Newberry Opera House | Newberry, SC
Curtain up. Light the lights.
Ethel Merman would have loved the Newberry Opera House. The First Lady of Musical Comedy would have felt right at home on this venerable stage, which was built in 1881, flourished until the talkies hastened its demise in 1952, and was presumed dead until a determined group of citizens resurrected this French Gothic inspired structure, renovated it, and brought it back to life.
Newberry is 34 miles from the state capital of Columbia and a powerhouse of culture, history and the arts. Newberry Opera House has contributed mightily to its appeal, as folks from all over trek to Newberry for an evening’s entertainment. Theatregoers enjoy hearing such acts as The Temptations, Chad and Jeremy, Arlo Guthrie, and the Oak Ridge Boys, as well as a variety of orchestras and dance troupes, the Vienna Boys Choir, operas, Broadway productions and comedies. The theatre is intimate, yet can accommodate Broadway plays and large groups of performers. You’re never very far from the stage and action.
WOW Factor: Depends. For me, an evening with Kris Kristofferson was a voyage back in time, and the night Don Mclean sang the 20-minute version of “American Pie” (accompanied by most of the 400 people in the audience) was a true delight.
Hint: Make an evening or afternoon of it. There are a number of fine restaurants close to the Opera House, including Steven W’s Bistro, Delamater’s, and the Cabana Café.
For a schedule, visit www.newberryoperahouse.com, or call 803.276.6264.
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