Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Brings High Drama to HOB

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In addition to hosting major concert events and serving excellent Southern cuisine, the House of Blues also crosses the police tape to give patrons a unique night of make-believe crime fighting as a part of its Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre series. Part dinner, part drama, and all quality entertainment, this unique event puts patrons in the middle of a mock investigation into a staged homicide that takes place during the course of dinner service in the House of Blues ballroom.

Guests join a large dinner party that has been infiltrated by undercover actors who play sneaky roles and drop hints that are critical to solving the pretend murder. Attendees gather clues and form their own theories about the perpetrator of the crime, and the sleuth who cracks the case is rewarded for unraveling the mystery. Here's the rub; no one knows exactly which guests are legit and which ones are actors, adding to the degree of difficulty of turning a “Whodunit” into an “Isolvedit”.

Spoiler alerts prevent us from revealing too much of the storylines, but visitors looking for a fun and unique night out can expect a happy ending. Hosted on select evenings throughout the year, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre features several different scripts so that no two nights are exactly alike. Even if you don't solve the murder, dinner itself is worth the trip. Start things off with a Blues Brothers Salad, followed by the Citrus-Marinated Chicken Breast with rice pilaf and vegetable as an entree, and capped off by a delicious dessert of Bourbon Bread Pudding with bananas, white chocolate, a bourbon caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream. Mixed drinks, beer and wine are also available at dinner service.

Reservations are required for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, which begins at 7 p.m. sharp and requires guests to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to avoid any interruptions in the show. For dates and tickets, visit www.hob.myrtlebeach. Located in the Barefoot Landing shopping and dining complex, the House of Blues offers Southern-style dining, a major concert venue featuring national touring acts, as well as the Crossroads Bar with live local and regional music. Here's a look at some of the HOB's biggest draws:

* Gospel Brunch: Experience good food for the body and great vibes for the soul at the House of Blues’ Sunday Gospel Brunch. Featuring inspirational music from talented choral performers and a spread of the HOB's best breakfast and lunch favorites, the Gospel Brunch provides the perfect venue and menu for Sunday supper.

* Live music: The HOB welcomes some of the nation’s top touring acts to an intimate venue that allows concert-goers an up-close and personal experience with the performers on the stage. Upcoming shows include tribute bands performing covers of Journey (Departure, Jan. 21), Kid Rock (Cowboy, Feb. 3), and Guns & Roses (Appetite for Destruction, Feb. 11). The Crossroads Bar has live music six nights a week (except Mondays) with no cover charge.

* Discounted Dining: The House of Blues is offering excellent deals on early-bird meals in January and February. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the HOB serves some of its best dishes for half price, including the St. Louis Ribs, Voodoo Chicken, and Margherita Flatbreads. Craft beers, drink specials and live music are also on tap.

Following a suspenseful evening at the HOB’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, it’s time to retire to your vacation home away from home at Long Bay Resort. It’s just one more reason to put Myrtle Beach and Long Bay Resort on your hit list.