From a dinner theater in Colorado to a summer musicals in Dallas, here are the best live entertainment venues in the country for groups
Looking for an activity to keep the whole group entertained? These live entertainment options add life to any group itinerary. Whether your group is in the mood to see a Broadway show, be wined and dined or take a behind-the- scenes tour, these theaters have something for everyone.
Broadway Palm Florida
Broadway Palm is Southwest Florida’s premier dinner theatre. Broadway Palm features nationally selected performers, dazzling sets and costumes, and a live orchestra. In addition to the main stage, there is the 100-seat Off Broadway Palm Theatre, children’s theatre, a concert series, numerous special events, a lobby bar, gift shop and art gallery. Upcoming shows include Guys and Dolls, Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Mama Won’t Fly. (broadwaypalm.com)
Candlelight Dinner Theatre Colorado
Candlelight is Colorado’s largest professional dinner theater. Located in Northern Colorado, talent is drawn from the strong regional artistic community and contributes to it through educational programs. The shows produced are carefully selected to appeal across generations so that your whole group can enjoy the show. Upcoming shows include Disney’s Tarzan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Jekyll & Hyde The Musical, Curtains: The Musical Comedy Whodunit and Peter Pan. (coloradocandlelight.com)
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Indiana
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre celebrates its 46th anniversary in 2019 with an exciting lineup of shows that appeals to a range of audiences. Beef & Boards works with each group leader to provide the best possible experience for his or her travelers, with a variety of options available including actor talk-backs after the show. The 2019 schedule includes 42nd Street, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and A Christmas Story. (beefandboards.com)
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre Tennessee
Thursday through Saturday are special occasions at Chaffin’s Barn, where you will find the finest and funniest Broadway plays and musicals and a buffet of delicious food. Since 1967, Chaffin’s Barn has been hailed as the foremost dinner theatre in Nashville. The theatre has space for 250 and can make your event a gathering to remember in our Mainstage. Chaffin’s Barn Theatre is more than a destination; we are an experience to savor and remember time after time. (chaffinsbarntheatre.com)
Derby Dinner Playhouse Indiana
Located just minutes from downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the 500-seat dinner theater this season features professional Broadway musicals and comedies, including Shrek the Musical, Million Dollar Quartet, Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, and Elf the Musical. Included in the ticket price is a freshly prepared home-style buffet featuring a salad bar, vegetables, fish, fried chicken, hot rolls and a beverage. Group rates are available. (derbydinner.com)
Dallas Summer Musicals • Texas
Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest. (dallassummermusicals.org)
Disney Theatrical Group New York
Disney’s storytelling tradition, creative imagination, world-class talent and Broadway production values combine to create a one-of-a-kind, shared experience like nothing your group has ever seen. From 20 to 1,700 people, Disney Theatrical Group Sales will customize a program designed to satisfy your group’s unique needs while in New York City, including group tickets to FROZEN, THE LION KING or ALADDIN to Broadway Workshops and our Behind the Magic Theatre Tour. (disneyonbroadway.com)
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Pennsylvania
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre offers many dining options, from a buffet to a served dinner to appetizers and desserts. The 2019 season offers Annie, Finding Neverland, The Will Rogers Follies and Holiday Inn. The 328-seat theater combines a live orchestra with directors and performers selected from across the United States. The theatre provides group leader and driver comps and discounts.
The Fireside Dinner Theatre Wisconsin
Exciting professional musicals, memorable dining, spectacular gift shops, Klopcic Family hospitality and fabulous service make The Fireside a complete destination in itself or the perfect complement to any Wisconsin tour. Caring for groups for 55 years, Wisconsin’s No. 1 motorcoach attraction is more than you’d ever expect! The Fireside’s 2019 season includes Menopause The Musical, That’s What I Call Rock’N Roll, Annie, The Buddy Holly Story and A Christmas Story. (firesidetheatre.com)
Great River Shakespeare Festival Minnesota
Great River Shakespeare Festival is Minnesota’s largest professional Equity theater outside the Twin Cities. Located in the scenic Mississippi River town of Winona, just two hours south of Minneapolis, the 16-year-old festival is a one-of-a-kind experience. With five professional productions running in repertory, mid-week and weekend matinees and evening performances, and free activities for all ages, the festival goes above and beyond to not only inspire, but make patrons feel at home. (grsf.org)
McCarter Theatre Center New Jersey
McCarter’s mission is to create world-class theater and present the finest artists for the engagement, education, and entertainment of the community. Winner of the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, world premieres include works by Christopher Durang, Emily Mann and more. McCarter brings artists from around the world to Princeton, New Jersey including Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding and David Sedaris. (mccarter.org)
NarroWay Productions South Carolina
Located just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, NarroWay is one of the top-rated dinner theaters in the Carolinas. Be greeted, seated and served by the performing cast. Be captivated with original scripts, live animals, special effects and a magnificent cast. NarroWay features live performances year-round. New for 2019 is Geronimo opening May 4. Favorites such as Samson, Lord of Light, The Fourth Cross and The Real Christmas Story return to the 2019 lineup. (narroway.net)
Mirvish Productions, Toronto, Canada
Toronto – your one-stop destination for all things theatre. Mirvish Productions ensures that your appetite for the best in world-class theatre is suitably satiated with a delectable lineup of the best musicals, plays and theatrical entertainment played out in the downtown core of one of North America’s most vibrant tour destinations. Bring your tours to Toronto this summer for a trip to remember. (mirvish.com/groups)
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre, Canada
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre is now celebrating its 25th anniversary and features all-Canadian music, from maritime folk songs to modern pop. Meet singing Mounties, Lumberjacks, a Hockey Player and Anne of Green Gables. While you’re enjoying the show, the costumed performers serve a famous all-Canadian, family-style meal. This high-energy interactive production features over 70 songs from Canadian artists including music from Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams and many more. (ohcanadaeh.com)
Pines Dinner Theatre Pennsylvania
Get ready for a great afternoon or evening of entertainment at Pines Dinner Theatre, located in Allentown’s West End Theatre District. A ticket includes a full-course dinner with fresh-baked bread, salad, choice of entree and dessert followed by an uproariously entertaining production performed by professional entertainers from across the country. Upcoming shows for 2019 include Rock Around the Clock, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Clue: The Musical and A Pines Country Christmas. (pinesdinnertheatre.com)
Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse Pennsylvania
Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse is America’s only all-comedy dinner theater. Rainbow has a number of dining options to fit every group’s needs. Buffet-style, menu dining, Lighten Up Lunch or Pub Night are some of the great selections available for your group. Upcoming shows for 2019 include Nana Does Vegas, Divorce Southern Style, Funny Money and Rainbow’s Original Christmas to Remember.
Savannah Theatre Georgia
When coming to Savannah, Georgia don’t miss the show that TripAdvisor has rated Best Live Entertainment, and NTA voted one of their Favorite Theatre Shows. Producing year-round, family-friendly productions for 17 years, the Savannah Theatre is located in the center of the famous historic district. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy high-energy singers, dancers and live bands perform pop music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, Broadway tunes, Motown, rock and roll, Stomp and lots of comedy. Group rates are available. (savannahtheatre.com )
Tibbits Opera House Michigan
Built in 1882, Tibbits is one of the oldest theaters in Michigan and is rich in history and ambiance. This intimate 499-seat theater hosts concerts, children’s programs, art exhibits and local events year-round. Every summer Tibbits holds a professional summer theater series. Shows this summer include Ken Ludwig’s Be My Baby, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story and See How They Run. Group tours are available and are adaptable to fit your group’s interests. (tibbits.org)
Tuscarawas County Ohio
Make Tuscarawas County, Ohio your destination for the latest in live theater experiences. Trumpet in the Land in New Philadelphia, Ohio’s oldest outdoor drama, celebrates its 50th season in 2019. Take in a performance of a Broadway show or the latest in music entertainment in the 1,100 seat theater in the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas or enjoy the one of the faith based musicals featured at the Ohio Star Theater in Sugarcreek.
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