Shoji Tabuchi and daughter Christina Lingo-Tabuchi are making a return performance to Miami after entertaining a sell out crowd at the Coleman during the Christmas season last year.

MIAMI – It takes a world-class showman to fill the Coleman Theatre, and talented Branson performer Shoji Tabuchi is returning at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 to bring down the house once again.

Shoji Tabuchi and daughter Christina Lingo-Tabuchi are making a return performance to Miami after entertaining a sell out crowd at the Coleman during the Christmas season last year.

The father and daughter multi-talented musicians will perform in an all-new family-friendly show with wife and mother Dorothy Tabuchi as the executive producer of the musical variety show which features country, classic, pop, polka, rock, big band, gospel and patriotic music.

"We are so honored to have Shoji back at the Coleman Theatre," said Shannon Duhon, managing director of the Coleman Theatre. "His December show sold out and we expect the same thing to happen for this show. Get your tickets as quick as you can!"

The Tabuchis were rehearsing for their summer tour line up when they paused for an interview.

“We're wrapping up rehearsals and then we're packing up and heading out tomorrow to our first venue," Christina said.

The Tabuchis' first show at the Coleman Theatre last year during the Christmas season completely filled the seats.

“We were really excited about that,” Christina said.

“The theater was beautiful. They took me on a tour, and I went and saw every room, and it was exciting. It's a beautiful theater,” Shoji said.

The Tabuchis’ own Branson Theater was partially destroyed in a fire and has been closed for a time.

“We had a fire last year at the end of May, and it's been a long process, but we are in fire restoration right now, so in the meantime, we have still been touring and performing,” Christina said. “The show that everyone will be seeing in Miami is a new show from what they would see in Branson and the Christmas show. This is an entirely different show, this is a regular season show.”

“They will see different costumes and everything else," Shoji said.

Christina said the new show may hold a few favorites, but for those who have seen the Shoji Tabuchi show before they will experience a brand new spectacular variety show.

“There may be a few things the same, a few numbers, and of course Dad always plays his ‘Orange Blossom Special,’ 98 percent of the entire show will be something they did not get to see with the Christmas show,” Christina said. “With this show, we do span all the genres from Led Zeppelin to Polka, to Bob Wills to Carrie Underwood, to Bruno Mars, to patriotic and gospel, I mean there truly is the widest span of music for all ages to enjoy.”

Now 74, the beloved fiddler, Shoji Tabuchi, began playing the violin as a child in Ishikawa, Japan.

“I started when I was seven learning under the Suzuki Method. It’s a world-renowned teaching method,” Shoji said. “I had started as a freshman in college, and when the late, great, Mr. Roy Acuff from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee came to Japan and played a concert. I went to see his concert and it just knocked me out!”

Acuff’s performance and a backstage meeting with Shoji helped to inspire the young fiddler to go on to pursue a musical career.

“I had an opportunity to meet Mr. Acuff and talk, and he said, ‘Boy, if you ever come to the U.S., look me up.’ So I had the dream of coming over to the U.S., and as soon as I graduated from college I jumped on the boat with my $500 violin to the U.S. My American dream came true,” Shoji said.

Shoji went on to win many fiddling contests, traveled with his own band, and made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry as Acuff promised, and many more performances in his career. In 1980 Shoji brought his music to Branson, Missouri, and built his own theater in 1989 creating one of the most attended shows offered in Branson in an elegantly elaborate theater, drawing a loyal fan base from near and far.

Christina joined her stepfather on stage as a child. She continues to perform` in Branson and on tour bringing her own musical talent to the mix.

“I actually started doing shows before we had our own theater. When Dad was performing at Country Music World I started performing there on stage,” Christina said. “Then we built our own theater in 1989, and I started with the show. When we started our own show I was eight, but I started performing on stage when I was five.”

In 2012 Christina took on the responsibilities and creativity of helping her mother by producing the shows, she said, “I do love that part. It’s hard. It’s incredibly hard. You’re coordinating everything from timing of curtains, to what set pieces, to what costumes, to what the lighting looks like. It’s a lot, but it’s what I’ve grown up doing and I really do enjoy it.”

“The good thing is I don’t have to do anything, I just have to fiddle around, that’s all,” Shoji said with a laugh. “I’ve got it made!”

Christina said like all families, they may have times where they go back and forth on decisions, but the family loves working together.

“We wouldn’t have it any other way. Me and my mom and dad have worked together my whole life and we’ll continue to do that until the end. We’re really lucky,” she said.

The recent tragic events in their hometown of Branson have been heartbreaking to the Tabuchi family.

“It’s just a family environment. As far as the tragedy, it’s heartbreaking for all involved, but it is amazing how this community comes together and supports each other and helps each other when tragedy does hit,” Christina said. “It’s amazing to see all the people that live here and love this place come together.”

“We love this community, it’s a beautiful place to live. There’s no place like Branson, it has so many music shows, and recreational places,” Shoji said.

Together the talented family has created a one of a kind, popular variety show filled with impressive entertainers that has delighted families and fans for many years.

Shoji has been recognized in USA Today and TIME magazine and featured on TVs 60 Minutes, Regis and Kathy Lee, Good Morning America and Nashville Now. He has also played for Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, performed on the Grand Ole Opry 27 times and played with many country greats.

Once again the opportunity comes to Miami to see the famous entertainers take the Coleman stage this week.

“It’s going to be a great time, with great entertainment, with great costumes, and we want you guys to come out because you don’t want to miss it,” Christina said.

Showtime is 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 and tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $20 for students and children. Group rates are available.

To purchase tickets, call the Coleman Theatre Beautiful at 918-540-2425 or stop by the box office window at 103 North Main in Miami. MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.