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Visiting Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, MO (Photos and Videos)

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri

Bobby Vinton's Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri

While in Branson, Missouri, my mother and I had to choose from a beautiful assortment of performers and theater choices. We would have enjoyed many more of the offerings had we scheduled more time, but we took advantage of our short stay to cram in as much of the musical entertainment as we could.

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.

My suggestion to anyone traveling to this entertainment capital in the midwest would be to allow several days, a week, or even more. There is so much to see and do! But if you only have a day in Branton, a trip to the Blue Velvet is a must.

One of Our Ticket Stubs From Bobby Vinton's Show in Branson, Missouri

One of Our Ticket Stubs From Bobby Vinton's Show in Branson, Missouri

Bobby Vinton, the Polish Prince

Bobby was the son of a bandleader in Pittsburgh and followed in his father's footsteps. Bobby's real name is Stanley Robert Vintula Jr. He had his own band at a young age. Graduating from Duquesne University with a musical composition degree, Bobby learned how to play multiple instruments including the piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums, and oboe.

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.

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

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

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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 great old tunes that I grew up hearing in our home. They accompany Bobby on stage in his Blue Velvet Theater.

A Musical Family

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 musical acts with Bobby, and his mother not only accompanies his singing but can belt out powerful solos 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.

Painted Ceiling Inside the Blue Velvet Theatre

Painted Ceiling Inside the Blue Velvet Theatre

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 sizeable colorful train prop on stage; a 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 beautiful.

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. It was a particularly fun way to kick off the start of that day.

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 going 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, 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.


Bobby Vinton sold his Blue Velvet Theater some years ago. He started traveling again to present his music to fans.

His lifetime accomplishments include a television series, plus his acting in a couple of movies, in addition to his singing career.

Bobby has several streets named after him in the place of his birth, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Location of Branson, Missouri


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: When we visited the Blue Velvet Theatre (not sure of the year or date) Bobby Vinton would have his mother on stage with him. You didn’t mention that so I think she must have passed?

Answer: When we attended the Bobby Vinton show at the Blue Velvet Theater, his mother was still singing with him as well as his daughters. That also was a number of years ago.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 16, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Branson, Missouri is filled with numerous theaters and venues of entertainment. It is a fun place to visit.

Robert Sacchi on August 15, 2018:

Is this one of many such theaters in Branson?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 15, 2018:

Hi Robert,

My mother and I truly enjoyed ourselves listening to Bobby Vinton perform in his Blue Velvet Theater. I agree with you that the ceiling is beautifully painted.

Robert Sacchi on August 14, 2018:

That ceiling painting is spectacular. I remember when Melody of Love hit the charts. I can see where you and your mom would have had a wonderful time at the Blue Velvet Theater.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2013:

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. :))

Felicity Brach on March 07, 2013:

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!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2012:

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!

moonlake from America on May 19, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2011:

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.

frank piecuch on April 21, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2010:

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. :-)

billyaustindillon on July 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2010:

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!

billyaustindillon on July 25, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2010:

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.

Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Rentals on January 06, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2009:

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.

shamelabboush on May 13, 2009:

This sounds fun. Thanks dear Peggy W.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2009:

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

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on May 12, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2009:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2009:

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.

nms from Cochin on May 11, 2009:

ma fav too

Pete Maida on May 11, 2009:

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.

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