Tony Orlando & The Lennon Sisters
Instructions on how to make a wonderful Christmas show: Place 4 very talented, Internationally know entertainers on one stage and mix with Christmas cheer. Sprinkle some Santa magic on top and there you have the Tony Orlando & the Lennon Sisters Christmas show. When we went to the show, even the entertainers were surprised by a little old lady, but I’ll tell you more about that later.
The show opened with Tony coming out in the audience to greet the front row of people and start off singing “Christmas in Branson”. The Lennon Sisters, Kathy, Janet, and Mimi joined in with Tony and the curtain rose to show Christmas trees and decorations everywhere. They all sang “The Christmas Song” before Tony introduced the Lennon Sisters to us all. Tony then headed off stage for the rest of the first half while we listened to the sisters sing “Jingle Bells”. They had a short slide show of their life growing up with pictures of Lawrence Welk and all their siblings. They included a video of when they were young. They sang several 60’s songs that they said Mr Welk would not let them sing on his show, “Sisters, Sisters”, “Wishing and Hoping”, and the Rosemary Clooney hit, “Come On – A My House”.
It wasn’t long before we were once again listening to the Lennons singing Christmas songs again, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, and “The Holiday Season”. They brought out their grand children, Leah, Anna, and Jenna, and sang “My Favorite Things”. All too soon the end of the first half came as the Lennon Sisters sang “Ave Maria”. I have heard that song performed many times throughout my life, but this has to be the most beautiful rendition I have ever heard.
Tony started the second half, honoring the veterans for their sacrifices and their courage. He sang “Yellow Ribbon”, “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, and the Neil Diamond hit “Coming To America”. Tony slowed the pace down a bit and sang a lovely rendition of “Mary Did You Know”. Things got hot again as he sang “Sweet Gypsy Rose” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. This is where things got interesting. A little old lady came dancing down the aisle out of nowhere. Tony came down in front to dance with her. She was sweet and told Tony her name was Arvella Nelson and that she was 91 years old. She wanted a picture with Tony and who was he to refuse such a sweet old lady. She walked him out to the lobby where they took a picture. Just goes to show, you never know what will happen in a LIVE Branson Show. Tony rushed back to the stage and sang “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Just then, Santa made his entrance and sang “My Grown-Up Christmas List” to Tony. He presented Tony with a Nativity and told Tony to remember the Reason for the Season. Tony and the Lennon Sisters finished the show with “Silent Night” and “Come All Ye Faithful”.
As you can tell there are lots and lots of Christmas songs in the show and would be the perfect way to begin your Christmas season. I highly recommend this show. You won’t get to see Arvella, but you will see a great performance by Tony Orlando and the Lennon Sisters. I can get you tickets to this show for $37.00, that's $2.50 off the Box Office rate, by calling 417-239-4274.