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More Theatre Seats in Branson than on Broadway!

This article is part of the Hipmunk #CityLove Project

Travelers hitting the U.S. for live shows and award-winning theatre productions naturally gravitate towards New York City and the lights of Broadway. And as one of the most famous streets in the world for its world-class productions, who can really blame them?

But travelers willing to look past New York and seek out different destinations for a fantastic live show are in for a treat, as Branson, Missouri is taking center stage and emerging as one of the leading entertainment capitals of the world. It even boasts more theatre seats than you can find on Broadway!

Branson, Missouri is slowly emerging as America’s best and brightest entertainment city, and people flock from all over the country to take in one of the many live shows on offer.

There are literally hundreds of shows to choose from, and they run year-round. Whether you’re looking to take in a comedy show, have your mind blown by a magic act, sing along during a musical theatre production, or enjoy mouth-watering cuisine during a dinner show, there is something to enjoy for everyone, and you truly can’t beat the diverse range of options for entertainment. You also can’t beat the range of cheap Branson hotels.

Plenty of Live Shows to Choose From

International shows arrive in Branson from all over the world – Dublin’s Irish Tenors and the Celtic Ladies bring music from the Emerald Isle, and Acrobats of China bring a circus act with astonishing acrobatic skills never seen before.

Fans of the Four Seasons will be entertained with “New Jersey Nights,” where talented singers take the stage to bring classic American music to the modern age. It’s an extravaganza you truly shouldn’t miss.

With dozens of live performance theatres and entertainment venues, it’s best to try to book a hotel along Highway 76, better known as “The Strip.” This is where the majority of theatres are found, and where Branson’s vibrant nightlife really kicks into full gear.

Photo credit: Andrew James

Branson’s Unique Theatres

Take in a traditional Japanese dance show at Gofukuza.

Unique venues in Branson include Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre, with a constantly rotating series of celebrity tributes; the Caravelle Theatre, which features an ongoing Beatles tribute show; Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, where celebrity illusionists will blow your mind; and the Branson Variety Theatre, which features a range of international musical theatre shows.

The New Shanghai Theatre features the Acrobats of China, and the Whitehouse Theatre has a decorated interior to match famous street scenes from the 1950s.

Other popular theatres include the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, Starlite Theatre, the Hughes Brothers Celebrity Theatre, the Hammer Barber Theatre, the Mickey Gilley Theatre, and the Jim Stafford Theatre.

Better than Vegas or Broadway

How’s that for entertainment choices? The statement that Branson boasts more theatre seats than Broadway wasn’t a joke!

Between celebrity tributes, cool 50s cars, 90s music, variety shows, magic, and a bit of comedy, Branson has more than 50 theatres, which means this city truly has it all. Think Broadway but bigger, or Las Vegas minus the casinos and boozing.

And for those who shy away from shows, Branson is set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, where there is an abundance of outdoor recreation to keep you busy all day long.

Meg Jerrard is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. Had no idea about the theatres in Branson. I always thought it was Broadway or West End if you want the real theatre experience.

    We have been to Broadway twice, to see The Lion King and to see How to Succeed in Business with Daniel Radcliffe…surprisingly good singer.

    • I had no idea Daniel Radcliffe was a good singer lol wouldn’t have picked it! Hope you have the opportunity soon to hit up Branson and maybe take in a few more shows!

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