Branson’s top talent. The all-new Christmas Show with new music and new jokes will have the same world-class talent that audiences have come to expect. The Jubilee features Branson’s funniest comedian and world class fiddler, Doofus Doolittle. The show will also have a special tribute to veterans.
Hailed as “the Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson is famous for its live entertainment, with shows covering just about every genre of music.
Like the Ozark Jubilee – the first live, televised music variety show that featured country music stars and ran from 1955 to 1961 – the first half of the show will be a blast from the past. It will be a variety format, mixing country music and comedy. Entertainers will perform old country favorites from George Jones, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette.
The Jubilee also features Branson’s funniest comedian and world class fiddler, Randy Newman. Newman has been performing for 45-plus years. As part of his act, he plays another character – Doofus Doolittle.
It was happenstance that the character of Doofus came to be, Newman recalls.
“We had a comedian hired for our show in Branson in 1990. He took another job two weeks before opening. Doofus was born!”
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Doofus is a comedy character, a fiddle player and a world class violinist. He also has performed at the Grand Ole Opry as a special guest of Porter Wagoner.
“Doofus has a new lineup of jokes and hilarious routines along with fiddle and violin music,” Newman says. “He will perform Ragtime Annie, Orange Blossom Special, and O Holy Night. This year, he will salute the great comedians of yesteryear and perform the music of country favorites like Archie Campbell, ‘Stringbean’, Minnie Pearl, George Jones and Patsy Cline. He will also share stories from some of these legends.”
While the first half of the show is country variety with comedy, the second half of the show will shift the focus to Christmas, playing music that spans the decades, including classic favorites like Silent Night and White Christmas. The cast will also pay special tribute to veterans, playing song selections dedicated to them as a way to thank them for their service.
So why an afternoon show?
“We have had great success with afternoon shows,” says Newman. “A lot of our audiences are seniors. They like to see a show and be home before dark.”
Guests of all ages are sure to enjoy this special show that is filled with “hillbilly heart” and leaves everyone appreciating the true meaning of Christmas.
“Branson Country Christmas” performs at the Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort Monday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call: 1-877-461-4441.