(1/2015 Branson, Mo.) The much-anticipated announcement of the 2015 show for
the Showboat Branson Belle includes the biggest cast and show ever in the ship’s two-decade history of sailing Table Rock Lake. In honor of this timeline distinction, the cast and crew are preparing to feature a 20th Anniversary Limited Engagement show with new acts and returning favorites in CELEBRATE! The stage of the authentic 1880s-style paddlewheeler will come dynamically to life through live music and more than a dozen performers presenting an eclectic array of entertainment — from rhythmic dance to America’s long-time favorite vocal performances, from fresh and contemporary to musical classics.
The new show CELEBRATE! featuring four complete acts, will be presented onboard America’s Most Entertaining Dinner Cruise beginning March 7, 2015. First in the lineup will be the all-new four-man dance troupe, The Rhythmics! presenting contemporary dance and bold footwork – billed as The Fastest Feet West of the Mississippi. Additionally featured will be one of Branson’s own, the beautiful Cassandré Faimon-Haygood, who has become a star on Branson stages, known for a voice as pitch-perfect as it is powerful. The ShowMen return with each of the five members bringing his own big personality, vocal talent and dancing abilities. The lineup is topped off with the returning Christopher James, one of the funniest, most memorable comedian magician emcees in Branson’s history – all accompanied by the live band, The Rockin’ Dockers.
Starting May 23, Memorial Weekend, a second cast will present the noon & Sunday CELEBRATE! cruises – elevating them to bright lights and marquee power, starring the world’s only aerial violinist, the multi-talented Janice Martin. Classically trained and remarkably gifted as a multi-instrumental musician & vocalist, Janice combines gymnastics and aerial dance into her one-of-a-kind performance. Janice will be joined by a new funnyman, the world-traveled ventriloquist Phil Hughes. Returning will be the clever magician and emcee Aaron Radatz and the live band The Castaways.
The 700-passenger Showboat Branson Belle is the largest ship known to be built on an American land-locked lake. The nearly football field-sized vessel was launched in April 1995 from the shoreline shipyard at White River Landing, located on the 800-mile shoreline of Table Rock Lake. Of historical significance, and in respect to the environment, her launching into the water was accomplished through the use of biodegradable bananas, rather than harmful lubricants.
Tickets go on sale January 26. Information: www.ShowboatBransonBelle.com,
or 800-775-BOAT (2628).