If you’re looking for amazing live entertainment the whole family can enjoy, the Myrtle Beach area is the place to be! Read on to learn more about two of the grandest entertainment venues on the east coast, Alabama Theatre and The Calvin Gilmore Theater!
The Country music stars of ALABAMA returned to their musical roots in Myrtle Beach to open Alabama Theatre in 1993. Gaylord Entertainment brought on a talented team from Las Vegas, Nashville and Los Angeles to write and design the theatre’s first shows, American Pride and Christmas in Dixie. Flash forward to 2015, and Gaylord Entertainment continues to provide top-quality original entertainment since the day the theatre first opened.
Located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, Alabama Theatre was voted the Best Live Entertainment Theatre in Myrtle Beach many times. They work hard to make sure both signature shows, ONE The Show and The South’s Grandest Christmas Show, leave you and your family dazzled and ready to return again for more! Each year’s show begins many months prior to the grand opening before a live audience. The creative direction ensures each performance is fresh and exciting for returning patrons. New songs are introduced, scenic elements are changed, as well as costumes and characters. Extensive rehearsals allow the singers, dancers and band to learn the show under the direction of the production team. The technical crew is also a strong part of the rehearsal, as the Alabama Theatre uses cutting edge entertainment technology.
In addition to ONE The Show and The South’s Grandest Christmas Show, the Guest Artist Concert Series at the theatre brings in top touring acts once a week, such as Alabama, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Platters, Loretta Lynn, and many other big names! Alabama Theatre was also recently nominated for the Country Music Association’s Venue of the Year award!
The Calvin Gilmore Theater / Carolina Opry
Come experience some of the best shows in the Myrtle Beach area, produced by the leader in live entertainment, Calvin Gilmore! The highly acclaimed performances at The Calvin Gilmore Theater set the standard for live entertainment, along with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and special effects!
The Carolina Opry (TCO) has consistently thrilled Myrtle Beach visitors for the past 30 years. With a blend of dance, comedy and music, this award-winning show is the only one to be named ‘Top Attraction in Myrtle Beach’ by CNBC. Featuring All That, stars of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Nashville recording artist Brad Long, and a cast of over 35 of the nation’s most talented performers, this show has a little bit of everything!
Highly acclaimed by The New York Times, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, The Carolina Opry (TCO) has won every major South Carolina tourism award including Most Outstanding Attraction and the prestigious Governor’s Cup.
During November and December, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special celebrates America’s most beloved holiday with Christmas music favorites with a southern flair, deemed “The Christmas Show of the South.”
Another popular show to see at the theater is Time Warp, a new show in the Good Vibrations series. Come listen to the best music, comedy and dance of the 60s, 70s and 80s, blended with incredible visuals. This high-energy, fast-paced show is sure to be a good time for music fans of all ages!
For something completely different, The Thunder and Light show offers a unique combination of clogging by the nationally renowned clogging group All That, magical illusions by Brandon and Hannah Wagster, and the same multi-colored five-laser light show that toured with Pink Floyd and Madonna lighting up the stage! With a blaze of color and movement from the lasers, timed with the music of Led Zeppelin Pink Floyd and the Beatles, this family-oriented show is sure to give you an experience you won’t forget.
Not only is The Calvin Gilmore Theater a top choice for amazing entertainment, it also features special performances throughout the year. Visit the Theater’s calendar and stay tuned for special events coinciding with your Myrtle Beach area visit.
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