BRANSON, M0. — One local woman has started a campaign to bring Broadway shows to Branson.
Melissa Taillon has loved theatre shows since she was young, thanks in part to her father’s stage lighting business.
“I actually grew up in the industry,” said Taillon. “His headquarters was in Hollister, and he serviced all of the theatres in Branson. He would take me to a lot of the shows and teach me about how things work.”
The Missouri State University grad majored in theatrical lighting design and has worked on shows like “Legally Blonde” and “The Little Mermaid.”
“There is now more than ever a need for live musical theatre that our current shows in Branson just don’t feel,” said Taillon.
Taillon says her goal is to get a Broadway show to perform in Branson by 2023.
“COVID has shut everything down, all of the tours,” said Taillon. “I have no idea what their rescheduling is going to look like. How much time that’s going to take, so optimistically by 2023, realistically by 2025”
Though Taillon’s campaign began only just begun, she is already receiving a lot of local interest.
“In 24 hours, we went from 48 people to 180,” said Taillon.
Marshal Howden, creator of the Song of Hope Movement, is on of Taillon’s supporters.
“Essentially the song of hope is a political and economic movement aimed at preserving an arts economy to lead Branson’s future,” said Howden.
According to Howden, Broadway is the next step for shows in Branson.
“That class of production in Branson is just an opportunity of a lifetime and I really hope we can get it off the ground,” said Howden.
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