Okay, I’m taking a quick break from rehearsals to write this. We open on April 16 (just a few days away) so life is pretty hectic right now. BUT we are SOOOO grateful because we are opening in our theater and not somewhere else. We can’t express enough thanks to everyone who has been working around the clock to get Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater back in business. Our theater-mates, Legends In Concert, open on April 14 and we go on stage two days after that. The show is going to be better than ever! This year is going to better than ever! We have great new stuff going in the show and so much more going on behind the scenes too – many cool things to come in the future. Yeah baby! Okay, I gotta’ run but here are some pixies of the theater right after it was hit by the tornado. A lot of people have asked what it looked like, so here ya’ go. When you see these pictures and compare them to what the theater looks like NOW it’s miraculous that the crew was able to pull of what they did in just 44 days. So cool. The main message here is that we’re open for business, BRANSON IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS, and 2012 promises to be BRETTER than ever. Can’t wait to see you this year!
The lobby: The lobby was pretty demolished, but NO priceless Dick Clark’s memorabilia was harmed and none of the box office computer systems were touched either. All of our offices were preserved as well. What a blessing!
The auditorium: Thank goodness it was sunny day after the tornado. There was a lot of water damage inside the auditorium though, so we have brand-new sound, lighting and video equipment which will make the show even better than it was.