Theatres and arenas are spread throughout the Grand Strand, each with one or more shows scheduled daily in the summertime. From comedy and concerts to singing and dancing, live music is as much a part of the family vacation area as the beach itself.
Pick your pleasure—Broadway performance, tributes to legendary superstars, country music concerts, comedic antics at a dinner theatre or visit a different theatre each night of your summer vacation and experience them all. You won’t be disappointed by the live entertainment Myrtle Beach has to offer.
Live entertainment is the perfect accompaniment to any family summer vacation at the beach. From singing and dancing to theatre and comedy, Myrtle Beach’s award-winning venues are found up and down the Grand Strand. Finding a show time that best suits your schedule shouldn’t be difficult as there are many from which to choose. You are only one ticket away from a delightful evening of high-quality entertainment.
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Home to One, the critically-acclaimed variety show featuring world-class singing and high-energy dancing to country music, rock ‘n roll, Broadway hits and gospel favorites, the plush, 2,000-seat Alabama Theatre is also the setting for some of the best concerts and live acts in town.
The only live show on the Grand Strand that is presented by the dead, Ghosts and Legends offers chilling tales of local lore as told by its cannon firing, door slamming, disappearing narrators. The haunting storytelling only begins after you find the secret panel entrance into the Southern plantation parlor, where the special effects will leave you speechless. Hear ghostly hurricane tales, fear swashbuckling pirates and marvel at a romantic story of true love. Shows are every 30 minutes.
Departing nightly at dusk is the Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour, where your family will hear more than a dozen spooky tales as you discover historic sites, haunted swamps and rarely seen areas of Barefoot Landing. Tours last 90 minutes and reservations are required.
Spend a scary evening communicating with the spirits during the Low Country Séance, a theatrical recreation of an 1850’s séance. Reservations are required and seating is limited to 10 guests.
Open daily. (4818 Highway 17 South, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach; 843-361-2700)
The House of Blues attracts standouts in the world of blues, jazz and gospel. Enjoy rock and country superstars, such as Norah Jones, Dierks Bentley, Edwin McCain, Ashlee Simpson, Keith Urban, Hootie & the Blowfish and Chris Isaac, in the Music Hall. The BB Blues Bar and the Sugar Shack Deck host live entertainment most nights. But wait! At House of Blues, there is more to your evening than quality entertainment. Arrive early and treat yourself to voodoo shrimp, seafood gumbo or The Elwood sandwich, because the food is as tempting as the music.
At the House of Blues, your family is invited to start your vacation off with a hand-clapping, soul-reviving good time. The Sunday Gospel Brunch features live gospel music and an old-fashioned Southern breakfast buffet, including shrimp, grits and jambalaya.
And what should you do when you sit down to dinner only to find that the gentleman beside you has been shot . . . solve the murder, of course. House of Blues presents Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre where the key suspects are in the audience. Ample comedy surrounds this whodunit, where you are expected to follow the clues, solve the case and win a prize. www.murdermysteryproductions.com
Call ahead for calendar of events and ticket information.
(4640 Highway 17 South, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach; 843-272-3000)
"An entertainment phenomenon," says Southern Living Magazine. There are two things that you have to see when you come to the Grand Strand, the ocean and The Carolina Opry! It's that simple. The first variety show in Myrtle Beach - and still the jewel in its crown, The Carolina Opry has for 21 years been trhilling the hundreds of thousands of visitors who pass through its doors each year. The New York Times calls it "A hit with visitors," The New York Post calls it "A Hot Ticket" and USA Today reports it "A Big Hit." "Talk about high energy! That's entertainment!" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). The award winning show blends two hours of critically acclaimed music, comedy and dance - from Broadway to country, from classic pop to rock'n roll and gospel to bluegrass. Also featuring "All That" - the hotter-than-hot urban cloggers featured on the hit NBC show "America's Got Talent." Directed and produced by Calvin Gilm,.ore (performer on the Grand Ole Opry and winner of the Best Producer award at IGCITA in Las Vegas) The Carolina Opry is the only show to receive every top tourism award, including the coveted Governor's Cup and Most Outstanding Attraction, the only show that has been voted #1 show every year. From the moment you enter the stunning two-story marble lobby, you know you're in for an extraordinary experience that your family will remember long after the tans have faded and the sand has been shaken from your shoes.
8901-A Highway 17 North, at Mile Marker 204, Myrtle Beach;
The best music, comedy and dancing of three of the most dynamic decades in history, 1960-1990. Elvis, John Denver, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Don McLean, The Beach Boys and Cyndi Lauper - just to name a few. The best music performed by these super stars is brought to you live on stage from the award winning talent that brings you the Carolina Opry. Not only does this show feature an award-winning ensemble of singers, dancers and musicians, massive screens take you through some of the best, funniest and most insightful moments of these important decades. You'll laugh out loud, you'll stomp your feet, you'll sing your favorite songs, you'll be touched and ignited, inspired and stimulated. Join us at the Carolina Opry for our newest show, Good Vibrations - a whirlwind entertainment experience.
8901 Highway 17 North, at Mile Marker 204, Myrtle Beach;
800-843-6779, 843-913-4000, or purchase tickets online.
Located next to Planet Hollywood at Broadway at the Beach, Legends in Concert is Myrtle Beach’s original celebrity tribute show, where only the entertainment industry’s best are imitated. Tribute artists from Las Vegas visit the stage to give you a live performance of chart toppers like country music’s Garth Brooks and pop rock’s Madonna, and the oldies but goodies, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
The uncanny looks and sounds of the Legends’ celebrity impersonators will require closer scrutiny to make sure you’re not seeing the real thing. They have the familiar moves and famous attitudes that make the live musical celebration a truly unforgettable experience.
Performances are Monday through Saturday. Call for ticket information and show times.
(2925 Hollywood Drive, Myrtle Beach; 800-960-SHOW)
The magic of the season comes alive during November and December at the most colorful and eagerly awaited holiday music variety show in the South! The Carolina Opry Christmas Special has been a holiday family tradition for twenty years. It's warm, it's funny and it's shamelessly sentimental.
8901 Highway 17 North, at Mile Market 204, Myrtle Beach;
800-843-6779, 843-913-4000, or purchase tickets online.
The spirits of me pirates and buccaneers that once sailed the coast of the Carolinas have come to life in Myrtle Beach’s newest show in many years. Ye landlubbers will experience the swashbuckling excitement of two pirate camps as they battle for the lost treasure.
Pirates Voyage just might take ye breath away as the Crimson and Sapphire pirates battle each other on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot deep indoor hideaway lagoon to the cheers and delight of ye fans. Spectacular acrobatic competition, live animals and a brand new original music score by Dolly Parton will create an immersive adventure experience.
All seats are reserved and advance reservations are suggested.
8901 North Kings Highway (at the north junction of Highway 17 and Highway 17 Bypass) Myrtle Beach;
At Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, brave knights on Andalusian stallions battle for the kingdom’s honor. Watch the drama unfold as thrilling sword fights, royal pageantry and gallant romance transform the arena into the centuries old Tournament of Games. Within the walls of the 11th century castle, a remarkable display of horsemanship and a jousting match engage your family while valiant knights compete in the ultimate test of bravery. At Medieval Times, audience participation is expected. Cheer your courageous knights as they compete in dangerous medieval games.
Feast on a four-course meal fit for a king. You’re treated like royalty when you step back in time to the Middle Ages. Several evening performances are held weekly from March to December. Call for show schedule and ticket information.
(Fantasy Harbour, Highway 501 behind the Waccamaw Factory Shoppes, Myrtle Beach; 800-436-4386)
The Palace Theatre is located at the heart of Myrtle Beach in the award winning "Broadway at the Beach" Entertainment Complex. The Palace Theatre plays host to some of the greatest and most spectacular live entertainment shows, broadway theatre productions and musicals from around the world.
Check their schedule for showtimes for these three exciting productions: "Hot Jersey Nights", "Carnival of Magic" and "Dinosaurs". DINOSAURS - THE EXHIBITION, the new attraction at Broadway at the Beach! It was 65 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and now they are coming back life size and authentic! With over 25 sensational animatronic Dinosaurs this exhibit is a one of a kind, family fun interactive educational experience which is not to be missed!
(Highway 17 North and 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach; 800-905-4228)