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Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri with Photos & Videos

Updated on August 7, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri

Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri
Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri | Source

The Polish Prince

While in Branson, Missouri my mother and I had to choose from a wonderful assortment of performers and theater choices.

Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theater beckoned to us because of the lovely and memorable songs we remembered being sung and made famous by Bobby Vinton.

Bobby Vinton's show in Branson

One of our ticket stubs
One of our ticket stubs | Source

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was also a lure. While the original musicians may have changed in that orchestra (some of the older members being replaced with younger ones), they still play those wonderful old tunes that I grew up hearing in our home. They accompany Bobby on stage in his Blue Velvet Theater.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra on stage at the Blue Velvet Theater.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra on stage at the Blue Velvet Theater. | Source

Bobby Vinton

As many performers have done, Bobby Vinton and others have had their own theaters built in the scenic Branson, Missouri area and thus have to do far less traveling. The public now comes to see and hear them in that locale instead of the heavy travel schedules most of the performers used to have to maintain.

Quality of life for their families has definitely improved.

Bobby Vinton was the son of a bandleader in Pittsburgh and followed in his father's footsteps. He had his own band at a young age.

Graduating from Duquesne University with a musical composition degree he learned how to play multiple instruments including the piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and oboe.

Bobby Vinton's hit song "Roses Are Red" hit the top of the charts and many others joined that list from 1962 to 1972 awarding him with more # 1 hits than any other male singer of that era.

He had dozens of gold records and his smooth recognizable voice was just as good when we heard him sing many of those top hit songs in his theater in 1995 as it had been on earlier recordings.

He has performed on television as well as in movies.

Bobby Vinton's autobiography titled The Polish Prince was an instant hit.

He has been awarded a bronze star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His theater is of a European design and has embellishments such as murals painted on the ceilings.

Of course one sees blue accents everywhere from the blue on the outside of the theater building to the plush blue of the 1600 seats facing the stage.

Painted ceiling inside the Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri

Painted ceiling inside the Blue Velvet Theatre.
Painted ceiling inside the Blue Velvet Theatre. | Source

Bobby Vinton's entire family is musically inclined and perform with him on stage. His son composes music and sings with him. His beautiful daughters are in many of the singing acts with Bobby and his mother not only accompanies his singing but can belt out a powerful solo of her own.

The action on stage was nonstop. Costume changes were frequent. Acts and skits were continually presented to the enraptured audience.

Bobby played a number of the many musical instruments with which he is proficient.

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Bobby's two daughters perform with him.Bobby's son composes music and also sings.
Bobby's two daughters perform with him.
Bobby's two daughters perform with him. | Source
Bobby's son composes music and also sings.
Bobby's son composes music and also sings. | Source

Some of what we saw that afternoon included a ballroom dancing act; a Phantom of the Opera piece; a cute "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" act with a large colorful train prop on stage; Mrs. Noah and the Ark act with loads of people wearing costumes that looked like stuffed animals and many other action packed scenarios.

It was nonstop singing, dancing and entertainment. The songs of course were wonderful.

Towards the end of the performance, Bobby Vinton walked down the aisle into the audience and shook hands with people as he was still singing. I was one who got to shake hands with him.

It was a fun couple of hours!

We started that particular day at Yakov Smirnoff's Grand Palace and laughed until our sides literally hurt.

We left Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theater with his songs swirling around in our heads. Many of the people in the audience as they were leaving were heard to be humming some of these songs. Hard not to do!

It was fun gathering the photos and memories together for this post. I'm humming "Blue Velvet" in my head right now.

If you like good old fashioned songs and get a chance to visit Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theater in Branson, Missouri by all means do so!

These photos and videos are just a small sample of what you might hear and get to see and enjoy.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Felicity Brach,

      Great memory you have of getting to kiss Bobby Vinton! I merely shook his hand after getting to hear him sing his wonderful songs at his Branson theater. :))

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      Felicity Brach 4 years ago

      I enjoyed this very much. Way over 30 years ago, I had a terrible crush on Bobby. He came to a dinner theatre here in Rochester, NY, & I got to kiss him! His love songs are like no other, just like his voice. He is gorgeous!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Hope you get to enjoy Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre someday soon. I just loved all of those old songs and getting to see him perform them with so many of his family members was a treat. We did the opposite of you and did no shopping but did take in some shows. Ha!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I've been to Branson but we just went for a day of shopping, didn't have the time to stay for shows. Would like to get back there for some shows and Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre is one place I would like to go. Enjoyed your hub. Voted Up

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Frank Piecuch,

      I just googled that name and quite a few pop up. Have you done that? You could contact them and see if you could track him down that way. (They may or may not be related, of course.) Or alternately, contact Bobby Vinton. Perhaps someone at his theatre in Branson could point you in the right direction. Good luck with your search.

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      frank piecuch 6 years ago

      Years ago I read where Bobby Vinton's manager was Frank Piecuch, which happens to match my name. Does anyone have any info on him? Is he still alive? If so, how can I contact him? If deceased, where was he living when he died? I'm working on a family tree. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again billyaustindillon,

      In addition to the wide variety of musical entertainment found there, the scenery is wonderful. Rolling hills, lakes, clean air and for outlet shopping addicts...this is the place to satisfy all kinds of desires. :-)

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Peggy I have heard it has a lot to offer - particularly for the country music acts. I agree it will be a trip I have to make one day.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      Happy to have been able to introduce you to some of Bobby Vinton's music. We had an enjoyable time seeing his show in the Blue Velvet Theatre named after one of his more famous songs, and of course, the Glenn Miller Orchestra was wonderful...even without the namesake, Glenn Miller. Branson, Missouri offers up all kinds of music to attract people of all ages. I'd happily go back someday!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I didn't know much about Bobby Vinton - I know about Glenn Miller having recorded his last song at Abbey Road. Though the orchestra obviously didn't have Glenn Miller by this name - only in name. Great hub introducing me to more music.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals,

      Thanks for commenting on this Bobby Vinton and the Blue Velvet Theatre hub in Branson. I have no doubts that your lake offers good recreation as well.

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      Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals 7 years ago

      Branson is a great family getaway with many grand shows to visit. This one looks like a great show! Lake of the Ozarks is also a great vacation destination.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are welcome, shamelabboush. So that the hubs did not get too long, I have separated out what we enjoyed while visiting Branson. There are SO MANY theatres and types of entertainment there.....something for everyone. It started out pretty well focusing on country but has expanded.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      This sounds fun. Thanks dear Peggy W.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JamaGenee, I like those songs also. Thanks for the comment.

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      Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Was never a Bobby Vinton fan per se, but Blue Velvet and Roses Are Red were two of my faves from that era.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nms, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete, His songs and act are definitely squeeky clean as you put it. Enjoyable none-the-less. After writing this hub I had the Blue Velvet song in my head last night keeping me from falling asleep. Better not write any musical hubs for awhile. LOL Thanks for the comment.

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      nms 8 years ago from Cochin

      ma fav too

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      Bobby Vinton was one of the squeeky clean singers that were pushed to take away the Bad Boy image of rock and roll. They were pushed after Elvis went in the Army and faded with the surfer era. He was a good singer but I always thought of him as my mother's version of rock and roll.