The Mansion Theatre takes top honors
Kristy Adams was excited to discover The Mansion Theatre nabbed top honors and was named “Best Concert Venue” and “Best Christmas Show” in the recent Best of Branson readers’ choice awards.
"We're usually not included in contests like this," the theatre's Director of Sales and Marketing explained. "It is very exciting to win these awards."
In the first-of-its-kind Branson contest, more than 75,000 votes were cast for Branson’s best shows, attractions, dining and accommodations.
The Mansion Theatre, Adams said, is unique among the live entertainment capital's other theatres.
"The Mansion has focused over the last few years only on concerts," she said of the 3,000-seat state-of-the-art theatre. "We operate like a road house. We can switch out shows nightly if we need to. That makes us really skilled at bringing in national touring shows. It also reminds people in the industry that Branson may be a small Ozark town, but we can handle major shows."
Many of the entertainment industry’s top touring acts make The Mansion Theatre a regular stop, including The Oak Ridge Boys, Neal McCoy and Dailey & Vincent. And, this Christmas season, Tony Orlando returns to Branson with his iconic Great American Christmas.
"He has been a Branson-area resident for 25 years," Adams said. “During the last five years he’s taken his Christmas show on the road and hasn’t performed in Branson at all. The show has been in Vegas and around the country and this will be the first time in a long time he’s back. Everyone is so excited for Tony to be back."
Hearing that kind of excitement about his holiday return to Branson made Tony proud.
"The show was born right here in Branson," Orlando said. "The Mansion Theatre asked me if I could come back with the show. There was such an overwhelming demand. It's an honor and a privilege, and I was humbled by the opportunity.” Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas has enjoyed a long run in Branson and around the country.
"It started out as a play with Santa and me," the entertainment legend explained. "Then it morphed into a play and then a concert play called Great American Christmas. Now it's fully concertized. The show is probably the longest running Christmas show any pop performer has had that I know of. We are very proud of the fact it’s had a couple of decades running.”
Having national touring acts call The Mansion Theatre home throughout the season makes Adams proud of her staff and the loyal entertainers who return time after time.
“We are really honored,” she said. “It’s important for us to not only be the best for our customers, but to be the best for our entertainers. So, when they go back out there in the big world they are telling other entertainers ‘Hey… go to Branson. You won’t believe what they have down there.’ Our entertainers and staff and guests prove it time and time again.”