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“Four Seasons/Beach Boys Tribute”

King's Castle Theatre
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Ranked #54 of 158 Concerts & Shows in Branson
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The award winning shows at the King's Castle Theatre are produced and created by David King who is one of England's most respected international producers. David is responsible for the world wide smash hit "Spirit of the Dance" as well as many other famous shows. At any one time, up to 20 of David's productions are touring the world, including resident productions in Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, New York, and more. Branson is honoured to play host to David King's superb productions.
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Went to the Branson Variety Theater,now called the Kings Castle after the tornado renovation, to see the Beach Boys and Four Seasons show. The singing was wonderful. The same 4 guys sang songs from both groups and they were excellent. I would definitely see the show again. The only negative in the show was the dancers. While they were ok, they were more of a distraction to the singing that was going on.

Thank Jerry W
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

I have taken many groups to the BVT over the years. The staff there are like family to me. The shows are exceptional as is the service staff. The accomodations are impeccable as well. It was severely damaged by the tornado in 2012 and has now only recently re-opened as The Kings Castle I believe. I have yet to visit this season but anticipate it soon. I know from what I have heard from friends on staff that they are in production currently and anticipating a great new season.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was the most disappointing of the shows that we were abe to go to. The singing was ok but the choreography and the dancers seemed amateurish. In our opinion the dancers distrated from the show.

Thank Bill G
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Reviewed July 21, 2012


Most recreational areas, featuring theme parks or family oriented multi-entertainment hubs are usually found within seconds of a major thru-way or interstate highway. However one of the most quickly developing areas for family recreation is situated in the hills of the Ozarks and is about 40 miles from the nearest main highway.
Following scenic U.S. Route 65 south about 40 miles from Springfield Missouri or U.S. 65 north from Little Rock, Arkansas- at the intersection with route " Mo 76" in Branson Mo. delivers a traveler and more especially the camper into a make believe world of fun and entertainment. This is the new home of country and western music, theater and just plain fun that will satisfy everyones search for a recreational vacation period. There is enough to do for several weeks of leisure time and many travelers and tourists return year after year and still fail to partake of all the area has to offer.
With more than thirty theaters most with reserved seating for from one thousand to two thousand patrons each and parking for their cars within a few feet, the playhouses line both sides of " Country 76" for about 7 miles west of the town of Branson. One of the newest theaters The Grand Palace-built to resemble a southern plantation mansion along "76" and can seat over 4,000 patrons. Silver Dollar City is the main theme park of the region and is complete with many outdoor musical shows, handicraft displays and numerous offerings all for one admission price. As with most parks of this type there is enough to do to last an entire day. Numerous festivals are scheduled at Silver Dollar City throughout the summer season with such skills being displayed as Woodcarver's Showcase, Dollmakers Challenge and the National Clogging Competition. During the season, weeks are scheduled for a Gospel Celebration, The American Folk Musical Festival, with Bluegrass, Dixieland and Ragtime music. There are many rides for the entire family and during the National Quilt Festival a variety of quilts, cross stitch competition and quilting technique seminars are part of the festival.
Also on this same short stretch of winding roadway through the Ozark hills is the site of the famous outdoor drama "Shepherd of the Hills." Guns firing, vigilantes on thundering horses and a burning cabin are events which happen every night at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead . The action is part of the outdoor drama, a popular enactment based on the 1907 novel by Harold Bell Wright which is performed nightly at 8:30 P.M. The novel now ranks fourth among the most widely-read books in publishing history. Four Hollywood motion pictures have been adapted from this story and it is enacted in an 1,800 seat amphitheatre.

Since 1907 over 5 million visitors have visited the site where Wright camped while writing his story. The drama is a very touching presentation and the acting is professional. In addition to the 85 performers, most of whom are equipped with wireless microphones, each evenings performance calls for 36 horses, 10 wagons and buggies, a flock of sheep, 15 pistols and several rifles and shotguns, all of which fire more than 200 rounds of ammunition each performance. Staged outdoors, the story of a family living in the hills at the turn of the century is loaded with thrills and excitement for the entire family.
As highway "76" winds its way through the hills and valleys of the Ozarks the neon signs, bright lights and spirit capture the imagination of adults and children alike. Each season brings forth more and more new construction of restaurants, theaters, campgrounds and motels. Headliners in the music field are all moving in, to make their mark in Branson. Celebrities Roy Clark, Cristy Lane, Glenn Campbell, Ray Stevens, The Danny Davis Nashville Brass and the legendaries Box Car Willie , Willie Nelson and Mel Tillis, are just a few of the stars who have their own theaters and productions in which they personally are featured frequently during the year. Andy Williams famous for his singing Moon River has his own theatre called "Moon River" and for the old timers he is an act you can't chance to miss. Another special treat was the long awaited return of Jimmy Rodgers and his family who sing the songs of the 40's and 50's including his famous "Honeycomb". Rodgers had been severely hurt many years ago in a traffic accident and has been absent from the theater for several decades. His personal involvement with the audience makes one feel like part of his history as he describes his being able to return to the world of entertainment.
The shows have great extravaganzas and costuming in their fantastic reviews featuring not only very talented musicians and singers but include comics and dancers in almost each show. Many of the Branson theaters have both daily matinees and evening shows which are a blessing for those who need day time activity for their youngsters or for those not wanting to drive in the evening. In addition to the musical shows featuring both Country and Western, Blue Grass and a bit of Gospel - there are also Dinner Shows aboard the Lake Queen a real
stern paddlewheel river boat. They provide an all -you -can -eat buffet dinner and entertainment is provided by a fiddler and a guitar playing singer. There are interesting boat rides, great fishing, swimming, scuba diving and water skiing on Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake. Waterslides along with amusement parks, numerous shopping malls and gift shops allow for a full day of activity for the entire family. A popular experience is the "Ride the Ducks" which are amphibious crafts salvaged from World War II- seating more than two dozen passengers they travel the highways through the area and also onto Table Rock Lake for a first class view of the sights.

The experience of rushing down the inclined bank onto the lake is quite an encounter for any landlubber or fisherman as you go from dry land onto this huge body of water. The Captain often allows different passengers to take the wheel as they cruise along Table Rock Lake. The narrated one hour trip, departs every 15 minutes and feature captain-guides who share history, humor and information about the "Ducks." "Ride the Ducks" has grown from its original three vehicles to a 17 -vehicle fleet. These are all original transports used by the military and they have been part of the Branson scene for 21 years. New in 1991, is a drive-through open air military museum offering such unusual vehicles as the cargo truck called a "Gamma Goat", and the amphibious Studebaker "Weasel" used for snow operations and special missions. Many other heavy duty trucks are to be seen and surely will be a nostalgic moment for many veterans who rode or drove these vintage rigs. The dozens of vehicles are parked and camouflaged along ridges, in trenches and between trees and along the roadside as you pass by with detailed explanations by your guide. It comes as a surprise to many to view many of these military transportation and fighting machines which have rarely been seen in exhibits or have appeared in very few photographs or war movies. The newest attraction for the little ones is featured at Wilderness Safari and along with many exotic animals from around the world they have constructed the world's largest Rhino. It is an amazing 60 feet long , 27 feet tall and 18 feet wide. "Rhinestone" as it is called, has feet that are 5 feet in diameter. More than 140,000 lbs. of concrete will eventually complete the massive structure and 25,000 lbs. of steel presently make up the frame. You can drive through the Safari at your own pace and also visit the Lost Mine, Petting Zoo and hand feed some of the smaller species of animals. Just a few yards away from the Zoo is Branson's own potato chip factory and of course their local winery, both great places to stop off and sample the treats while watching and hearing the narrations by the workers.
Eating is a big attraction in the Ozarks. Many of the eateries feature "all you can eat" one price breakfast and dinner buffets. One of the treats featured is an "all you can eat" fresh caught catfish dinner. The daytime hourly scheduled Pirate Cruise offers excitement for the entire family while a pirate crew draws alongside and attempts to board your vessel on Lake Taneycomo. This lake is a very cold water lake since it is fed through the bottom sluices of Table Rock Lake Dam hundreds of feet below the surrounding ground level. The name Taney-co-mo itself is thought to be an Indian word but is just the combining of the words Taney County and the word Missouri (MO).
Lodging is available through almost every national chain of motels and the area has more rooms per mile than popular many other resorts. Campgrounds have become a popular style of visiting the Ozarks. With a number of RV resorts dotting the shores

of the lakes, Camping Directories list many of those in the surrounding area. Just 50 yards off of 76 on Gretna Road and within walking distance of 18 of the musical shows is the Branson KOA. This is a full amenity campground with a pool and quiet tree shaded areas. Those who do not have a car or truck as part of their RV package and still want to be able to enjoy the territory - as long as they can leave their RV in the campground it is a short walk from the KOA to many of the activities. The town provides a Lolly the Trolley along "Country 76" which is a great way to see all the sights without using your own vehicle since it stops off at every attraction for boarding and unloading of passengers. Music, singing fabulous dinning and of course eating popcorn during the shows are the magnets which has many families returning several times a year to the Branson area. During the winter period the visitors still come to the Ozarks. The Christmas Holiday displays and specially scheduled programs about that period are the features of many of the theatres and the entertainment doesn't stop with the end of summer. There are toll-free 800 numbers available for obtaining not only reservations for the area but the schedule of the big-name performers appearances.

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Reviewed May 3, 2012

It has Broadway shows. Even, though it is not Broadway in New York, it certainly feels like it. This is a nice selection to attend if you do not like country, gospel, etc.

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