Myrtle Beach isn’t big – except when it comes to entertainment. Despite a permanent population within he city limits of roughly 30,000, its after-dark lineup is more big-city, including its own symphony orchestra. A huge influx of visitors has spawned a long list of award-winning attractions – music, dance, comedy, dinner shows and celebrity concerts. But in recent years, there’s been an influx of new live entertainment – The Atlantic Stage Company, featuring equity actors; Carolina Improv Company; and Standup Carolina, a comedy club.
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Music of all kinds, dance and comedy come packaged together in at variety revues like The Carolina Opry – consistently voted best show by readers of Myrtle Beach’s daily newspaper – and ONE The Show at the Alabama Theatre. You can stroll down memory lane and hear hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s at Good Vibrations, playing select nights at the Opry or the Guest Artists Concert Series at the Alabama Theatre, where hit-makers like Merle Haggard, Clint Black, Loretta Lynn, Little Richard, Engelbert Humperdink and George Jones take the stage.
Theatre fans can take in the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and new plays from regional theatre across the United States, when Atlantic Stage and Coastal Carolina University combine forces, or settle into the beautifully renovated Theatre of the Republic in Conway to see mainstage theatrical productions, musical revues, holiday shows and children’s theatre productions.
The Carolina Master Chorale is the oldest community chorus in the Myrtle Beach area, and offers four concerts during its annual season. You can also see them, and other groups, at a concert for combined choruses at the “Festival-By-the Sea”.
Symphonic works more to your taste? The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra performs a variety of classical music ranging from chamber music to a full orchestra in a programme of 15 to 20 concerts throughout their season.
Dinner Is Included
Dinner and Dolly is an unbeatable combination and only at Dolly Parton’s Pirate’s Voyage, a brand-new pirate-themed extravaganza and dinner show, opening May 2011. Horseback entertainment is the highlight at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. You can join the lords and ladies at the banquet and cheer on your champion at the tournament action.
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Groove to vibes of your favourite blues, jazz, gospel and rock artists at the House of Blues where the likes of Norah Jones, Edwin McCain, Keith Urban and Chris Isaak have taken the stage.
Have a favourite from yesteryear? Head to Legends In Concert and relive your crush on Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Rod Stewart and Elvis Presley, along with a host of others.
Something Completely Different
You can explore magic and mysteries at Le Grande Cirque at The Palace Theatre, where some of the world’s greatest acrobatic and theatrical performers mesmerize audiences with their mix of artistry and imagination.
Fans of classic rock and laser shows flip for LIGHT Presented by Calvin Gilmore, the largest permanent laser light show in the U.S. A revolving roster of programs includes Classic Rock, Christian, Patriotic, Family Fun, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, U2, Pink Floyd and Holiday.
Take a trip back to the old country at Magical Spirit of Ireland on stage at The Palace Theatre. Spirit of the Dance performers kick up their heels, the Incredible Irish Tenors tug at your heartstrings and traditional folk songs bring out the Irish in everyone.
Casinos, Clubs & Comedy
Floating games take on a whole new meaning aboard the Casino Boats in Little River. Five-hour excursions with gambling, fine-dining and live-entertainment sail out into the Atlantic twice a day.
Feed off the energy and club-hop along Celebrity Square a New-Orleans style boulevard bursting with 10 of Myrtle Beach’s hottest clubs including Hard Rock Café, Margaritaville, Crocodile Rocks and Fat Tuesday.
Carolina Improv Company (CIC) lets you get in on the act with interactive improv comedy appropriate for all ages, while Stand Up Carolina, a comedy club headlining major talent, opened this past summer in Murrells Inlet with a non-smoking showroom, a full food menu and free parking.
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The Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach is where Shag dancing, also known as the Carolina Beach Shag, originated back in the 1950s and still is the place to Shag at a plethora of clubs like Fat Harold’s Beach Club, Duck’s, and OD Lounge.
Christmas is special in Myrtle Beach. Parades ring in the season throughout the Myrtle Beach area, while holiday displays like the Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens and Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium are sights to behold.
The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at The Alabama Theatre is a festive spectacle of traditional carols and holiday musical favourites along with dance and comedy acts; while the magic of the season comes to life at The Carolina Opry’s colourful holiday music variety and comedy show; and the Dixie Stampede is magically transformed during the holiday season to include a live nativity scene and holiday music.
For more information about entertainment options along the Grand Strand, visit www.VisitMyrtleBeach.ca.