Folks in the Four-State Area looking for entertainment have a new destination to keep in mind.
The Coleman Theatre in Miami.
In the last year, the soon-to-be 90-year-old performing arts center in the heart of Miami has become a hot spot for Branson groups looking to expand their fan base.
Shannon Duhon, Coleman theatre managing director, believes the success Shoji Tabuchi found in bringing his iconic show to the Coleman opened the door for other acts to travel to Miami.
"We're honored they've selected our [theatre]," Duhon said. "The market is here to [bring] shows in the off season. They can go on the road, but be relatively close to home since it's only a few hours drive.
"They can make some money, and introduce a new audience into their fan base."
Duhon believes the proximity to Branson, as well as the strong Four-State market, equals success for the shows.
While Shoji Tabuchi is the most successful show to date, other Branson entertainers including the Platters Show, have performed to receptive audiences in Miami.
"[Shoji] was by far one of our biggest shows," Duhon said. "Which helped us book more shows."
At least four groups have booked the Coleman for shows in February and March. Duhon said more are calling, wanting to see if they could get open dates for performances.
"I think this increases the patron base [for the Coleman]," Duhon said. "We get new people here, for their first time to experience a show.
"They have a wonderful experience and want to keep coming back."
Duhon and others will celebrate the theatre's 90th birthday on April 18.
"There's a lot to celebrate," Duhon said. "So many have worked hard to restore it to keep it going. That's their legacy. Our legacy is to keep it standing and a viable performing arts center for everyone in the Four-State area to enjoy."
In February for Valentine's Day weekend, the show Six, will perform not one, but two shows at the Coleman.
The show features six brothers, who are called "an orchestra of human voices" is a contemporary vocal band featuring brothers Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis Knudsen.
The brothers, who have been performing together for decades, bring contemporary a cappella music with a beat-box flair.
They perform a wide genre of music, everything from contemporary pop to R&B to classic rock ‘n’ roll to doo-wop to gospel to patriotic.
“What an honor it is for us to have one of the hottest shows in Branson coming to the Coleman Theatre,” Duhon said. “It would be awesome to get them here for just one performance, but having them here for two shows is pretty incredible.
"They present a dynamic, unique experience. I'm excited and pumped up. I hope we have a big turn out for them."
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16. Tickets are $37 for adults, $32 for senior citizens and veterans (an ID card may be required) and $22 for students and children.
• Branson DeTour
Duhon said Branson DeTour 2019 will feature an assortment of acts, similar to an old-time variety show.
This performance, set for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, includes Terry Wayne Sanders (known as 'Homer Lee'), Motown Downtown, George Dyer, Buckets N Boards, Dolly and Friends, the Michael Frost Trio, Lou LeBrun and Leroy New's Tribute to Marty Robbins.
Tickets for the two hour show are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for students and children.
Additional information about the show may be found at www.facebook.com/bransondetour or www.bransonroadtour.com.
• The Best of Motown & More
The Best of Motown and More will perform a one-night show at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9.
The group pays tribute to numerous R&B and soul greats that have defined modern American music.
The men sing hits from the Temptations, Drifters, Four Tops, Coasters and others.
Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $15 for students and children.
• Melody Hart
An award-winning female vocalist and fiddle player, Hart brings a variety of musical styles including country, bluegrass, western swing and gospel.
Tickets may be purchased for $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students.
If You Go
The Coleman Theater is located at 103 North Main Street in Miami.
The facility is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday.
Tickets for all of the shows are available at the Coleman Box Office by calling 918-540-2425 or by visiting colemantheatre.org.