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Branson Shows Ready to Shine in 2009

Legends in Concert has announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with GEP Inc., owner of Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater, to become its headline show in 2009.

“Legends has enjoyed tremendous success in the Branson market since 1996,” said Jeannie Horton, general manager for Legends in Concert. “This new theater will allow the introduction of many exciting enhancements to our production. We look forward to an even brighter future as our show moves to this fabulous new entertainment facility, a true state-of-the-art venue.”

The Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater boasts more than 900 seats.

Legends will perform two shows daily, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. except Wednesdays.

At the Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre, Bill Medley, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of the Righteous Brothers, will appear in concert with rockers, Paul Revere and the Raiders.

The shows are scheduled for selected dates from April through October 2009.

Andy Williams said, “I have always been a fan of these guys and now I get to see them every day at my theater. This is a great thing for Branson.”

Medley, along with longtime Righteous Brothers partner Bobby Hatfield, created “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” a song which has been touted as the most-played tune in radio history.

Other chart-toppers include “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” “Rock and Roll Heaven,” “Ebb Tide” and “Unchained Melody.”

Teaming with Jennifer Warnes, Medley recorded the mega-hit “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

Medley said, “We love Branson so much that we’ve bought homes here. The fans are great. And how could it get any better than appearing at Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre. It’s going to be a fun 2009.”

Often cited as the comedy princes of rock n’ roll, Paul Revere and the Raiders, are best known for their smash hits “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing” and their blockbuster “Indian Reservation.”

Fans around the world have dubbed them as one of their favorite live, onstage performance groups.

Bill Haley’s Original Comets have been rocking the world since the early 1950s when they produced never-to-be-forgotten hits such as “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Rock Around the Clock,” and “See You Later Alligator.”

Here is a current listing of 2009 shows and attractions and opening dates according to the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Web site.

•50’s at the Hop opens Jan. 1.

’57 Heaven Car Museum opens Jan. 1.

Acrobats of China opens March 12.

Amazing Pets opens Jan. 1.

Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre opens April 21.

Baldknobbers opens Feb. 13.

•Bill Haley’s Original Comets opens April 21.

Branson Landing Cruises Lake Princess opens Jan. 16.

Branson Landing Lake Queen Sightseeing opens March 13.

Branson Scenic Railway opens March 9.

Buck Trent opens Jan. 4.

Butterfly Palace opens Jan. 1.

Cassandre’ Voice of an Angel opens March 16.

Circle B Chuckwagon opens March 5.

•Clay Cooper Music Express opens March 7.

Comedy Jamboree opens Jan. 1.

•Crossties Bluegrass and Gospel opens Feb. 3.

•Dinosaur Museum opens Jan. 1.

Dixie Stampede opens March 4.

•Friday Late Night Country USA opens Jan. 30.

Grand Jubilee opens Jan. 12.

Hamner Barber Variety Show opens Feb. 12.

•Haunted House opens Jan. 1.

Haygoods opens March 3.

Hollywood Wax Museum opens Jan. 1.

Hughes Brothers opens Feb. 4.

Imax Entertainment Complex opens Jan. 1.

Jim Stafford opens Feb. 5.

•Keith Red Allen opens March 17.

Kirby Van Burch opens March 13.

Legends in Concert opens Feb. 12.

Liverpool Legends opens March 10.

•Lomascola’s Million Dollar Piano Show opens March 10.

Magnificent 7 opens March 9.

•Moe Bandy opens March 19.

•News Country opens Jan. 22.

Noah! The Musical opens March 20.

•Ozark Mountain Jubilee opens Feb. 15.

•Paul Harris opens March 5.

Pierce Arrow opens Jan. 1.

Presley’s Country Jubilee opens March 13.

•Redhead Express opens March 5.

Red Hot & Blue! opens March 15.

Ride The Ducks opens March 7.

Righteous’ Brothers Bill Medley & Paul Revere and the Raiders opens April 21.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not opens Jan. 1.

Roy Rogers Jr. Show opens Feb. 26.

Roy Rogers Museum opens Jan. 8.

Showboat Branson Belle opens March 20.

SIX Show opens Feb. 3.

•Strait Country opens Feb. 3.

•Sunday Gospel Jubilee opens Feb. 8.

Titanic Museum opens Jan. 1.

Tony Roi’s Elvis Experience opens March 5.

Veterans Memorial Museum opens Jan. 1.

•World’s Largest Toy Museum opens Jan. 1.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

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