Hughes American Family Theatre
In January of 2000, the Hughes Brothers took over the former Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre, Branson’ s landmark theater in the heart of town. The family not only performs there six days a week, but also ownes and manages the theater now renamed The Hughes American Family Theatre.
When the entire Hughes family packed up and moved to Branson, Missouri from their home of 27 years in Taylorsville, Utah, they had no idea of the adventure in store for them. Two of the brothers were married at the time and came with their wives and children. The three other brothers have also since been married. Marty, Jason, Adam, Ryan, and Andy are married to Cindy, Mara,Vikki, Carina, and Becky, respectively. Now their wives and 27 children are also in the show, delighting audiences as they entertain alongside the brothers. With the largest cast in Branson, they also carry the title of the "World’s Largest Performing Family".
The brothers’ Branson-or-bust motorcade even brought along their parents, Gary & Lena Hughes. Lena proudly wears a nametag that reads M&M, which stands for Mom & Manager. She manages the business end of this operation of 30 employees, half of which are part of the family. Gary’s nametag says Chief Indian. He runs Papa Hughes’ Fudge Shop…along with anything else that needs running.
Even though the brothers have been performing together for 28 years, 13 of which have been in Branson, they are still young, ranging in age from 30 to 40. Their musical training took place naturally as they were growing up. Raised with musical parents, who were always being asked to perform for various events, the brothers’ talents simply seemed to fall into place. They’ve been harmonizing and performing as a group since the youngest brother , Andy, was only two years old. This undoubtedly accounts for their amazing polish and musical flexibility. But their incredible vocal sound is just one facet of their talent. They knock your socks off with their high-energy movement and dance. They are also proficient and versatile instrumentalists. They have a rare ability to make you laugh one minute and tear up the next. Their strong presence, sincere charm, love of fun and seemingly endless talent are just a few of the reasons they are very well loved in Branson.