Music, comedy, and the heart are just three of the things audiences find on stage at the Doug Gabriel show in Branson.
A 13-time winner of the Branson Morning Show of the Year and led by the 14-time winner of the Branson Male Vocalist of the Year, the Doug Gabriel show features a variety of songs and musical genres from start to finish.
“I try to pick popular artists, but to name a few. We do Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Queen, Elvis, Tom Jones, we even do Grand Funk Railroad, ”said Doug Gabriel. “My wife is doing Little Big Town, Stephanie Haygood is doing Pat Benatar and my daughter is doing Cindy Lauper this year. The whole thing in our second half is a kind of rock’n’roll tribute from the 80s. In the first half, I’m trying to establish Doug and what I do and all the different things I do. “
Gabriel said the show includes some of his favorite classical instrument pieces, but also some new pieces.
“I added banjo this year. Nobody knows, but this banjo that I open with Keith Urban was given to me by my father over 30 years ago and was in my closet, ”said Gabriel. “During the shutdown period last year, I said to my wife, ‘I think I’ll try to teach myself this banjo.’ It’s a tenor banjo, like an antique. I literally taught myself by ear. My father had a book and we completely repaired the instrument and everything and I taught myself this banjo in early 2020. “
Throughout the show, Gabriel also plays the piano, guitar, and fans’ favorite mufftar, a guitar his father built for him from a 1969 Thunderbird silencer. In choosing which songs to include on the show, Gabriel said he was trying to play songs that everyone loved.
“We just try to pick songs that the audience will know and the reason we offer such a broad base of musical styles is because we meet all ages 3 to 93 on our show. I really think we’ll run into someone in the course of this show because there is so much variety, ”said Gabriel. “I also do some of my own original songs that I write that introduce my music to people. Like ‘Holding Answered Prayer’ that I wrote for my son’s wedding. “
Having performed at Branson since 1985 and hosting his own show for 26 years, Gabriel said he has been blessed for the longevity of his career in the entertainment industry.
“All honor and honor is due to the Lord for keeping me in it. I couldn’t do it without him. We were really lucky. There are many companies in the Branson area that have supported my show and continue to do so … I think people sometimes have an idea of Doug Gabriel from years ago, but you saw clearly what I was doing. I make a lot of people. I have been very blessed, ”said Gabriel. “One of the main reasons I think we’ve held out is because we’re constantly changing the show so all of my regular customers know they’re going to see something new from Doug Gabriel. It’s not the 1994 Doug Gabriel. “
Gabriel said he was also very proud of his band and the talent they bring to the stage on the show.
“I have the best players. Marty Wilhite on bass, Josh Gabriel on drums, Will Clark on keyboards and Dino Strunk on guitar. You can just beat these four. They are all award winners. We put on a quality night show in the morning, ”said Gabriel. “My big song this year, Bridge Over Troubled Water. This is really rangy, so I try to show my range in it. We just cover great songs and I have the band to do that with, to be honest. These guys are very talented. “
In addition to the music, the Doug Gabriel show features a balanced comedy by Gabriel’s son Jordan.
“I’m so proud of his comedy work. He’s hilarious. He has come a long way, ”said Gabriel. “He’s the comedian of the year. The show offers a lot of variety. Not just music, but also comedy. “
During the show, Gabriel also greets three singers on stage, one of whom is the newest member of the production.
“I have a wonderful cast. I recently hired Stephanie Haygood, Pat Haygood’s wife. She’s gorgeous. My wife Cheryl and daughter Jasmine, of course. They just do such a good job and they all look great. It makes for a great show. We are going to the future. We always feel that our best days are ahead and we will do it until the Lord tells us otherwise. “
The show’s crew also includes Nathan Agdeppa for the sound, Nick Monteleon for the lights, and Todd Eska for the spotlight. Gabriel said he meant everything to have his wife and children perform alongside him at every show.
“It is a blessing from the Lord to work with my family every day. My son (Josh) is a grown man, he has his own wife and children and he also drums for The Baldknobbers … Jordan is the soundman of The Baldknobbers. My son, my comedian, he’s your sound engineer. They all do different things. My daughter is a professional photographer. She now has her own photo shop and she’s getting along well with that. We have two grandchildren. It is definitely a blessing to be able to work with my family every day, ”said Gabriel. “I’ll let you know, even my cast and crew are like family to me. We don’t just hire anyone. We think about it, we pray about it. We have a great crew. The best i ever had. In my opinion the best show I’ve ever done. “
The current show will run through October, at which point Gabriel said they would move on to their Christmas show; which starts on November 3rd.
“The way we do it, we keep our first half as it is and then the second half becomes our family Christmas show. It’s called A Gabriel Family Christmas, ”said Gabriel. “In my Christmas show I also do something that no one has ever done and I play the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ with which I end my Christmas show on the guitar. It really is something. Of course I play by ear, so I had to teach myself. “
Show times for the rest of September are Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. In October, a 10am Thursday show will be added to the program for the rest of the year.
The Doug Gabriel show occurs at the Branson Famous Theater, located on 645 State Highway 165 in Branson. For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, visit douggabriel.com or call 417-337-8300.