Tony Orlando, in his 20th and final season in Branson, brings his incomparable energy and talent to the Welk Resort Theatre with his acclaimed Christmas show, Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas! From November 5 through November 30, in a 20 show limited engagement, Tony will sing all of your holiday favorites and will also include his greatest hits from over 50 years in show business; “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”, “Sweet Gypsy Rose” and more. Then, Santa pays a visit and Tony and Santa honor the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a Branson must see and a perennial family favorite!
Tony has announced that this will be his final Christmas season in Branson. “Branson is my home and I love being part of the community. After 20 years, I just feel it is time to take The Great American Christmas Show out to America”, says Orlando. Tony will continue his touring schedule with appearances at Performing Arts Centers and Casinos throughout the USA and Canada. “We are so excited and proud to have had such a legendary entertainer in our theatre for Christmas,” says Dathan Atchison, General Manager of Welk Resort Branson. “There is no one like Tony!”
In 1973, he recorded “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree.” The song was number one for the year, became Orlando’s theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal. November 11th at 2pm, Tony will also host his 20th Yellow Ribbon Salute To Veterans, a star studded salute, free to all military past and present.
"Went to the concert with little expectation as I thought I only knew a couple of songs as Tony was 'before my time', but what an amazing performance!!! He game me goosebumps."
Tony Orlando remains one of America’s best-loved personalities. No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando. Tony brings to the stage a warmth and an exhilarating energy which is electric. From million selling records (five number one hits), a popular television series, (Tony Orlando and Dawn Variety Show), movies and Broadway (Barnum and Smokey Joe’s Café), Tony Orlando has conquered every facet of show business. He has been a recipient of three American Music Awards, and a People’s Choice Award and has performed for five U. S. Presidents. For his outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. He is a popular headliner in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, Biloxi and Laughlin. He maintains a touring schedule with appearances at performing arts centers around the country. Tony has also been named Branson’s Entertainer and Vocalist of the Year.
This Holiday Season is Tied with a Yellow Ribbon at Bally's!
Experience the miracle on the boardwalk December 10 - 15, Tony Orlando's smash holiday show, "Santa and Me."
It's filled with the joy and music of the holiday season along with Tony's biggest hits: "Candida", "Knock Three Times", "Tie a Yellow Ribbon", "Sweet Gypsy Rose" and "He Don't Love You (Like I love You)" capped with a nightly New Year's Eve Party.
IT'S A SHOW YOU'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER, A NIGHT YOU'LL NEVER FORGET!!
ONE OF BRANSON’S ALL TIME FAVORITE CELEBRITIES!
TONY ORLANDO ANNOUNCES RETURN OF CHRISTMAS SHOW
“SANTA AND ME”
NOVEMBER 9 THROUGH DECEMBER 5, 2004 – 8pm SHOW
One of Branson’s all time favorite Christmas shows, starring one of America ’s most Endearing performers, returns back by popular demand to the entertainment mecca of Branson, Missouri. Tony Orlando announces the opening of his Christmas Show, “SANTA & ME”,November 9 through December 5, 2004. This limited engagement will be presented on the grand stage of Mansion American Theatre, known for hosting extravagant live Broadway style musicals.
“SANTA & ME” was written, produced and directed by Tony himself, who bills the holiday celebration as a musical for all ages with a wide variety of Christmas favorites, comedy, magical sets, original music, and “Santa” himself, who delivers the true meaning of Christmas. Orlando weaves together humor with emotion, bringing audiences to standing ovations time and time again. “SANTA & ME” will certainly ring in the spirit of the holidays,” said Sean Murray, General manager of the Mansion America Theatre, already home to two musical extravaganzas, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and brand new show “Celebrate America”! Every performance promises a night full of surprises and a wide variety of entertainment as people see Tony shine when he takes the stage to share the true meaning of Christmas,” Murray said.
The holiday show falls during Orlando ’s Annual Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans, and annual Branson performance, which has netted Orlando accolades for his genuine appreciation of the men and women who serve our country. Recently, the College of the Ozarks and the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell were among the dignitaries awarding Orlando for his contributions of leadership, time, talents and personal resources to our American Veterans.
Orlando looks forward to the special holiday presentation and the enthusiastic response to his return to Branson. “Branson is a place you always remember, with shows you never forget,” said Orlando . “We hope this will be the beginning of many more Christmas seasons at the Mansion America Theatre.”
For more information, reservations and group discounts, contact Mansion America Theatre at 866-707-4100 or 417-239-1333. Santa & Me November 9- December 5, 2004at 8pmonly.
March 17, 2004
'Santa and Me' and
Tony back in Branson
brought back from Las Vegas because of audience demand.
By Michael A. Brothers News-Leader
Singer Tony Orlando has announced the Christmas show
he wrote, directed, produced and stars in will return to Branson this winter.
"Santa and Me" will run Nov. 9 through Dec. 5 at
the Mansion America Theater.
The phrase "back by popular
demand" may sound like another oft-used marketing ploy, Orlando says, but
in this case it's only the truth.
Orlando first came to
Branson in 1993 and made the city his home. Although he stopped performing there
full time in 1998, Orlando still calls Branson home and performs a veterans show
"The one thing I kept hearing from
the people who get on these buses that bring people to town was, 'When are you
going to bring back "Santa and Me?"'" Orlando says.
took the show to Las Vegas for the past three years.
a sweet, warm show," he says. "I play myself. The show opens in my home
and I see these red pants coming down through the chimney."
meets Santa — though he's unbelieving at first — and eventually receives a lesson
in the true meaning of the season. Santa's gift to Orlando is a Nativity scene.
"Christmas is a season to celebrate the birth of Christ
and very often when we see Santa he is ignorant of this fact," Orlando says.
"But not in this show."
The show features plenty
of classic Christmas songs woven into its story line. Gail Lennon will make a
special appearance in the show, and Orlando's longtime backing band, the Lefty
Brothers, will be its musical foundation.
director of sales for Branson Hospitality, which organizes motor coach trips to
the city, says the show is heavily requested.
it's because of Tony," she says. "He's so personable with the crowd
and it's not just your ... typical singing, dancing Christmas show. There's actually
a story to line to it."
What People are Saying...
“It’s the greatest Christmas show I have seen in a long, long time.I am so happy for Tony.”
From opening to closing
“Santa & Me” inspires, captivates and fascinates.It lifts your spirits high with laughter…not since the days of
old variety shows on TV can three generations of a family sit together and
enjoy such a exquisite stage presentation…not only will you believe, you
heart will feel good believing!!”
KJUL 104.3 FM Radio
"Santa & Me is Great! It's the best Christmas show I've ever seen. After seeing it, I dropped any idea of having my own. If you get a chance to see the show, don't miss it!!!"
“…I don’t know of any musical show I have enjoyed more than Tony’s special Christmas program…it is a reflection of his gracious heart and warm personality.
Dr. Gary Smalley
Ring in 2005 with Tony!
and join Tony, the Lefty Brothers Band, our famous 10
foot tall “Live Animation” characters along with our family and
friends as we bring in the New Year, “Rock and Roll” style at the
Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic
Jersey December 31st. For more information and show
reservations call the Tropicana at (609) 340-4200.