Hughes Brothers

The Hughes Brothers will perform a special event for Independence Day beginning Thursday afternoon.

Greetings my Loyal Reader(s), and welcome to the latest edition of the Branson Beat, your home for all the news on the Branson entertainment scene.

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Now, let’s get to it. 

‘Mulan,’ Acrobats on Ice’ at White House Theatre

The White House Theatre is set to be home to two new productions this month with “The Story of Mulan,” which opens next Wednesday, July 10, followed by “Acrobats on Ice,” which will open July 12.

According to a release, “The Story of Mulan” tells of one of China’s most famous legends, a beautiful Chinese heroine who goes into battle to save her family. 

The cast will feature more than 40 performers, ages 9 to 70, from the theatrical center of China, Hunan. The performance  includes  traditional Chinese puppetry, singing, dance, acrobatics and martial arts, and is  accompanied by a live 8 piece orchestra playing traditional Chinese instruments.

I was also told this is a “perfect show” for kids.

Showtimes will be 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Aug. 10.

Next Friday, July 12, the White House is slated to see the opening of the “Acrobats on Ice,” and I have to tell you Loyal Reader(s), I’m awful keen to see this one. 

According to a release, this show will see both acrobatics and figure skating from the Heilongjiang Ice Acrobatic Team, the first and only of its kind in China.”

That sounds pretty cool to me.

“Acrobats on Ice” is set to open at 3 p.m. July 12, and will run for a limited time.

Keep reading Branson Live, as well as the Branson Tri-Lakes News for more on these shows soon.

Visit, or call 417-365-5555 for more.

Celebrate Independence Day with the Hughes  

Like they do for every major holiday, the Hughes family, stars of “The Hughes Music Show” at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, are again hosting a special shows and event celebrating Independence Day on Thursday.

The special July 4th show kicks off with a traditional family picnic and games outside the theater beginning at 12:30 p.m. Following the pre-show fun, the Hughes family will present a special “Hughes Music Show” at 3 p.m. 

The show is slated to end at 5 p.m., allowing show-goers the opportunity to catch local fireworks that evening.

“The Hughes Music Show” features the Hughes brothers and their families, features “the world’s largest performing family” tackling everything from everything from Broadway to country, comedy to patriotic, gospel to rock, and everything between. This family works as heard, if not harder, than any performing family ever, and I promise you’ll have a great time.

Call 417-334-0076, or visit

Yakov Smirnoff returns Thursday  

One of the funniest, and most interesting performers in town, Yakov Smirnoff, the Russian-born comedian who took the United States by storm in the 1980s and became one of the biggest stars in Ozark Mountain Country in the 1990s, is back at the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre for special shows Thursday through Saturday, as well as July 10-13.

The comedian skyrocketed to fame in the 1980s in films and on TV, and has also given command performances at the White House for several presidents and honored guests. 

President Ronald Reagan even called Smirnoff a “national treasure.”

In 1993, he became one of the most popular acts during the Branson boom years, and he told me he always loves coming back to Branson.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s birthday month than hanging out with Smirnoff, a man who loves this country as much, if not more, than every one of my Loyal Reader(s). 

Showtimes will be 2 p.m. Thursday  and Sunday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as July 10-13.

Visit, follow him on Twitter and Facebook, or call 417-336-3838.

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