Greg Brady Takes Branson

1970s star Barry Williams is ready to be the next stage act in Branson, Mo., but he's quickly finding out that the spotlight isn't shining on him as brightly as he had hoped. Can he make it in this tough town?

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American Country/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American Country/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American Country/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American Country/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American Country/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American County/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American County/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American Country/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Blair ©2014, Great American County/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

One-Man Show, No Audience in Sight

Tired of the Hollywood lifestyle, Barry Williams (you may know him as Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch) decided to make a big change — moving to Branson, Missouri, to begin the next phase of his career, starring in his very own one-man show. When he opened 70s Music Celebration Starring Barry Williams in Branson, Williams thought his celebrity would be enough to draw a crowd... but was he wrong? 

Branson: Population 6,050

While Barry's choice to move might seem strange to some, many know that Branson could be the perfect place for a show like his. The town began attracting national media attention in the 1960s when Branson (also known as "Silver Dollar City") was used as one of the shooting locations of the hit television show The Beverly Hillbillies. Once called the "live music capital of the entire universe," by 60 Minutes, the town is now home to more than 40 theaters and has hosted famous country acts like Johnny and June Carter Cash, the Presley Family and Loretta Lynn. Take our tour of Branson, Missouri.

From Broadway to Branson

fter a long run on The Brady Bunch, Williams spent a great deal of his career on the stage, performing in a wide range of live performances. He was particularly successful in musical theater, touring with productions of Grease, The Sound of Music and West Side Story. He even enjoyed a stint on Broadway, performing alongside Alison Fraser in Romance/Romance. His first shows in Branson, however, only brought out 15 or 20 patrons. Convinced he'd be an instant success, the experience left him confused.  

Barry and Jeremy

Barry's all-star assistant, Jeremy Rabe, also came along on the move to help him solidify "Legend" status in Branson. Once the pair realized that wouldn't be so easy, they set out on a mission to learn more about the town and how to make their show a hit. 

Enter: The Haygoods

Deciding to spend the day on the lake, Barry and Jeremy overheard some music coming from an interesting-looking barge. Luck was on their side that day because they had stumbled upon The Haygoods, one of the most successful acts in Branson. 

Performing Like a Natural

When Barry and Jeremy went to check out The Haygoods' performance, the tight-knit family band had a huge surprise in store for him... inviting him onstage to perform with them! Of course, Barry was a natural. 

Behind-the-Scenes Bonding

Inspired by their exciting performance, Barry realized he's willing to do whatever it takes to make his show a hit. Luckily, he'd found a new group of friends in The Haygoods, who have put on a successful show in Branson for almost 15 years. 

No-Limits Entertainment

With The Haygoods on his side, Barry is willing to do just about anything to entertain his audience. One night, he made his grand entrance onstage with a jet pack! 

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!

Barry also enlisted some of his longtime friends like Maureen McCormick, known for her role as Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, to help with his show. When McCormick paid him a visit in Branson, he was excited to show her the sights. 

A New "Bunch"

Soon after they met Barry, The Haygoods welcomed him and Jeremy into their performance family, which Barry says is very natural after so many years working on The Brady Bunch. But while they seem to make the perfect team, only time will tell if this new venture will be a success.