The most successful live variety show in the South, The Carolina Opry, will reach an unprecedented milestone when it begins its 25th season on May 2, 2010 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
24 years ago Calvin Gilmore burst onto the scene with The Carolina Opry and forever changed the entertainment and tourism landscape of the Myrtle Beach area. Today, The Carolina Opry boasts over 6,700 performances and has been running longer than any show in Broadway history.
“When The Carolina Opry debuted in 1986, the idea of live nightly family entertainment was foreign in Myrtle Beach,” company President, David Olive, remembers. “Now, 25 years later, The Carolina Opry is nationally and critically acclaimed and locals and visitors can’t imagine Myrtle Beach without it.”
Gilmore is pulling out all the stops for this historic Silver Anniversary with all new shows featuring fresh music, comedy, dance, costuming and special effects. The show will commemorate this milestone throughout the 2010 and 2011 season with special events and commemorative tee shirts, hats, Christmas ornaments and other souvenirs.
Gilmore has spawned the growth of a new entertainment industry along the coastal region of South Carolina, and under his leadership The Carolina Opry has blossomed into an institution on the Grand Strand. It has garnered coverage from NBC Nightly News, USA Today, CNN, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and a host of others. Through a national television series and accolades like these, Gilmore was able to put a national spotlight on Myrtle Beach as a whole.
The Carolina Opry has successfully maintained its place at the top of the polls and remains a standard in entertainment in the South. The Carolina Opry is the only show to be named Most Outstanding Attraction by the Governor of South Carolina, the only show to win the Governor’s Cup, the only show to be voted Best of the Beach year after year and the only show to receive countless accolades from national media.
You can see Gilmore’s shows live nightly at 8:00pm in the Gilmore Theater, with The Carolina Opry show on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the Good Vibrations show on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 913-4000 for more information or to book your seats now for this historic 25th Silver Anniversary season. Tickets can also be booked online at www.TheCarolinaOpry.com.