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'Ozark Jubilee' back in town
Opens Thursday at Cumming Playhouse
"Ozark Jubilee" returns to the Cumming Playhouse - photo by For the Forsyth County News

If you’re going

The Cumming Playhouse will present Ozark Jubilee featuring Randy Newman at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling (770) 781-9178. 

Performers from Branson, Mo., will entertain audiences at the Cumming Playhouse this week.

Randy Newman, a country comedian and violin player, will present his Ozark Jubilee show at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  

Linda Heard, executive director of the Cumming Playhouse, said this will be the second time Ozark Jubilee has visited the venue.

The first time around, she said, the show was big success.

“Back about two years, Randy Newman brought Ozark Jubliee to the playhouse and it was a sellout, with many kind words about the show and inquiries about its return,” Heard said.

According to a release from Branson, Newman brings his “hillbilly style entertainment” to the first half of the show as he performs as the character Doofus Doolittle.

The show will also include violin performances by Newman, as well as many country, bluegrass and gospel standards.

During the second half of the show, Newman will be joined by vocalists Richard Ebert, originally of Nashville, Tenn., and Heather White, a newcomer to the Branson area.

Together, they will present “Legends of Country Music” as they perform classics from country music icons such as Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette.

They will be joined by the Ozark Jubilee Band, which includes steel and bass guitar, piano, keyboards, as well as several other vocalists.

In a release, Newman said audiences should “expect a high-energy, fast-paced show” with quality music.

“The band is phenomenal,” he said in a statement.

Heard had high praise for Newman.

“Randy himself is a prince of a fellow and that spirit is made evident in the show,” she said.