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February 16, 2012

Branson's Hughes Brothers roll out new show

‘It’ leaves lot of room for flexibility

BRANSON, MO. -- — Jason Hughes gets excited when he talks about his family’s show.

“When we first came to Branson it was just the Hughes brothers,” he said. “Since then, we’ve added our wives and kids to the show. They are so  good.”

The Hughes Brothers Show, a Branson staple for more than 17 years, has been reworked and rebranded for the 2012 season.

The newly named “It,” a musical variety show, includes Jason Hughes and his four performing brothers, their five wives, a five-piece band and more than 30 of the siblings’ children.

Listen to Dave Woods talk with Jason Hughes about their upcoming Disney Studios production featuring the Hughes family.

“’It’ came from us realizing that ‘The Hughes Brothers’ no longer describes our show,” Hughes said. “‘It’ gives us the freedom to do a lot more. When people hear ‘Hughes Brothers’ they might have a narrow view of what we do. ‘It’ leaves it up to the imagination. The show has so many different facets to it. We don’t want to pigeon-hole ‘It.’”

The show opens with pop favorites, a ’50s medley, some classical guitar, a lot of dancing and a little comic relief. The second half of the show brings a little Broadway to the Branson stage.

The brothers’ wives, Hughes said, play a big part in the show and are on-stage naturals.

“Our wives are so much faster than we are when it comes to dance steps and learning songs and remembering lyrics,” Hughes said. “The brothers have always sung well and we are all musicians. We pick up on musical parts quickly, but remembering the dance steps? They are just so much faster.”

With the wide variety of musical styles the Hughes family offers during “It” comes the need for a wide of variety of dance styles.

“The dancing is different in ‘It,’” Hughes said. “In the first half we a do a lot of popular stuff and in the second half a lot of Broadway, which lends itself to dancing.”

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