Celebrating its ninth year of bringing quality musical entertainment to the Grand Strand, the Feb. 18 Bravo Broadway Spectacular features actors and singers with big names in Broadway circles. This year's star-studded lineup promises another magical evening at the Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center, which is located about six miles from Compass Cove.
This year's headliners include some familiar names for longtime attendees, as well as some new, up-and-coming talent. Veteran Broadway actress and singer Capathia Jenkins is back by popular demand after delighting crowds in recent years. Jenkins is best known for her roles in “Caroline,””Newsies,””Change” and Martin Short's production “Fame Becomes Me.”
Also making a repeat performance, actor and singer Hugh Panaro brings his strong presence to the stage after appearing in popular Broadway productions “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.” Making her Bravo Broadway debut, actress and singer/songwriter Morgan James has starred in “Motown: The Musical” and “Godspell” and “The Addams Family.” Her debut studio album, “Hunter,” was released by Epic Records in November 2014 to critical acclaim
The Bravo Broadway Spectacular , which is held in conjunction with the locally based Long Bay Symphony and is a fundraiser for the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. The Myrtle Beach High Schools Music & Arts Center is located few blocks from Broadway at the Beach, so guests can enjoy dinner and shopping before making their way to the one-night performance. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.longbaysymphony.com. If you can't make this performance, check out these upcoming shows:
* Five Irish Tenors: On Jan. 22, Five Irish Tenors makes its one-night-only stop on the Grand Strand for its first-ever North American Tour. Featuring a talented quintet of singers performing Irish songs and operatic arias, the show expects to fill the Calvin Gilmore Theater.
* Nationalistic Fervor: Also on Jan. 22, violinist Yoojin Jang takes center stage in this exploration of music's role in nationalism with examples of iconic songs from the past and present.
* Hot Jersey Nights: Heat up to the memorable music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons as The Palace Theatre re-opens for business. Hurricane Matthew took its best swing at the Broadway at the Beach theater, but it is back for another season.
* Time Warp: Back for another season, this popular show at The Carolina Opry features the memorable music of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. High-tech laser lights and multi-media special effects make this a must-see.
* ONE The Show: In February, the Alabama Theatre’s long-running showcase returns to the stage for another season. ONE continues to pack the house with a fresh script and a new, talented cast performing song and dance numbers.
After a nice night out at the show, return to your oceanfront oasis at Compass Cove Resort and relax on your private balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the perfect way to end a double-bucket list day in Myrtle Beach.