Ozark Jubilee to take stage at Memorial AuditoriumWORTHINGTON — Kick up your heels and come on down — the Ozark Jubilee is coming to town.
By: Julie Buntjer, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — Kick up your heels and come on down — the Ozark Jubilee is coming to town.
It has been a few years since the country music and comedy tour has made its way to Worthington, and the Branson, Mo.-based group is hoping for a sell-out crowd at a 2 p.m. matinee performance next Wednesday at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium.
Champion fiddle player Doofus Doolittle, also dubbed Branson’s funniest comedian, will entertain the audience with his hillbilly humor and high-energy comedy, said Randy Newman, Doolittle’s alter ego.
“One review said he was a cross between ‘Hee Haw’ and Larry the Cable Guy,” Newman said.
The Ozark Jubilee musical variety show was performed on its own theater stage in Branson for 17 years before taking the show on the road several years ago.
“Now, we just travel from coast to coast,” said Newman. “We do about 100 shows per year.”
During the performance in Worthington, Newman said the show will be filled with fiddle music during the first half with such songs as ‘Orange Blossom Special’ and ‘Black Mountain Rag.’
“In the second half, we get a little more serious with a lot more music,” he added. In that portion of the show, attendees can expect to see violins and entertainers clad in $5,000 suits.
New to the Ozark Jubilee tour this year are male vocalist Dave Watson, who will perform a variety of songs from some well-known men of country music, including Johnny Paycheck, Conway Twitty and George Jones; and female vocalist Rachelle Lamb, who will entertain the crowd with favorite renditions of Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette tunes.
“We do more of the traditional country music,” Newman said. “It’s a fast-paced show with a lot of comedy.”
Tickets for Wednesday’s matinee performance are available at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 376-9101.