Rankin Brothers

     

I can’t say enough about this show!  It is a must see for the 2008 season.  The Rankin Brothers started the show performing songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, & 80’s sounding just like the original performers.  We noted the high energy of the cast from the very beginning of the show.  The harmony between the voices was beautiful to hear. 

 They performed songs from the Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher (no, one of the brothers did not dress up as Cher.  Lori Kelley did the honors), and of course Simon & Garfunkel. 

 For a bit of laughter, toss in Mike Bliss.  His crazy antics on stage are enough to make anyone laugh.  He brought up a poor gentleman to the stage and told him to entertain the audience while he stepped off stage to get his unicycle.  The music that played brought this man to dance on stage, which looked like it caught Mike a little off guard.  I suppose most people just stand there, not this guy.  Mike is definitely a welcome addition to this wonderful show.

 The music slowed down in pace a little as Mark sang a few solo songs with Matt backing him up on guitar.  The show took a step back to the 60’s again as the Rankin Trio took over the stage.  Lori Kelley, Chris Spencer, & Betsy Cathcart sing backup for the Rankins and each in turn took center and sang lead.  During “Leader of the Pack”, Mike Bliss couldn’t help but to ride his unicycle on stage, “revving his motorcycle engine” as he twisted and turned behind the girls.  Each singer had an outstanding voice.

 Mark emerged on stage in an Elvis costume, wanting to sing Elvis songs.  It was said that the costume was headed to Graceland before Mark got his hands on it.  Mark’s voice was a wonderful match for the king himself.  He did well with the hand gestures as well.  Of course the King had a little more pelvis movement, but we won’t deduct points for that. (smiles)   When singing “I can’t help falling in love with you”, he sang with such sincerity it felt like he was singing to someone special.

 After a short 15 min break, the whole gang came back out dressed as a band at a high school graduation dance.  Everyone was dressed in formal wear.  We were encouraged to dance to the twist on the dance floors to either side of the stage, no one took them up on their offer.  The last song of the dance was Unchained Melody by Matt.  He really hit the low and high notes just right.  Bill  Reder  did a wonderful job on the sax.  Truly this man has been playing for a long time, really impressive.

 Mike Bliss reemerges for some additional laughs with his pet Rocky Raccoon.  Rocky has a little surprise for the folks sitting in the front rows.  Mike finishes with some juggling that is something to see - impressive and funny at the same time.

 The Rankins return with a tribute to Buddy Holly.  Peggy Sue was a crowd favorite.  Lori Kelley started off the gospel portion of the show with an operatic version of the “Our Father”.  Matt spoke of how many veterans thank god for watching over them.  They sang another gospel song in honor of the veterans.  Chris Spencer sang "It Matters To One" beautifully.  An amazing woman with an amazing voice who just happens to teach 8th grade science.  The show ended with a Chuck Berry song “Johnny be Good”.  Matt even did the signature Berry squat and hop across the stage while playing a “mean” guitar.

 These guys are truly wonderful. To make sure you get a chance to see the show, go to BransonQuicktix.com or call 417-239-4274.  Tell them you read the review on Bransonmom.com and you will get $1.50 off an adult ticket.

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