Live Nighttime Entertainment Shows a Hit with Myrtle Beach Vacationers

By:Marie McAden


With its many amusements and attractions, beach activities and water sports, Myrtle Beach makes it tough on visitors trying to decide how to spend their vacation days on the Grand Strand.

Choosing what to do at night isn’t any easier. So many shows, so little time.

The lineup of nighttime entertainment in Myrtle Beach includes more than a dozen live productions, offering the best in music, dance, comedy and theater. Among the most popular shows are Legends in Concert and The Carolina Opry, the musical variety show that started it all in 1986.

When famed producer Calvin Gilmore opened “TCO” in a renovated nightclub, he never imagined it would become the success it is today. The award-winning production, now an institution on the Carolina Coast, has gained national notoriety with rave reviews by NBC News, CNN, The New York Times and Variety.

Staged in the beautiful Calvin Gilmore Theater, the two-hour, high-energy show features state-of-the-art lighting, sound, special effects and a talented cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians that bring audiences to their feet night after night.

As one would expect of a show inspired by the Grand Ole Opry, the musical lineup includes plenty of toe-tapping country classics — Hank Williams’ “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Not Woman Enough to Take My Man” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.”

But you’ll also hear a fun mix of Broadway tunes, rock and roll chart-toppers and pop songs like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and “Let It Go” from Disney’s animated feature film “Frozen.”

And like any good variety show, you’ve got your family-fitting comedy skits and show-stopping dance numbers rounding out the entertainment extravaganza. One of the most popular acts recently brought to the stage is All That!, the hip-hop clogging sensation that wowed audiences in the first season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Legends in Concert at Broadway at the Beach offers its own brand of first-rate entertainment with a live tribute show featuring artists who not only look like the superstar they portray but use their own voices to pay homage to their iconic musical counterpart.

The productions feature fantastic costumes, elaborate theatrical sets, high-tech lighting, lasers and special effects, along with a rockin’ live band and electrifying backup dancers, creating the ultimate summer concert experience.

A new show opens each season with a lineup of legends from the past and present. The five acts represent a wide range of genres from Barry Manilow to Barry White.

One recent production featured tributes to Katy Perry, complete with her trademark vibrantly colored costumes, country star Kenny Chesney, the Blues Brothers and Elvis. The highlight of the show was an amazing re-creation of Prince in all his purple majesty.

For more information on The Carolina Opry, Legends in Concert or any of the other nighttime shows in Myrtle Beach, click here.

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